For the seventh year in a row, Big Apple posted a new increase in tourist arrivals in 2016. Close to 60.3 million visitors came to the city that never sleeps".
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared: "Not only has 2016 brought the largest number of visitors in New York City history, but it also caps off seven years of strong tourism growth and 15,000 more jobs for New Yorkers.” He also added: "More tourism means we have more people investing in New York City and are able to create more sustainable jobs for more people. New York is a culturally rich and diverse city, with so much to offer those who visit."
In terms of hotels, demand grew by 1.2 million in 2016, generating record figures of 34.9 million nights sold at the end of the year. The city should also add 24,000 new rooms by the end of 2019; it currently has 111,000 hotel rooms. The city estimates that the sector contributed one billion dollars to the economy this year.
- Further growth by 4.4% in tourism worldwide
- In 2015, 109 million Chinese traveled outside of the country
- JFK Airport in New York: an old terminal soon to be converted into a hotel
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