NEW YORK -- A record 39.4 million tourists are expected to visit
New York City next year, about 1 million more than the number
projected for this year, according to the city's convention and
Although signs point to a U.S. economy in the process of slowing
down, visitor spending is expected to top $17 billion next year, up
3.1% compared with this year's projected revenue.
Next year's projected spending would represent a 50% jump from
1995, the year tourism officials point to as a turnaround milestone
after two years of declining tourism in 1993 and 1994.
For the first time, the number of international visitors to the
city is expected to surpass 7 million, a 4.1% spike over
projections for 2000. Domestic visitors are expected to increase to
just over 32 million, up 2.2% over projections for 2000.
Officials said the 2.6% increase in visitors predicted for next
year was "conservative" because the economy could pick up.