The world may be going through an economic slowdown, but that’s not stopping tourists from visiting some of the world’s greatest cities.
New York for example, is on track for a record breaking year.
It’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg says the Big Apple will draw around 50.2 million visitors by the end of the year, making it America’s most popular tourist destination ahead of Orlando and Las Vegas. While most visitors are Americans, just over 10 million are international travellers, a rise of 4 per cent.
The economic benefits are great, boosting the accommodation and retail sectors, with tourists spending around $32billion.
Unsurprisingly, Australians form a large number of tourists in New York, with the number of Aussies doubling in the past five years.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around 850,000 Australians visiting the United States in the 12 months to October. In the previous year, that number was closer to 730,000 (I contributed to those numbers on both occasions).
The strong Australian dollar was one major incentive for Aussies to travel.
For more, I’ve visited the USA every year for the past three. It’ll be Europe 2012.
I’m just hoping the European debt crisis doesn’t send the continent into a black hole.