The great recession that started in 2008 affected tourism industries across the country. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, New York, was especially impacted by reduced travel and spending.
Good news came in 2012 when an Oxford Economics study showed that tourism rose 6.2 percent over the previous year. In total, tourism spending in the state reached $57 billion in 2012. The majority of this tourism money goes to New York City, but the rest of the state saw great improvements as well. Buffalo gets a lot of attention because of its proximity to Niagara falls, and many upstate destinations are known for having beautiful organic farms, majestic lakes and serene mountain landscapes. New York City, however, is still the main attraction. Now that the economy is improving and people are spending money on travel again, traffic to New York’s favorite destinations is increasing. Many visitors prefer comprehensive NYC travel packages from NYCtrip.com while others are more interested in doing their own thing.
One of the biggest tourist destinations scheduled to open in the next couple years is the World Trade Center Memorial. The site already has two large reflecting pools that are in the footprints of the two collapsed towers. A underground museum with exhibits that feature fallen heroes and victims of the tragedy is expected to see millions of visitors over its first couple years of being open. Twelve years after the tragedy, Americans will finally have a place to go and reflect.