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Record Year for New York Tourism

52 million tourists visited New York City in 2012, a 2.1% increase over 2011.  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg credited the city's cultural institutions and its reputation as the safest major American city for the record.

  George Fertitta, chief executive of NYC & Company, the City's marketing arm said that one-third of all overseas tourists to the United States come to New York.  The mayor projects a goal of 55 million visitors by 2015.

It is interesting to note that the website Hotel Chatter cites the following as the best hotels in New York City:

  1. The NoMad
  2. The Wythe (Brooklyn)
  3. The Mark
  4. Pod 39
  5. The Jade
  6. Andaz 5th Avenue
  7. The Nolitan
  8. Conrad New York
  9. Crosby Street Hotel
  10. Indigo Brooklyn
  11. Mondrian Soho

Hotel operators please take note: none of these names are major brands.

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Stanley Turkel, CMHS is a New York-based hotel consultant specializing in hotel-related expert witness and franchising services. Turkel serves as a Friend of the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. He was designated as the 2014 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To order his books, Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry, Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels in New York, Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi, and Hotel Mavens: Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf, go to and click on "books."

Turkel can be reached at or (917) 628-8549.