New York City is getting an influx of tourists, according to data cited by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Some 481,284 room nights were sold the week of July 12. That’s a 3.5% increase —17,000 room nights — from the previous week.
This marks the city’s highest recorded demand since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is incredible progress,” said de Blasio.
The news comes on the heels of a warning from health officials that coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country, including New York, due to the delta variant. Although recent studies suggest that a Covid vaccine is approximately 80 percent effective against preventing infection from the delta variant.
“People are coming back to New York City,” added de Blasio who, earlier this month, announced a $30 million investment in New York City’s tourism.
The campaign, backed by federal dollars, aims to entice tourists back to Gotham after tourism and hospitality companies took a hit during the pandemic as people quarantined and adhered to social distancing guidelines.