35781152 – new york, usa – august 28, 2014: crowded 5th avenue with tourists crossing the street on zebra
New York City set a new record for tourism in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year of growth, city officials announced in March. An estimated 62.8 million tourists visited New York City in 2017, an increase of 2.3 million compared to 2016, the city’s tourism agency, NYC & Company announced. Of those tourists, 49.7 million were domestic visitors and 13.1 million were international visitors… both record numbers.
City officials touted 2017’s record tourism numbers as especially impressive due to policies coming from the federal government that have restricted travel to the United States. Overall, tourism grew by 3.8% – with domestic tourism growing at a rate of 3.9% and international tourism growing at a rate of 3.4%. Officials are predicting that 2018 will be another year of tourism growth. Tourism should grow by an addition 3.7% with a predicted 65.1 million visitors, officials said.
Source: New York City Patch