NYC approaching record tourism number in 2011

December 20, 2011 9:10:44 AM PST
The year is almost over, and it looks like New York City is heading towards a record number of tourists in 2011.

The total should reach 50 million people, who reportedly generate about $47 billion in revenue.

Most of them, 80 percent, live in the United States, with nearly 60 percent able to drive to the city in five hours or less.

But foreign tourists spend more time and more money in the city, with the United Kingdom sending the most, followed by Canada and France.

When Bloomberg first announced the 50 million goal in 2006, the most recent yearly total was under 43 million.

He projected it would take until 2015 to reach 50 million visitors. In 2008, he moved the deadline up to 2012.

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