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Even the most optimistic projections weren’t able to predict the final number: 50.5 million – a record number of visitors in New York City, number offered by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization,
NYC & Company also estimates that the city welcomed 40.2 million domestic visitors and 10.3 million international visitors. The overall figure is an increase of 3.5 percent increase over the 2010 figure of 48.8 million visitors. Visitor spending reached an estimated $32 billion, up from $31.5 billion in 2010. These are data from the official press release that you can read here.
The warm weather in December also attracted visitors – so the overall number of visitors is higher than the expected one. And, of course, that is a great reason for happy and joy in New York. Tourism remains the city’s fifth largest industry, employing more than 320,000 people.
50.5 million visitors is not a easy to pass number – so 2012 has to be a really great year for New York to have a new record of visitors. What do you think: there will be more than 50.5 million visitors in New York in 2012?