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NYC reports record number of tourists in 2008, but growth rate slows Печать E-mail
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Автор: Newsmaster   
30.12.2008 18:57
NEW YORK — A record number of people visited New York City this year, but the once-rapid growth in tourism has slowed amid a worldwide economic downturn and officials are bracing for more bad news next year.

An estimated 47 million people visited the city in 2008, beating last year by 1 million visitors, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday. Those tourists generated $30 billion in spending, setting another record over last year's $28.9 billion.

But the 2% increase is smaller than the jumps seen in previous years. Last year, the total visitor number was 46 million, up nearly 5% from 44 million in 2006.

"We all recognize that trees don't grow to the sky forever and that 2009 is going to be a tougher year in every sector in this city," said Robert Lieber, deputy mayor for economic development. "But the tourism sector will continue to grow in the long term."

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One in nine workers in New York City are employed in the hospitality industry, which is one of the city's chief economic engines. Those include jobs in hotels, restaurants, museums and theaters.

Until recently, the local economy has enjoyed a boost from international visitors, who tend to stay longer and spend more, taking advantage of the falling dollar.

The city said visitors from abroad accounted for the entire increase in total visitors this year. A total of 9.8 million of the 47 million visitors were international. But that growth is slowing as well.

Bloomberg predicted that the city's tourism numbers would start to suffer more significantly after the holidays, starting with hotel occupancy rates, which have already fallen slightly.

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