NYC Can Expect Strong Holiday Tourism Season

The latest on tourism is that the surge will continue at least through the holidays, and inflation is not stopping travelers. American Express reports customer spending on travel and entertainment boomed in the third quarter. There's no evidence a potential recession is holding them back. “The demand for travel has exceeded our expectations throughout the year, with spending on T&E increasing 57% from a year earlier," according to Chairman and SEO Stephen Squeri.

The news from NYC & Company is also promising, reporting that every top international market is expected to grow in 2022, 2023, and 2024; NYC remains on track to meet or exceed 2019 visits by 2024.

The most recent NYC occupancy numbers are good as well, at 89%, up from 80% the previous week; NYC is #1 among the nation's major hotel markets. NYC holiday bookings are also running strong: the Duetto Pulse Report records November up by 37% and December up 46% over last year.

Gains in city hospitality jobs helped drive unemployment down from 6.6% in August to 5.6% in September, buoying hope for a strong holiday season.


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New National Geographic immersive Beyond King Tut opens Friday on the Lower East Side. Photo courtesy Timothy Norris.




Empire Outlets Has Holiday Shopping and More

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Empire Outlets is one of New York City’s premier outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations, easily accessed on the Staten Island waterfront. Great deals are waiting at signature retailers; if you have guests looking for holiday decor, Vanity House Designs is an excellent pick. Look for a full roster of activations during the the weeks ahead. Highlights include:

  • October 30th 1pm-5pm – Halloween Extravaganza
  • November 25th – December 24th – Photos with Santa
  • Every Monday during Holiday Season: November 28th, December 5th, 12th, 19th – Pet Day Santa Photos
  • December 3rd 7pm-8pm – Holiday Tree Lighting featuring live performances
  • December 10th 10am-11am – Breakfast with Santa
  • Every Friday in December: December 2nd, 9th, 16th 6pm-7pm – Sounds of the Season Holiday Caroling Performances
  • November – December – Giving Tree to Benefit Salvation Army (exact dates TBD)

To learn more, sign up for the Empire Outlets e-newsletter; text alerts are available by texting EMPIRE to 929-357-2412.

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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