Why New York Is So Popular with Tourists

New York, New York. The Big Apple. One of the biggest cities in the USA and quite often one of the top rated tourist destinations with people worldwide, whether for the atmosphere at Christmas or New Year, or just visiting one of the many tourist hotspots. But why is it so popular?

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Facts and Figures

Let’s cut to the chase.  Regardless of the events of the previous 12 months, New York remains one of the top tourist destinations across the world, with millions of people traveling there every year. It is the most visited city in the US, with an average of 62 million people visiting on a yearly basis. With this activity generating an astonishing $72 billion and creating more than 403,000 jobs in the city in 2019, it is a true economic powerhouse in the US. The numbers will have understandably dropped in the last 12 months, but with so many things available for tourists in and around the city, it is only a matter of time before they start to claw some of that revenue back. It will take time, but when you look at the numbers of people who usually travel over to New York each year, they should expect an economic upturn soon.

What Is There to Do?

Everyone knows about the larger venues across New York, with Madison Square Garden and Flushing Meadows attracting thousands of sports fans every year to major events. This is just the tip of the iceberg as with huge landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, not to mention Time Square, New York has so much to offer on the face of it.

When you dig a little deeper, you will see so many interesting subcultures in New York, such as skateboarding, street art, and even a fun gambling scene that you can explore that is soon to rival that of Las Vegas. New York legalized gambling in some guises in 2013, with at least seven casinos across the state being approved. With sports betting also being legalized in the last 12 months, New York seems to be trying to capture some of the magic of Las Vegas on the gambling front. Even if you can’t get to one of the casinos, online casinos and slots offer an alternative solution. With the digital age, online slots are now at the touch of a button, and thanks to you can enjoy the fun of the slots from the luxury of your phone even if you are travelling on the subway to one of the numerous tourist hotspots.

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It goes without saying that New York is a juggernaut of a city, but with so many people heading there annually, it is only likely to grow further. It will remain a dream destination for millions worldwide, and with so much to do, it is hardly surprising. With so much available to everyone, it is it only a matter of time before the city is back on its feet. When that happens, the Big Apple can only really continue to get bigger.

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