by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 22, 2016

New York City set a visitor record for the sixth consecutive year, welcoming an estimated 58.3 million visitors (46 million domestic visitors and 12.3 million international) in 2015, an increase of 1.8 million visitors over 2014, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC & Company, the city's convention and visitors bureau. Of that total, meetings and conventions attracted 6.1 million attendees (up from 6 million in 2014), the largest number to date.

The four largest international markets - the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil and China - all sent more people last year, with China showing the largest rate of growth (14 percent); an estimated 852,000 visitors traveled to New York from that country. The Big Apple welcomed about 1.2 million visitors from the U.K.; 1.1 million from Canada and 926,000 from Brazil. 

Hotels also saw record growth, selling 33.7 million total hotel room nights, an increase of 1.26 million over 2014.

"Through the hard work of NYC & Company, and their support of the city's various attractions - from restaurants to the performing arts and more - 2015 marked a new milestone for NYC tourism. As the safest and most exciting big city in America, we have so many rich offerings that continue to make the five boroughs a global draw," said de Blasio.

"We are pleased to see a sixth year of tourism growth in New York City as we welcomed 58.3 million visitors last year. The city continues to evolve, always offering fresh reasons to visit again and again, with more new developments on the horizon," said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company's president and CEO. "However, with the continuing pressure on the global economy and the strengthening dollar, we will all need to work even harder in 2016 to sustain our competitive edge."