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by Andrea Doyle | February 02, 2015
New York City set a record in 2014 when it welcomed 6.1 million meeting delegates -- up from 5.9 million in 2013 -- and 56.4 million visitors, it was reported today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon, and NYC & Company Board of Directors Chairman and President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Emily K. Rafferty. A record $61.3 billion in overall economic impact was generated, supporting 359,000 tourism related jobs, and $21 billion in wages. The city's hotel sector reached 102,000 hotel rooms last year, while selling a record 32.4 million total hotel room nights, an all-time high. 

Of the 56.4 million visitors who came to New York City in 2014, 44.2 million came from U.S./domestic locations, while 12.2 million came from international locations. Average hotel occupancy for the year finished at 89 percent, while average daily room rates citywide finished the year at $295. Both occupancy rates and room rates in New York City are the highest in the country.  

"I am deeply gratified to see our tourism industry perform on all cylinders -- last year, we welcomed record international and domestic visitation to our city, while positively impacting our local economy," said Dixon. "NYC & Company continues to showcase both the city's iconic attractions as well as the diverse, hidden-gem opportunities throughout all five boroughs."

In 2013, 54.3 million visitors came to New York City -- a record high at the time. Surpassing that record, this year's tally of 56.4 million visitors represents a 23 percent increase since 2009, when the city was attracting nearly 46 million visitors. Year over year, New York City saw a nearly 4 percent increase in tourism. 

In 2014, there were 102,000 hotel rooms in its active inventory. Since 2006, hotel inventory in New York City has expanded by more than 40 percent from 72,600, while demand has continued to outpace even this strong growth in new capacity. New York City currently has the most active hotel development pipeline in the country, and is on track to reach more than 115,000 rooms by 2017.