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21 Mar 2018

BY Daniel Pearce

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New York City reports eighth year of growth

New York City reported an eighth consecutive year of growth in tourist numbers in 2017, despite the slowdown in visitors to the rest of the US over the year.

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International visitors to the city leapt 3.4%

International visitors to the city leapt 3.4% to 13.1 million, with the UK remaining the number one international source market to the city with 1.2 million visitors, closely followed by China and Canada. A slight fall in the visitors from the UK was attributed to the weak pound.

Announcing the numbers at the organisation’s general meeting at the city’s Lincoln Center, NYC & Company president and chief executive Fred Dixon said tourism in the city was at an all time high.

“Despite geopolitical challenges and a travel ban that made our task of promoting tourism more challenging than ever, we are pleased to see that we overcame these hurdles to welcome a total 62.8 million domestic and international visitors last year,” he said.

“Campaigns to counter the negative rhetoric such as New York City – Welcoming the World, reaffirmed our commitment to being an open and welcoming global capital.”

Last year New York sold a record 36.4 million hotel room nights, up 4.5% from 2016, while 13 million business travellers came to the city.

Major new attractions opening over the year included the National Geographic’s Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, the NFL Experience, Opry City Stage, Gullivers Gate and Spyscape, as well as the new NYC Ferry.

The latest figures from the US National Travel & Tourism Office showed the number of international visitors to the USA fell 4% in the first seven months of 2017.

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