New York City has achieved an all-time record 56.4 million visitors in 2014. The visitors generated a record $61.3 billion in overall economic impact and supported 359,000 tourism related jobs and $21 billion in wages.
The City’s hotel sector topped 102,000 hotel rooms last year, while selling a record 32.4 million total hotel room nights, another all-time high. The tourism industry also generated $3.7 billion in local tax revenues.
“From Soho to Soundview to Sunnyside, New York City offers visitors hundreds of unique neighbourhoods and communities to explore - and last year a record 56.4 million visitors chose to experience all that New York City has to offer,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Of the 56.4 million visitors who visited NYC in 2014, 44.2 million came from U.S. domestic locations, while 12.2 million came from international locations. Average hotel occupancy for the year finished at 89%, while average daily room rates citywide finished the year at $295. Both figures represent the highest in the country.
In 2013, 54.3 million visitors visited to NYC - a record high at the time. Surpassing that record, this year’s tally of 56.4 million visitors represents a 23% jump since 2009. Year-over-year, the City saw a nearly 4% increase in tourism.
Since 2006, hotel inventory in New York City has expanded by more than 40% from 72,600 to 102,000 hotel rooms. NYC currently has the most active hotel development pipeline in the country, and is on track to reach more than 115,000 rooms by 2017.
The leading international markets for NYC are the U.K., Canada, Brazil, France, China, Australia and Germany, in that order.