As we move into the post-summer season we continue to see a busy city, with increasing numbers of tourists and workers joining the locals. The data supports recovery: U.S. air travel exceeded 2019 levels for the first time over Labor Day weekend. United Airlines reports its "summer's blistering pace" is continuing for the fall. Closer to home, MTA commuter rails hit pandemic-era peaks last week and the dropping of mask mandates will only hasten the return to normalcy. (Last week saw subway ridership up 35% over the numbers of a year ago.) NYC's Labor Day weekend hotel numbers were among the best in the nation, with Saturday seeing 94.7% occupancy. The U.S. Open set records for ticket and hospitality sales. Nationally there's more positive news:
- U.S. hotels set records for average daily rate and revenue per available room in July (and 2022 forecasts have just been revised upward)
- U.S. remains the top travel and tourism market—with China competition at least another ten years off
- August meetings volume recovered to over 85% of 2019 levels
- Convention center business also continues to bounce back
Empire State Building’s tower lights shining in purple and sparkling in silver to honor the life and legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Hilton’s newest lifestyle brand to premiere in NYC next year with Tempo by Hilton Times Square at TSX Broadway
- Printemps to open its first U.S. store in the Financial District
- Manhattan ferry service eyed for Coney Island at Steeplechase Pier
- DCTV opens documentary theatre in Chinatown September 23rd
- LOOK Dine-In Cinemas expected on West 57th
- Party City anticipating a monster Halloween
- 30 city restaurants to be added to the Michelin Guide
- MetroCard machines will soon be no more
- United threatens to leave JFK if it doesn't get more flights
- New York remains as popular as ever for millennial residents
- Recession fears lowering expectations for “bleisure” travel
- New York State tourism improved by 53.4% statewide in 2021, Orange County was ahead of the curve with 63.4% growth
THANKS TO RISENY!
Davler thanks RiseNY for a great team visit last week. We're city experts but we still learned a lot and had an exhilarating ride (especially for those of us who with our eyes open). If you haven't been yet, RiseNY is a fantastic destination for getting inspired about NYC and its history. Thanks to RiseNY staff and Katie Forte!