Together with this week’s warm weather, New York City is expected to break even more records as the year rolls by.
NYC & Company announced Wednesday morning that in 2016 the city is expected to have about 59.7 million visitors — 47 million domestic and 12.7 million international.
This projection would make it the seventh consecutive year that the city reaches record-breaking numbers in tourism.
“New York City is experiencing an exciting moment in its history, with unprecedented developments and openings debuting across the five boroughs this year and beyond,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company president and CEO.
During the announcement, which was made at the travel trade show ITB Berlin, Dixon pointed out the substantial developments across the five boroughs including hotels, attractions, infrastructure investments, retailers and more.
According to NYC & Company, New York City had the country’s most active hotel development with 107,000 hotel rooms this year and a total of over 133,000 rooms expected by the end of 2019.
The organization also pointed out recent transportation developments such as the opening of the 34 Street - Hudson Yards subway station, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus and others.
“Every corner of New York City is full of diverse cultures, art, entertainment and performing arts,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“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.”
Last year the city welcomed a total of 58.3 million visitors, made up of 46 million domestic and 12.3 million international visitors.[Feature Image Courtesy Travel and Tour World]