NEW YORK CITY — New York City will host nearly 60 million tourist visits in 2016, setting the city's seventh annual tourism record in a row, NYC & Company, the city's marketing arm, announced Wednesday.
Of the total 59.7 million visits expected, 47 million visits will be from domestic tourists, the agency said, while 12.7 million will be from abroad.
This year's projected total is an increase over 2015's number of visits: 58.3 million.
In 2014, New York saw roughly 56.5 million visits, with tourists spending about $41 billion, according to the most recent NYC & Company statistics.
The annual visitor projection is produced by analysts at Tourism Economics, according to NYC & Company spokeswoman Caroline Peck. The company combines industry and attraction visitor numbers with transportation and survey data, she said.
Peck said nearly 21 percent of New York's annual visits occur in the first three months of the year. If this year's prediction is correct, that would mean about 12.5 million visits to New York will have taken place by the end of March.