NEW YORK -- This city welcomed a record 36.7 million visitors in
1999, an 11% increase from 1998, when 33.2 million tourists visited
the Big Apple, according to statistics released by the New York
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The bureau said visitor spending in 1999 rose 6% compared with
1998, to a record $15.6 billion.
The bureau said it expects 38.4 million tourists will visit New
York in 2000 and spend as much as $16.7 billion. The increasing
numbers of visitors is fueling hotel development.
Last year, New York added more than 1,000 hotel rooms and will
open another 3,000 rooms by the end of this year, for a total of
more than 66,000 rooms.
According to the visitors bureau, the city's tourism industry
supported 276,800 New York jobs and contributed $2.9 billion in tax
revenue in 1999.