NEW YORK --
Fueled largely by domestic visitors, a record 37.8 million tourists
came to New York City last year, up 7% compared to 2002, according
to NYC & Co, the city's tourism marketing agency.
exceeded the previous record year -- 1999 -- when the city hosted
36.4 million tourists. In 2003, the city welcomed a record 33
million domestic visitors, three million more than in
arrivals, however, continued to decline, with 5.7% fewer foreign
visitors in 2003 compared to 2002. Still, the city remained the No.
1 destination in the U.S. for overseas visitors; Los Angeles was
positive indicator, for the first time since 2000, the city
recorded an increase in business travel from the previous year,
with business travel growing by 400,000 trips, to 9.6 million
visitors, a gain of 4.3% over 2002.
a powerful economic engine for the city's economy, with direct
visitor spending forecast at more than $16 billion, a 15% increase
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