New York City has broken tourism records once again in 2012 with a new high of 52 million visitors.
The figure is a 2.1 per cent increase on 2011 and the 52 million tourists have generated around $55.3 billion in economic impact. Out of the 52 million, 41 million were said to be domestic visitors while 11 million were international visitors flying into New York. From the $55.3 billion generated, $36.9 billion was said to be reached from direct spending. 356,000 new jobs within the hospitality sector where made last year as a direct result of the increase in tourism and $504 million was paid in hotel tax revenue. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg stated, “New York City continues to attract people from all around the world who want to experience our unique culture, food, parks, shopping, arts and energy. The tourism industry is thriving, creating thousands of jobs for New Yorkers at all rungs of the economic ladder. We are well on our way to achieving our new goal of 55 million visitors and $70 billion in economic impact by 2015.” This is the third year in a row that New York has topped its own previous tourism figures. Emily Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and chairman of NYC & Company’s Board of Directors, said, "it’s gratifying that the City continues to attract more visitors each year... On behalf of all of NYC & Company’s 2,000 members, we look forward to working together to ensure the City maintains its position as the number one big city destination in the U.S.” Image Sources: 12