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
Source: CNN: Jan 14, 2008