Last updated: 10:20 AM ET, Thu March 10 2016

NYC & Company Expecting Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers for 2016

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | March 10, 2016

NYC & Company Expecting Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers for 2016

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On Wednesday, NYC & Company announced its 2016 tourism forecast during a press conference at the travel trade show, ITB Berlin.

According to the official website of NYC & Company, the organization revealed that New York City is expected to see a high of 59.7 million travelers visit the city in 2016 — a seventh consecutive year for record-breaking tourism.

The latest numbers from NYC & Company indicate that 2016 will see an estimated 47 million domestic and 12.7 million international visitors this year, marking record-breaking numbers for both categories.

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For comparison, NYC’s 2015 numbers included a record 58.3 million total visitors, including 46 million domestic and 12.3 million international visitors. All three numbers were all-time highs, but the current estimates have the 2016 year-end results surpassing each record.

The continued development of New York City as a hub for luxury hotels, infrastructure investments, attractions, retailers and more makes it an ideal destination for travelers both domestically and internationally.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement about the tourism estimates:

“Every corner of New York City is full of diverse cultures, art, entertainment and performing arts. It is not surprising — but still exciting — to know that 2016 will be yet another record breaking year for tourism. I thank the businesses, artists and all New Yorkers who continue to make our city an attractive place for people around the world to continue visiting.”

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