NYC Hits Tourism Record

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NEW YORK (AP) — With a falling dollar sweetening the deal for international travelers, a record-setting number of tourists visited the city last year, spending an estimated $28 billion, tourism officials said Sunday.

The 2007 jump in tourism was largely due to visitors from other countries, who numbered an estimated 8.5 million — a growth of 17 percent.

With a final count still pending, the city’s tourism office said an estimated 46 million people had visited the city in 2007 — up 5 percent from 2006. The jump was largely due to visitors from other countries, who numbered an estimated 8.5 million — a growth of 17 percent.

George Fertitta, chief executive of city tourism office NYC & Company, said the visitors were drawn by more than a favorable exchange rate and the city’s international marketing efforts.

“The city is more vibrant, cleaner and safer — and it’s just more exciting than ever before,” he said

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Source: CNN: Jan 14, 2008

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