Published on : Thursday, February 5, 2015
New York observed record number of visitors in 2014 than in any other year in the city’s history, when 56.4 million people visited the biggest US city and tourism generated $61.3 billion for the city, supporting about 359,000 jobs.
Tourism numbers in New York improved across the board in 2014, and the total number of tourists increased about 23 per cent since 2009.
Overall hotel occupancy in the city was 89 per cent, up from 88.5 per cent in 2013, and average hotel costs rose to $295 per night, up from $291 per night in 2013.
New York added about 10,000 hotel rooms from 2013 to 2014, jumping to a total of 102,000, the tourism report said.
Local tourists made up the bulk of the 56.4 million, with about 44.2 million tourists coming from within the US. Of the 12.2 million foreign visitors, the majority came from the UK, followed by Canada, Brazil, China and France.
In the US New York City is the most popular destination, the top port-of-entry for foreign visitors, the top city for tourism spending, and has the highest share of foreign visitors to the U.S. — approximately one-third.