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New York tourism thrives in 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic highs

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New York’s tourism sector witnessed a remarkable rebound in 2022, not only matching pre-COVID-19 levels but also setting new records, as revealed by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.


Last year, the state welcomed a historic 291.5 million visitors. These tourists contributed over $78.6 billion in direct expenditures and created a $123 billion economic impact, marking a 4% growth from 2019.

From 2021 to 2022, there was a notable surge across the board: a 22% rise in visitation, over 50% spike in spending, and a 43% increase in the overall economic contribution.

Due to tourism-generated state and local tax revenues, New York households benefited from tax savings amounting to $1,300. Emphasizing the sector’s significance, Gov. Hochul remarked, “Tourism remains a pivotal force propelling our state’s economy. We’re fully invested in bolstering the industry to ensure visitors globally experience New York’s diverse offerings.”