New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company (New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization) have announced that the City welcomed a record 50.5 million visitors in 2011– up on predicted estimates.
Warm weather at the end of December brought an influx of day-trip visitors to the city, contributing to the higher record-breaking total, and the East Coast is also enjoying an unusually mild winter this February which may push future visitor numbers up.
New York is one of the world cities where fractional ownership is flourishing, and many of the top Private Residence Clubs operate luxury residences in some of the most sought-after New York neighbourhoods.
Programmes such as Club La Costa’s World of Hotels give timeshare owners even more freedom to spend a night or two at a major city hotel either en route to their holiday destination, in between long flights, or perhaps as an extra weekend stay at the end of a vacation.
“The tourism industry remains a bright spot for New York City, contributing to more than 320,000 jobs across the five boroughs,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We not only achieved our goal to attract 50 million visitors a year ahead of schedule, we beat it by even more than we originally thought. The city’s diverse offerings, events and activities combined with a high quality of life continue to make New York City the world’s premier destination for both leisure and business travelers.”
Tourism is New York’s fifth largest industry and provides jobs for more than 320,000 people. New York is also the number one port of entry for the U.S. as well as the city with the highest share of overseas visitation to the U.S. (33 percent) and highest tourism spending. Even for Americans, New York City is the number one metropolitan tourist destination in the U.S.
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