It looks like 2012 was the year to visit NYC! Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC & Company announced today that the Big Apple had a record 52 million visitors in 2012 — up 2.1 percent from last year’s numbers. And all those tourists brought billions of bucks to town!
According to new reports, the 41 million domestic and 11 million international visitors “generated an estimated $55.3 billion in economic impact to the city’s economy, with direct spending reaching $36.9 billion.” Combined, they purchased 29 million hotel room nights, worth half a billion in hotel tax revenue.
Clearly pleased by the record-breaking figures, Bloomberg said that the city is “well on our way to achieving our new goal of 55 million visitors and $70 billion in economic impact by 2015.”