New York adds 6,200 more hotel rooms

New York adds 6,200 more hotel roomsNew York, March 30 : More than 30 new properties opened in New York last year, adding over 6,200 rooms to the city that was visited by nearly 50 million people.

New York City set a record for hotel rooms added and hotel rooms sold, with average occupancy rate of 85 percent last year.

This year, according to Smith Travel Research, there are 40 properties under construction accounting for nearly 6,500 additional new rooms.

As of February 2011, New York City has 86,232 rooms in its active inventory.

"Hotels in New York City provide accommodation for all tastes and budgets and range from simple, basic hotels to lavish luxury hotels. Last year over 48.7 million people visited New York City, up 6.8 percent from 2009 and 25.7 million room nights were sold," a statement quoted George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, as saying.

NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York.

"This year over 24 properties are slated to open giving the tourists a wide variety of accommodation choices and to make their stay even more comfortable," said Fertitta.

An aspect of this new development has been the expansion of hotel properties throughout the five boroughs - Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Recent properties to open include the Chatwal New York, Setai Fifth Avenue, Mondrian SoHo, aloft Harlem, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York City - Financial District, W Downtown, Element New York Times Square West, Courtyard New York Manhattan/SoHo, and Sheraton Brooklyn. (IANS)