Bloomberg: NYC Might Top Record Tourist Number

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Despite the economy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City might top last year’s record of 48.8 million vistors this year.

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Bloomberg thinks the city might even top 50 million.

He says the number of hotel rooms in New York City has increased by half since he took office.

“There are now seventeen hotels in this vibrant Queens neighborhood alone, including eight built in the past two years, representing a total of 1,500. And this exciting growth puts us firmly on target to reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by year’s end,” Bloomberg said on rooftop of the new Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City on Monday.

At 85 percent, the mayor says New York’s hotel occupancy rate is the highest in the nation.

“New York is the happening place and if you get that mo going, you gotta be careful not to lose it,” said Bloomberg.

Have you experienced New York City as a tourist? What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below…

  • Schmellma Arss

    They only come to see the protestors, the rest of NYC is just over-priced, over-taxed, and generally worthless crap.

  • jack holmes

    this is where the opposite applies 99% for the rich hungalites,1% for the middle class and the poor.

  • N8ivNYer

    Great, Bloomjerk. So where’s the money going and how is your genius tourism plans helping our economy? HMMmmmmm …crooked politician for his own political game play.

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