Broadway Drops Mask Mandate and Other NYC Tourism News

The Biden administration has lifted the Covid testing requirement for international travelers, which was a drag on tourism—a recent U.S. Travel survey found 54% of international travelers were less likely to visit the U.S. due to the mandate. Nationally, an additional 5.4 million visitors and $9 billion in spending are expected over and above current numbers in just the next six months thanks to the ruling. Other positive developments for NYC tourism as we head into a big Pride Weekend include:

  • The city's Covid risk was just downgraded

  • Broadway is making masks optional for July
  • Despite headlines, NYC makes the list of safest cities (and it's much safer than small-town America)
  • Hotel numbers are very solid, and up substantially just in the last couple of weeks. For the week ending June 11th:

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City Guide's City Map has gone to press. In another sign of the strength of the tourism market, all the panels were purchased. Look for copies in hotels and around the city in time fo the July 4th weekend.

Also pointing toward tourism's rebound: with this latest issue, City Guide's circulation has gone up to 50,000 weekly.

About the Author

Ethan Wolff is the author of numerous guidebooks to New York, having covered the city for more than two decades. He has written for New York Magazine, BlackBook, and Details, among others. In addition to his work as the editor of City Guide, Ethan covers NYC’s talk and lecture scene for the website Thought Gallery. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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