The city announced that an estimated 47 million people visited NYC this year. The number is a new record high (last year, there were 46 million visitors) and the city also estimates that the tourists spent $30 billion (another record--last year tourists brought in $28.9 billion). However, with the recession, the increase of tourists was only 2%, small compared to the 5% uptick between 2006 and 2007. Mayor Bloomberg was optimistic, "While we can't promise that we will hit another record next year, I do think we'll continue to see a lot of tourists on our streets." He spoke at Rockefeller Center, where CityRoom reports some students from Medford (Mass.) High School cheered him on: "Mr. Bloomberg thanked all of them for coming and said, 'We love you; go spend some money,' before he went on his way."