Washington, Jan 1: The Big Apple welcomed a record 52 million visitors in 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced.
After reaching a goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors in 2011, Bloomberg has now set a record on 55 million by 2015.
According to the New York Post, Bloomberg said that the 2012 statistic ‘kept them on course to meet their goal’.
The city said that numbers of Brazilian and Chinese visitors have nearly quintupled since 2006.
The tourism numbers are based on a model that includes surveys, hotel data, airport traffic and other information and includes business travelers and vacationers.
According to the report, Bloomberg said that hotels, for instance, hit a new high of 29 million bookings for some 91,500 rooms citywide this year, up nearly 7 percent from 2011. (ANI)