But what many daily commuters may be sorry to hear is that the crowds at New York City’s top attractions are only going to get bigger. Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC & Company announced this week that New York City reached an all-time record of 56.4 million visitors in 2014.
Of the 56.4 million visitors, 44.2 million came from U.S. locations and another 12.2 million came from international locations.
The plus side is that these visitors generated a record $61.3 billion in overall economic impact, supporting 359,000 tourism-related jobs.
“From Soho to Soundview to Sunnyside, New York City offers visitors hundreds of unique neighborhoods and communities to explore,” de Blasio said. “Our five boroughs are brimming with new enclaves of diverse food, performances and art shows around every corner.”
The city’s hotel sector reached 102,000 hotel rooms last year, also selling an all-time high of 32.4 million total hotel room nights. Since 2006, hotel inventory in New York City has expanded by more than 40 percent from 72,600.
New York City has the highest average daily room rates in the country, finishing at $295 in 2014.
Tourist numbers are up from 54.3 million visitors in 2013, which also set a record high at that time. This year’s 56.4 million visitors represents a 23 percent increase since 2009, when about 46 million visitors came to the city.
NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon said that he does not expect these numbers to drop.
“NYC & Company continues to showcase both the city’s iconic attractions, as well as the diverse hidden-gem opportunities throughout all five boroughs,” Dixon said. “With the visitor at the center of all we do, I am confident we will continue to be among the world’s most aspirational travel destinations.”