For New York City tourism, there’s big news: not only has “the Trump effect,” feared by tourism professionals, been proven wrong for 2017, but we now have numerical proof that the French love the Big Apple.
According to visitor statistics revealed on Tuesday, March 20, by city officials, 767,000 French tourists visited New York City in 2017, an increase from 745,000 in 2016. It’s a record, according to NYC & Company, the organization in charge of the promotion of tourism. Among international tourists who visit New York the most, the French rise to 5th place, behind the British, Chinese, Canadians, and Brazilians.
In total, 62.7 million tourists visited New York in 2017, including 13.1 million hailing from abroad. That’s a record as well, driven by good economic conditions in the United States and the maintenance of a global reputation.
Projections for 2018 are good, according to the City. 65.1 million visitors are expected next year (up 3.7% compared to 2017), including 13.7 million international visitors. 800,000 French should cross the Atlantic.