New York drawing even more international travellers, figures show
While trendy destinations may come and go, New York has always been high on most travellers’ lists, and the latest statistics show the Big Apple has lost none of its allure.
According to new figures, the numbers of both domestic and international tourists visiting New York State increased by almost nine million over the past year, with the vast majority of them heading to New York City.
However, it’s not just downtown Manhattan that’s encouraging Europeans to cross the Atlantic, with the figures also showing a marked increase in the number of international holidaymakers exploring the wider Empire State.
This trend has been largely attributed to ongoing promotional efforts geared towards encouraging people all over the world to look beyond the Big Apple and see the attractions on offer outside the metropolis, which include some of North America’s best whitewater rafting rivers, historic towns and vineyards.
Announcing the news, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo said: “This year my administration made it a priority to showcase the Empire State as the go-to destination for visitors from around the world.”
He added that the statistics show the massive value of tourism to the local economy.
The news comes soon after New York launched an initiative to highlight the sustainable tourism benefits on offer both inside and outside the state’s biggest city.
Indeed, while for many people a trip to New York will always be associated with excess, whether it’s from shopping on Fifth Avenue or eating and drinking in hip Greenwich Village, the new project is aimed at showing there is a different, more laid-back and certainly more eco-friendly side to the state.
Attractions promoted through the Sustainable Tourism in New York programme include hiking and biking trails in the north of the state, such as those in Adirondack Park, which is bigger than Yellowstone and the second-biggest national park in the whole of the United States.