What’s new in New York City?

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The Big Apple  –  aka the self proclaimed city that never sleeps – somewhat ironically has more beds than ever before!


New York is exploding with hotel inventory: 34 new properties are expected to open this year alone with a further 55 schedule to open over the next two years. The big buzz though is about the dual branded Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn by Mariott Central Park, located on 54th Street & Broadway.


The aforementioned is good news for tourists who are visiting NYC in their droves – a record 54.3 million visitors was recorded in 2013. This represents  an increase of nearly 20 million additional annual visitors from 2002.

New York

New York


It’s good news for NYC too: last year visitors to the Big Apple generated US$8.7 billion in overall economic impact and US$39.4 in direct spending. And ever increasing numbers of tourists are visiting attractions outside of Manhattan owing to initiatives such as ‘Neighborhood x Neighborhood’ – the programme launched last year by NYC & Company (the tourism and marketing organisation responsible for promoting New York) aimed at spreading the wealth beyond Manhattan to all five boroughs.


The re-opened Statue of Liberty shining a light for Banksy? She should!

The  Statue of Liberty


The Neighborhood x Neighborhood intiative will continue throughout 2014 in a bid to “encourage exploration in even more of the hundreds of vibrant neighbourhoods across New York City’s five boroughs,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, at a recent press conference in Chicago.


Of the nearly 54 million visitors who came to New York City last year, 11.4 million were international visitors – predominantly from Canada, the UK, Brazil, France, Germany and Australia. New York City is the no.1 port of entry for international visitors to America and also enjoys the highest share of overseas visitation to the US.

Planning a trip to New York? Check out our NYC destination guide for further information and inspiration

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