'A Huge Surge' in NYC Travel

Anyone who's been out in the city has noticed the increase in tourists. A new hospitality market report on New York City breaks down some of the reasons why.

  • International tourists are returning. According to Expedia’s Q1 2022 Travel Recovery Trend Report, New York is one of the top 10 cities across all regions (NORAM, LATAM, EMEA, APAC). 
  • Business travel is returning. Business historically has made up one-fifth of NYC travel; after pandemic era drops, this year is projected to see a major recovery, to 2.3 times what the city saw a year ago and closer to norms.
  • Hotels are reopening. Over 30,000 keys have returned to Manhattan and Brooklyn inventory, which stands at 94% of pre-pandemic levels. Guests are willing to spend, too. The latest occupancy numbers (below) show a remarkable average daily rate north of $300. Worth noting: New York's luxury hotel market is booming.

The headlines beyond NYC tell a similar story.


As Hayley Berg, lead economist for the travel website Hopper, told Yahoo Finance, “We’re expecting to see a huge surge in travel over this holiday season. We know that travelers have pent-up demand for holiday travel traditions, visiting family, vacations, and we're expecting to see a very busy holiday season." 

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Nina Chanel Abney "San Juan Heal," 2022, Latex ink and vinyl mounted on glass. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem and Public Art Fund. Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Public Art Fund.




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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