New attendance record in New York in 2018

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The city of New York welcomed some 65.2 million tourists in 2018, a new record for the American metropolis, particularly popular with the British, Chinese, Canadians, Brazilians and French, the New York Tourism Organization said Tuesday.

According to new figures released by the NYC & Company, about 51.6 million Americans and 13.5 million foreigners visited the “Big Apple” last year (compared to 13.1 million foreigners in 2017) .

The British led foreigners in Donald Trump’s hometown, with some 1.24 million visitors, followed by Chinese (1.1 million), Canadians (1 million), Brazilians (920,000) and French (807 000).

New York ranks 6th in the world’s most visited cities by foreign tourists, according to Mastercard’s annual Global Destination Cities ranking published in September 2018, based on projections that estimated 13.1 million tourists foreigners in New York, slightly below the figures announced on Wednesday.

Bangkok was at the top of this ranking, ahead of London, Paris, Dubai and Singapore, in a context of growth in international travel.

The US financial capital, whose tourism sector employs 391,000 people, hopes to break a new record in 2019, with 67 million visitors expected, thanks to the great festivities planned in June around the Gay Pride, which will mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots, emblematic of the fight for homosexual rights.

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Curt Reaves started working for Plains Gazette in 2016. Curt grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. He has been a proud Texan for the past 5 years. Curt covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for the Washington City Paper, The Hill newspaper, Slate Magazine, and ABCNews.com.