NYC At­tracts Record Num­ber of Tourists De­spite Trump Naysay­ers

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Jared Evan

Tourists are flock­ing to New York City in record num­bers ac­cord­ing to the city’s tourism and mar­ket­ing agency, de­spite the dooms­day pre­dic­tions that the very same agency made af­ter Trump was elected.

NYC & Com­pany is the of­fi­cial des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion for the five bor­oughs of New York City, and they pre­dicted that tourism would drop by 300,000 peo­ple be­cause of Trump be­ing elected to of­fice. In Fe­bru­ary of 2017, they warned of $120 mil­lion in lost tax money for the city and state be­cause of those de­creases, which they blamed on Trump poli­cies like the at­tempted travel ban on seven mostly Mus­lim na­tions and a ban on lap­tops on flights from cer­tain lo­ca­tions.

Late last year, NYC & Com­pany down­graded their pre­dic­tions to a de­crease of only 100,000 in­ter­na­tional tourists, again due to Trump; both pre­dic­tions were not even close to re­al­ity.

The ex­act op­po­site oc­curred, and their own press re­lease con­firmed how off they were.

Re­cently the tourism mar­ket­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion re­leased a press re­lease declar­ing: “To­day, Mayor Bill de Bla­sio and NYC & Com­pany—New York City’s of­fi­cial des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion— an­nounced that 2017 was the eighth con­sec­u­tive year for record-break­ing tourism, with the City wel­com­ing an es­ti­mated 62.8 mil­lion vis­i­tors last year, an in­crease of 2.3 mil­lion vis­i­tors over 2016. Visi­ta­tion for 2017 was com­prised of 49.7 mil­lion do­mes­tic and 13.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, both all-time highs”

The tourism or­ga­ni­za­tion’s spokesper­son, Chris Hey­wood, in Novem­ber of 2017 was quoted as say­ing to Bloomberg: “The pres­i­dent’s Amer­ica-first rhetoric and lack of a wel­come mes­sage on be­half of the na­tion could be a pitfall for the na­tion’s tourism in­dus­try”, pre­dict­ing not only a de­cline in tourism for New York City, but for the en­tire na­tion, all be­cause of the pres­i­dent.

While it is true that tourism has de­creased in the na­tion, the down trend be­gan long be­fore Trump was even a can­di­date for pres­i­dent. Amer­ica has seen a de­cline of around 4 mil­lion vis­i­tors since 2015, ac­cord­ing to travel and leisure. com. Tourism ex­perts, who are not agenda based, agree many fac­tors at­trib­uted to the de­cline. New York City has gone to­tally against this trend, and it is quite ironic to see NYC & Com­pany a group that just re­cently pre­dicted loss of tourists and rev­enue, now boast about the tourism num­bers.

The press re­lease con­tin­ued by say­ing: “De­spite geopo­lit­i­cal chal­lenges and a travel ban that made our task of pro­mot­ing

tourism more chal­leng­ing than ever, we are pleased to see that we over­came these hur­dles to re­al­ize a con­sec­u­tive eighth year of tourism growth in New York City, wel­com­ing an all-time high of 62.8 mil­lion vis­i­tors last year”.

Mayor de Bla­sio in a re­sponse to the in­cred­i­ble tourism num­bers said: “We’re keep­ing our door to the world open… Even with all the head­winds from the White House, we at­tracted a record num­ber of vis­i­tors to our city. That’s a tes­ta­ment to the strength of our tourism sec­tor and the val­ues of our city.”

Visi­ta­tion in NYC was com­prised of 49.7 mil­lion do­mes­tic and 13.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, both all-time highs

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