In 2006, Mike Bloomberg set a goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors by 2015. In 2011 – four years early – the City reached that goal. In 2013, the City reached a new record high of 54.3 million visitors, who generated an estimated $59 billion in economic impact and helped support jobs.
Record number of visitors (54.3 million) in 2013 who created a record economic impact of nearly $59 billion.
Between 2006 and 2013, NYC had the highest hotel growth rate in the country.
NYC opened 18 international tourism offices operating around the world.
Record Number of Visitors: 54.3 million people visited New York City in 2013.
Economic Impact: In 2013, the total economic impact of tourism was approximately $59 billion.
Direct Spending: The economic impact of visitors’ direct spending in NYC was $39.4 billion in 2013, up from $26.4 billion in 2006.
Employment: In 2013, 370,000 New Yorkers were employed in the leisure and hospitality sector.
Number One Destination: In 2013, NYC was the number one destination in the US for overseas visitors.
Port of Entry: In 2013, NYC airports remained the nation's top port of entry, capturing an average of 22% of all arriving overseas visitors to the US.
Repeat Visitors: 65% of visitors to NYC had been here before.
Hotel Growth: NYC had the highest growth rate in the U.S. for new hotel development and almost one-third of NYC’s hotel room inventory (32%) had been added between 2006 and 2013. Approximately one-quarter of this new inventory opened in boroughs outside Manhattan.
5 Borough Strategy: Data suggests borough visitation increased following campaigns to promote attractions outside of Manhattan.
International Offices: NYC & Co. created offices in 18 countries around the world.