Over the past ten years New York City has been continuously increasing its hotel capacity. The city that never sleeps can now offer tourists 107,000 rooms, which accounted for some 33.7 million overnights in 2015. These figures were announced by the city's Head of Tourism Marketing, Fred Dixon, at ITB Berlin 2016. This year he is expecting 59.7 million visitors from all over the world, an increase for the seventh successive year. Some 12.7 million of them will be from abroad, including 639,000 from Germany.
The city certainly has plenty to offer: this year the first 500 of a planned total of 7,500 "LinkNYC" stations are being set up. Free, high-speed internet access together with a charging point will be available in their vicinity. A new subway station has been opened on the far western side of Manhattan, where a massive convention center is being built at Hudson Yards. There is also the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub with the spectacular, snow white "phoenix from the ashes" superstructure designed by the leading architect Santiago Calatrava. On the water the Blue Highway ferries will link all five of the city's boroughs. Completing the program are numerous exhibitions, from Edvard Munch to the Birth of Punk, not to mention several new shopping centres and retail outlets. And in 2017 the world's largest Ferris wheel is due to start operating on Staten Island. It has a height of 192 meters and can carry 1,440 people at a time.
Hall 2.1, Stand 405