1:18 pm Dec. 31, 2012
"Tourism is booming because we're the nation's most exciting city," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, as he announced that in 2012, New York City broke all of its prior tourism records, attracting a total of 52 million visitors, a 2.1 percent increase over the year prior.
Most of those tourists, or 41 million, were American, while 11 million were from overseas.
That 11 million represents one third of all foreign visitors to the United States, according to Bloomberg, making New York City America's top destination for foreign tourists from places like Brazil, China and Australia.
The next most popular American destination for foreign tourists is Los Angeles, which gets about 13 percent of market share.
Overall, tourists spent $36.9 billion in New York City, buying a total of 29 million hotel room nights, generating $504 million in hotel tax revenue and supporting 365,000 jobs, according to the administration, which promotes tourism globally via NYC & Co.
The administration hopes to achieve 55 million visitors in 2015.
Tourism is the city's fifth largest industry.