New York City draws 48.7 million tourists in 2010, breaks industry records
Crowds fill New York's Times Square during the Revlon Run/Walk For Women on May 1, 2010.
January 4th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

New York City draws 48.7 million tourists in 2010, breaks industry records

So much for an economic downturn.

New York City drew 48.7 million tourists in 2010, exceeding last year's total and surpassing projections, while adding more jobs and employing a record amount of New Yorkers in the hospitality industry, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

The number of tourists rose 6.8 percent from 2009, surpassing early projections of 47.5 million, putting the Big Apple on pace to meet its goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors by 2012, Bloomberg said. 

The hospitality industry also added 6,600 jobs in 2010, employing more New Yorkers in the industry than ever, the mayor said.

There's more: New York set records for hotel rooms added (7,000) and room nights sold (25.7 million).

“The strength of our tourism industry is one of the reasons New York City was less impacted by the national recession than other cities, and it continues to be one of the reasons we’re growing faster than other cities today," Bloomberg said at a press conference. 

"The industry employed more New Yorkers in 2010 than ever before, and the $31 billion visitors spent this year supported our restaurants, shops, hotels and cultural institutions. We’re constantly looking for ways to strengthen and diversify our economy, and growing our tourism industry is an important part of that work.”

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    what we need is a rap song about visiting the big apple..

    January 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bambam

    I wonder if they need a brick masons in the big apple

    January 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bambam

    Yeah I'm more than one

    January 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |

    they need to make a condom factory, over half the people in new york have herpes.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bambam

    They need body condoms

    January 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank - Talk like a New Yorker Day

    Thoity poiple boids, sitting on a coib, a choipin, and a boipin, and eating doity woims. Isn't dat pertoibing.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |


    January 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hasan Bin Seen

    Its makes you wonder how many of those tourists were terrorists...

    January 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cat

    he went there. must be new years.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |

    i wonder if everyone in newyork flushed there toilet at once what would happen?

    January 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bambam

    A giant obama would come out the sewer

    January 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bambam

    Jk. I think obama is tryin to do a good job

    January 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |

      at spending our money..

      January 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. blak

    did you tell that to bush?

    January 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    I visited NYC one time and that was enough for me. I remember driving at night through this tunnel full of grafitti and there was a car on fire in the slow lane. And even that was prettier than what I saw when the sun came up. I enjoyed the Statue of Liberty and the Towers were still standing. I wanted to visit Ellis Island but took off for western PA, an amazingly beautiful area. Anyway, to each his own I suppose.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. marcus

    gabriella – you have to get out of new york city to see what the actual state of "new york state" is. i think it is running a 9.6 billion dollar deficit and most of it's once prosperous towns are downsized via globalization...but if you just sit in the middle of times square, i guess life is grand.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |