NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation and convention bureau, has revealed a rise in meeting and convention delegates travelling to the city.
Preliminary research shows that delegate visits to New York City rose from 5.5 million in 2012 to 5.9 million in 2013, with delegate spending estimated at $7.3 billion – up from $4.12 billion in 2012.
The figure is made up of domestic visitors travelling 50 miles or more and spending at least one night in the city, plus international delegates. China, the UK, Japan, France, Germany, Columbia and Brazil are amongst the top international markets for delegate travel to New York City.
Delegates visited New York City to attend events at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Piers 92 and 94, major hotels and other venues across the city.
NYC & Company CEO Fred Dixon comments: “New York City is breaking visitation records year-on-year and we are on track to receive more than 55 million visitors to the five boroughs during 2014. Meeting and convention delegates are important contributors to this continuing success and we’re delighted in particular to see the rise in international delegates who generally stay longer in the city.”
Jerry Cito, Senior Vice President for Convention Development at NYC & Company adds: “We believe New York City is the best place in the world to do business and are committed to driving further increases by showcasing the variety, flexibility, value and excitement available when you Make it NYC.”