New York proved a popular destination for hotel breaks in 2011, with the city reporting a record number of hotel room nights sold during the year.
27.15 million room nights were sold by New York hotels in 2012, according to official figures announced by the city’s promo agency NYC & Company. The number shows an increase of 5 per cent compared with 2010’s figure, which in itself was also a record number.
Occupancy rates in New York hit an average 85 per cent by the end of 2011, while the city’s various cultural attractions and tourist venues enjoyed a new record high number of 21.9 million visitors throughout the year. The total number of visitors to New York City during the year reached 50.5 million, which tipped the estimate for December which predicted 50.2 million. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the tourism industry “remains a bright spot” for the city, and praised the destination for its diversity and living standards.
“The city’s diverse offerings, events and activities combined with a high quality of life continue to make New York City the world’s premier destination for both leisure and business travellers,” said mayor Bloomberg.
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