New York City Fall Tourism Update

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:

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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.




  • 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


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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!

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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