NYC set to draw a record number of tourists for the year—again

The city is projected to reach yet another all-time high for tourism, with 54.3 million visitors in 2013

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Nope, it wasn't just in your head—there were indeed more visitors clogging the sidewalks, taking pictures and sporting "I ♥ NY" apparel in NYC this year. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company announced that the city is expected to hit another record high for tourism: We're on track to close the year with 54.3 million tourists, up 1.6 million from 2012.

That number has been rising for more than a decade, though the rate of growth has slightly waned in the last two years. Before you start griping about the endless influx of sightseers—especially during this wonderful time of year—note that the city estimates the economic impact of tourists to be almost $59 billion in 2013 alone.

Read the full report on NYC & Company's website.

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