Chinese visitors to New York favor New Jersey hotels

NYC hoteliers ramping up perks, deals to compete with New Jersey's low rates

Chinese visitors in Manhattan
Chinese visitors in Manhattan

Chinese tourists visiting New York City opt to stay in New Jersey more than other international visitors, new data shows.

According to figures by tourism bureau NYC & Company, only 65 percent of visitors from China choose to stay in Big Apple hotels, compared to 87 percent of tourists from Brazil and 85 percent of visitors from the U.K.

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Chinese tour guides, catering to the preference, are increasingly booking rooms on the other side of the Hudson River in bulk. The guides are attracted to rates that run hundreds of dollars cheaper than in the city, coupled with steep group discounts, according Crain’s.

In an effort to scoop up a bigger slice of the surge in Chinese visitors, hoteliers and tourist attractions are also starting to offer new deals and perks, Crain’s reported. The 1,949-room Marquis supplies each room with room with slippers and a teapot, While The Crowne Plaza hotel in Elizabeth, which is booking more than 5,000 nights per year from Chinese tour operators, extends a discount and breakfast in exchange for the high volume. [Crain’s]Angela Hunt