New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that 48.7 million tourists visited the city last year.
New figures out today suggest tourism in the Big Apple is getting back on track after the recession.
The city hosted a record 48.7 million visitors last year. That's up from just 45.6 million tourists in 2009. The city's hospitality industry also added 6,600 jobs over the past year, and now employs more New Yorkers than ever before.
The announcement comes despite travel scares like the spread of bedbugs in the city, and a volcano in Iceland that grounded European air travel for several days.
Mayor Bloomberg claims the secret to this success is in keeping the city fresh and flexible to change. "We have to constantly reinvent ourselves, which means constantly making new investments, constantly looking at new ways to present things, constantly doing the edgy things.”
Back in 2007, Mayor Bloomberg set a goal of reaching 50 million visitors to New York City by 2012.
Tourism is New York City's fifth-largest industry. It contributed about $31 billion dollars to the city's economy last year.