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New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year

The Big Apple is the most popular tourist destination in the United States, state officials say

New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
The Statue of Liberty is seen from a ferry leaving Liberty Island. A record 50 million tourists will have visited New York City by the end of 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
Past the Empire State Building (L), the sun sets along 34th Street aligning with the Manhattan street grid during 'Manhattanhenge' in New York. It is dubbed 'Manhattanhenge' and happens two times a year when the Sun aligns at dusk with streets in a glowing magic trick as rays of sunlight span across New York perfectly, from west to east (AFP/Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
The Uncle Sam balloon makes its way through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
The tourist figures are up about 1.5 million from last year despite a slowing global economy (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
The Chrysler Building. The Big Apple is the most popular tourist destination in the United States, said tourism agency NYC & Company, which expects the city to have attracted 10.1 million international visitors and 40.1 million domestic visitors by the end of the year (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
General view of the Chrysler Building in New York during the US Open at Flushing Meadows in the USA. (Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw /Allsport)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
Pedestrians and shoppers fill the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
'New York City's quality of life has contributed to this great success and we are confident we will sustain the success of our tourism industry in the months and years ahead,' Bloomberg said in a statement. (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
New York City is also on track to generate $32bn in visitor spending and the tourism industry helps support about 320,000 jobs (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
The highest number of international tourists were from Britain with more one million visiting in 2011 (Getty Images)
New York City set for record 50 million tourists this year
Since 2006 the number of New York City hotel rooms has increased by a quarter to 90,000(Getty Images)