New York marks record number of tourist arrivals

The city tourism bureau of New York City & Company (NYC & Co) has published a new record of over 62.8 million tourist arrival in the state during 2017. The new arrival is 3.8 per cent more than that of 2016.

The data states that over 79.1 per cent tourist were domestic tourists and the remaining are from foreign countries. The most number of tourists showed up from UK, China and Canada.

“It’s difficult to explain the role of politics, I think people are becoming numb to everything in the news every day. For international travellers, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, travel is almost a right. We think they’re looking beyond politics,” said Fred Dixon, president and chief executive of NYC & Co.

Domestic travellers had spent over $500 on average, while foreigners spent $2,000, followed by a 50 per cent more increase in hotel occupancy.