February 3, 2015
By Stephanie West
New York, NY — New York City reached an all-time record of 56.4 million visitors in 2014. Tourism generated a record $61.3 billion in overall economic impact, supporting 359,000 related jobs and $21 billion in wages.
“From Soho to Soundview to Sunnyside, New York City offers visitors hundreds of unique neighborhoods and communities to explore—and last year a record 56.4 million visitors chose to experience all that New York City has to offer. Our five boroughs are brimming with new enclaves of diverse food, performances and art shows around every corner. Our excellent quality of life, low levels of crime, and constant dynamism continue to attract record tourism each year, and 2014 was no exception,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The City’s hotel sector reached 102,000 hotel rooms last year, while selling a record 32.4 million total hotel room nights, an all-time high. The tourism industry also generated $3.7 billion in local tax revenues.
Of the 56.4 million visitors who came to New York City in 2014, 44.2 million came from the USA. In addition 12.2 million came from international locations.
New York City is the nation’s number one big city destination, the number one port-of-entry for foreign visitors, the number one city for tourism spending, and has the highest share of overseas visitation to the U.S.