Within a few short months of opening to the public, the 9/11 Memorial in New York has made a huge impact on tourism and travel to New York City. The memorial opened for the tenth anniversary of the September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and attracted one million visitors in less than four moths. The National September 11 Memorial Plaza helped draw in nearly 10 million visitors to Lower Manhattan in 2011.
Downtown Alliance president Elizabeth H. Berger said,“Tourism is thriving in Lower Manhattan like never before.” NYC & Company chief executive, George Fertitta also explained “As a result of our efforts to attract visitors to New York City, we not only reached a record 50.5 million visitors in 2011, but also helped create a significant, positive impact for Lower Manhattan.”
Lower Manhattan has long been identified as the gateway to the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island and Ellis Island. There are many other important tourist attractions in the area including the National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Skyscraper Museum, the New York Stock Exchange, and Saint Paul’s and Trinity churches.