Did You Spend Nearly $700 in New York City in 2010? Because Every Other Tourist Did
48.7 million. That, according to New York City's mayor Michael Bloomberg, is how many tourists visited the Big Apple in 2010. It's a record number for the city, and further statistics reveal that those millions of visitors then spent $31 billion in the city during their stays. That's each person spending $636.55, which we all know can easily be eaten up solely by a hotel stay.
Although these 48.7 million tourists in 2010 pretty much made parts of Fifth Avenue in Midtown and Broadway in Soho impassable, Bloomberg is aiming to attract even more this year. 50 millions is the magic number now, and, believe it or not, those numbers and their spending is helping to support the city's 5th largest employing industry: hospitality. Hotels and tourism rank after health care/education, business, trade/finance, and transportation, meaning there are a whole freaking lot of local people ready and waiting to help a whole freaking lot of foreign people have a great time in New York City.
And although we can't seem to eat in any restaurants without being surrounded by French and Italian chatting, the majority of NYC visitors is overwhelmingly from the US itself: 39 million U.S. visitors versus 9.7 million from abroad. But hmm...do these numbers count all the tourists from other parts of the US who come to New York City and then just never go home?
[Photo of Italian tourists photographing Brooklyn Bridge: Jaunted]