NYC expects 207% increase in international tourist numbers

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The Big Apple is back.

A 207% more international visitors are expected to flock to Gotham this year compared to 2021, the city’s tourism officials told The Post.

There are expected to be 8.3 million foreign tourists in 2022, up from 2.7 million last year, NYC & Company said.

Domestic tourism is also rebounding, with 48.2 million Americans expected to swarm New York this year, up nearly 60% from 30.2 million in 2021.

Overall, New York is expected to receive 56 million visitors in 2022, a 70% increase from 2021, when 33 million people visited the city that never sleeps.

At the height of the pandemic, residents of more than 30 countries were banned from traveling to the United States. The resulting loss of tourism, coupled with government coronavirus restrictions, has led to the closure of thousands of restaurants and hotel rooms in New York, according to industry groups.

Nearly 48.2 million Americans planned to visit New York this year, up nearly 60% from 30.2 million in 2021.
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Last month, the CDC lifted the requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the United States, paving the way for tourism to resume. Most international visitors must be fully vaccinated.

Officials also expect:

  • 9 million business travelers
  • another 674,000 from the UK
  • 471,000 more from Canada
  • 462,000 others from France

The UK, Canada and France are showing the strongest growth in business travel forecasts for 2022, said Chris Heywood, executive vice president of NYC & Company.

“The UK is an extremely important market. It’s usually our main source of international travel,” Heywood said.

Growth in the number of international travelers is expected to continue in 2023, with 11.4 million visitors expected, NYC & Company said.

Despite the pandemic and soaring crime rates in the city, many tourists still love NYC.

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UK residents play a vital role in international tourism.
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New York restaurants and exhibits are fully open now after the pandemic closures.
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“It’s a huge thing for us to come here, especially by our friends, like wow it’s so good,” said Angela Osuna, who traveled from Colombia.

Californian Joe Rivas said: “We arrived late last night. It’s our first time, and the energy is crazy, it’s very different from LA. The energy is good and the pizza is excellent.

However, Patricia Rodriguez, from Miami, can’t stand New York anymore.

“Schools are terrible, neighborhoods are getting worse, crime is getting worse,” she said. “I only visit because my mother still lives here.”

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