After hosting a record 58.3 million visitors in 2015, New York City is poised for additional growth in 2016, according to the city's convention and visitors bureau, NYC & Company, which this week unveiled a sunny forecast for 2016 tourism: This year, it predicted, New York City will host 59.7 million visitors, making it the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking visitation.
"Every corner of New York City is full of diverse cultures, art, entertainment, and performing arts," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "It is not surprising -- but still exciting -- to know that 2016 will be yet another record-breaking year for tourism. I thank the businesses, artists, and all New Yorkers who continue to make our city an attractive place for people around the world to continue visiting."
NYC & Company expects 2016 visitation to encompass 47 million domestic and 12.7 million international visitors, both of which are all-time highs.
New York, it pointed out, has the most active hotel development pipeline in the country, consisting of 107,000 hotel rooms this year, and a total inventory of more than 133,000 rooms expected by the end of 2019. Among the new hotels opening this year are the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel (April 2016); The William Vale (May 2016); InterContinental New York Barclay (Spring 2016); The Beekman (Spring 2016); Four Seasons New York Downtown (Mid 2016); Whitby Hotel (Fall 2016); and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (Late 2016).
"New York City is experiencing an exciting moment in its history, with unprecedented developments and openings debuting across the five boroughs this year and beyond," said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon. "We are pleased to announce … that 2016 is slated to be another record year for tourism in New York City."