Tourism to the United States this year is down by about 100,000, mainly due to foreigners' nervousness with the president's constant talk of America first... a turn-off to many foreigners including those from friendly nations.
But even all that talk hasn't chased tourists from New York City, which is on target to break yet another annual record in 2017. NYC&Company, the city's tourism agency, says we should get 61.8 million visitors by year-end, marking a 2 percent increase from 2016 and the eight consecutive year of increased tourism.
Tourism is a big contributor to the city's coffers. Aside from the business it brings to hotels, restaurants, retailers and various service businesses, tourists drop more than $4.2 billion in NYC taxes -- sales taxes and hotel occupancy taxes.
NYC&Company just launched a new ad campaign that invites tourists to discover scenes taken by five photographers, and it invites visitors to take their own pictures and post them on social media at #TRUEYORKCITY.