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 theÂ Big Apple on pace to meet its goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors by 2012, Bloomberg said.Â
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).
â€śThe 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 weâ€™re growing faster than other cities today," Bloomberg said at a press conference.Â
"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. Weâ€™re constantly looking for ways to strengthen and diversify our economy, and growing our tourism industry is an important part of that work.â€ťFULL STORY