Preliminary results show that New York received approximately 23.5 million visitors in the first half of 2010, an 8.8% increase over the same period in 2009, according to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism-marketing arm.

According to the city, New York is on course to welcome some 47.5 million visitors in 2010, which would be a 4.2% increase over the year before.

For the first half of the year, hotel room nights sold were up by a million, said NYC & Company. Hotel tax revenues contributed $178 million to the city, up 25% over 2009.

Broadway theaters sold more than 6 million tickets between January and June, a 3.7% increase over the same period in 2009.

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