New York achieves record visitor numbers

New York achieves record visitor numbers

New York City attracted a record 56.4 million visitors last year generating $61.3 billion.

A total of 12.2 million came from overseas, with the UK being the top international market followed by Canada, Brazil, France, China, Australia and Germany.

The figure for 2014 surpasses the 54.3 million visitors achieved the previous year and represents a 23% increase since 2009.

Average hotel occupancy for the year finished at 89%, while average daily room rates hit $295. Both occupancy rates and room rates in New York City are the highest in the US.

Fred Dixon, president and chief executive of tourism body NYC & Company, said: “I am deeply gratified to see our tourism industry perform on all cylinders—last year, we welcomed record international and domestic visitation to our city, while positively impacting our local economy.

“NYC & Company continues to showcase both the city’s iconic attractions as well as the diverse, hidden-gem opportunities throughout all five boroughs.

“With the visitor at the centre of all we do, I am confident we will continue to be among the world’s most aspirational travel destinations.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “Our five boroughs are brimming with new enclaves of diverse food, performances and art shows around every corner. Our excellent quality of life, low levels of crime, and constant dynamism continue to attract record tourism each year, and 2014 was no exception.”


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