NEW YORK CITY — The Big Apple just closed the books on its sixth consecutive year for record-breaking tourism, with an estimated 58.3 million visitors last year.
Last year’s inbound figures represented an increase of 1.8 million visitors over 2014, said NYC & Company. Visitation for 2015 comprised 46 million domestic and 12.3 million international visitors, both all-time highs.
Hotel demand was also strong with a record 33.7 million hotel room-nights sold, and meeting and convention delegates reached new heights, with a total 6.1 million attendees.
“We are pleased to see a sixth year of tourism growth in New York City as we welcomed 58.3 million visitors last year. The City continues to evolve, always offering fresh reasons to visit again and again, with more new developments on the horizon. However, with the continuing pressure on the global economy and the strengthening dollar, we will all need to work even harder in 2016 to sustain our competitive edge,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon.
Even with the nearly 6,000 new rooms added to the City’s hotel inventory last year – bringing the total to nearly 107,000 rooms – the demand for NYC resulted in 4% with the city selling a record 33.7 total hotel room-nights last year, 1.26 million more hotel room-nights sold compared with 2014.
NYC has the most active hotel development pipeline in the US. Overnight visitation has grown approximately 3.2%.
In 2015 a record 6.1 million meetings and conventions delegates visited the city’s five boroughs, contributing to the total 12.3 million business travellers that came to New York City.
Of the City’s four largest international markets – UK, Canada, Brazil and China – all demonstrated growth last year, with China showing the largest rate of growth, a 14% increase to an estimated 852,000 visitors. Preliminary estimates of 2015 visitation figures from the city’s four largest international markets are: UK (1.192 million); Canada (1.072 million); Brazil (926,000); and China (852,000).
In 2015 the city saw major attraction openings such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, One World Observatory, Brookfield Place, Kings Theatre, High Bridge and Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor.
In November 2015 NYC & Company also announced its latest tourism campaign, Unlock NYCTM, to promote winter travel to the City’s five boroughs (nycgo.com/unlock). NYC Restaurant Week runs through Feb. 5 and includes $25 three-course lunches and $38 three-course dinners at more than 370 participating restaurants throughout all five boroughs (nycgo.com/restaurantweek). NYC Broadway Week, offering two-for-one tickets at nearly 30 Broadway shows, runs through Feb. 5, and NYC Off-Broadway Week, also offering two-for-one tickets, runs Feb. 1 – 14. Tickets went on sale Jan. 19.