New York was pretty popular this year. The city welcomed a record 60.3 million visitors in 2016, making it the seventh consecutive year that tourism has been on the rise.
That number is 1.8 million people higher than in 2015, and even 600,000 more than their increase estimates.
Of those 60.3 million people, 47.6 million of them were domestic travelers and 12.65 were international ones. The rise in tourism has lead to an increase of 375,000 jobs in the city, 15,000 of which were specifically in the tourism industry.
New York’s Mayor de Blasio released a statement about the numbers.
“Not only has 2016 brought the largest number of visitors in New York City history, but it also caps off seven years of strong tourism growth and 15,000 more jobs for New Yorkers. More tourism means we have more people investing in New York City and are able to create more sustainable jobs for more people. New York is a culturally rich and diverse city, with so much to offer those who visit. I look forward to continue promoting this beautiful city and welcoming all those who visit in the future.”