Listen Now: New York Tourism Record
Want to visit the big apple this year? You’re not alone.
After President Trump announced steps last year to ban entry to the U.S. for travelers from certain countries, there was talk among tourism officials about a “Trump Slump.” International tourists would be turned off by the ban, and take the U.S. and New York off their bucket lists.
Turns out that did not happen for the Big Apple. According to the Wall Street Journal, New York City welcomed a record 62.8 million visitors in 2017. The figures just released by NYC and Company, the city’s official tourism marketing organization, show an increase of 2.3 million visitors over the previous year, the eighth straight year the city set a tourism record.
But the same cannot be said for the U.S. overall. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, for the first nine months of last year, the number of international tourists visiting the U.S. declined by 3.8 percent.
Seems New York City is just too much a bucket list destination, despite any Trump effect.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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