Marathoners boost NYC hotel occupancy rates

NY Times — October 29, 2009

Marathoners running in the New York City marathon pushed occupancy rates to above 90 percent in a good many Manhattan hotels this fall, and even gave rates in other boroughs and New Jersey a lift. About half of the 40,000 runners travel to NYC from abroad, with the leading countries being Italy, France, Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Participants and their families, especially those who travel here from other countries, pump tremendous amounts of money into the New York economy. Approximately one quarter of the $250 million they will spend during marathon week goes toward hotels.

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