“We anticipate that we will close 2019, a special year for tourism, with a total of 67 million tourists,” said NYC and Company spokeswoman Adriana Aristizábal . New York is already ready for Christmas , one of the moments of greatest concentration of visitors. It is estimated that you will receive seven million travelers on these vacations, a date on which the city supports around 10.5% of its tourist weight.
New York City has experienced constant growth in the number of visitors for nine consecutive years, as detailed by Efe Adriana Aristizábal. It is one of the cities with the greatest tourism in the world , with a hotel occupancy of 90% and a great cultural offer.
Since the beginning of this year, more than 20 hotels have been inaugurated in the Big Apple, reaching a total of 123,000 hotel beds . Thanks to these openings, it has registered an increase of 21,300 rooms with respect to the previous year, according to the data provided to Efe by NYC and Company, a public-private promotion entity that depends on the New York City Council.
In the last five years, hotel reservations have increased by 16.7%
To these data are added dozens of thousands of vacation rental accommodations whose total figure is difficult to calculate. In 2018, only through the Airbnb portal there were some 58,800 ads in New York, according to a report on the impact of short-term rental prepared by the Urban Policy and Governance research group of the McGill University.
The impact on the city’s retail trade is also expected better than last year . A study by the National Retail Federation predicts that sales during the holiday season in United States will increase between 3.8 and 4.2% due to the good economic forecasts for next year .
The NRF estimates that consumers will spend an average of $ 1,047.83 compared to the $ 1,007.24 they spent last year.
The expenditure derived from the tourist activity in New York, estimated by NYC and Company at 44,000 million dollars annually , will be stimulated during these dates, since the economic impact is expected to be better than the year past thanks to good prospects0