by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 19, 2016
This year, more than 60 million people visited New York City, the first time the number cracked that threshold. The record 60.3 million visitors -- 47.6 million domestic visitors and 12.65 million international -- made 2016 the seventh consecutive year of travel-and-tourism growth for the city. In addition, meetings delegates to New York City rose to a record 6.15 million for the year.
 
"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," said Mayor Bill de Blasio during his announcement of the landmark visitor figures. "More tourism means we have more people investing in New York City, and [we] 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."

Chiming in for the New York City Council, speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said, "We are very excited to host a record high number of visitors who are interested in learning about the vibrant culture of our wonderful city. Visiting New York City can mean the trip of a lifetime, and we want to offer everyone the opportunity to truly have the full experience. I look forward to working with the mayor and NYC & Co. to continue fostering the growth of New York City's important tourism industry."
 
NYC & Co.'s president and CEO, Fred Dixon, also commented on the announcement. "We are proud to exceed our forecast this year and welcome an all-time record 60.3 million visitors, achieving a new tourism milestone for New York City," he said. "The appeal of the 'new' New York alongside our classic attractions continue to draw travelers from every corner of the globe. We invite visitors and locals to take advantage of all the nonstop and affordable NYC experiences on offer this winter, as well as the opportunities to discover our city's multicultural neighborhoods in all five boroughs."