Destination Boston

Friday, 08 March 2019

Boston is the smallest of the biggest cities of United States of America, just for mentioning the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). Seat of Suffolk County and the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston has about 673.000 inhabitants.

Let’s leave out also New York (New York), that has about 8 million and 540.000 inhabitants and that, by the way, it’s an hour flight far from Boston. In turn, let’s look at the other four most densely populated cities in the USA: Los Angeles (California) touches 4 million inhabitants, Chicago (Illinois) has about 2 million and 700.000 inhabitants, Houston (Texas) has 2 million and 300.000 citizens, Phoenix (Arizona) has 1 million and 600.000 ones instead.


Boston is small, but heavy and this thanks to some of its aspects. First of all, for its history: the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill were crucial for the American Revolutionary War. Secondly, for the presence of the world-famous colleges and universities: la Boston Latin School, founded in 1635, is the oldest school in America, and the Harvard University, founded in 1636 and located in the bordering Cambridge, is the most ancient American university.

Boston plays its role also for the tourism, especially if you consider the so-called Greater Boston. The numbers provided by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) speak for themselves.

In 1991, when Patrick Moscaritolo assumed the GBCVB guide, the Greater Boston had 7 million and 200.000 tourists. In 2017, the travelers that visited the region were 21 million and 200.000.

In 1991, Boston and Cambridge registered a 70% hotel occupancy rate*. In 2017, the percentage established at 82,2%.


On Boston Globe, we can read that a significant part of Boston and surroundings’ growth in terms of touristic destination is due to Moscaritolo, president and CEO of GBCVB for 28 years. In his place now there is Martha Sheridan, previously president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB), elected by the GBCVB last November.

Eight visitors of Greater Boston in a hundred – excluded Canada and Mexico – come from foreign Countries. Almost the 15% of the expense related to tourism in that area is due to them. In 2017, the first five Countries for the number of visitors were China, United Kingdom, Germany, France and India. Subsequently, from the sixth to the tenth position, we can find South Korea, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Netherlands, Argentina and Switzerland.

In order to learn more about the numbers related to Boston and surroundings’ tourism, you can consult the section Statistics & Reports of the GBCVB website. Another useful source is What’s new in Boston, with all the news regarding hotels, the seafront, the transports, gastronomy and craft beer, museums, attractions, sports, shows and the entertainment.


Speaking of craft beers, the whole Massachusetts established itself as a reference destination for the craft lovers. If you want to know more about craft breweries and propose them to your clients, you can explore the section Craft Breweries of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website and the Massachusetts Brewers Guild website. We point you out also the Mass. Craft Beverage App, a source that allows you to discover also sideries, distilleries and taverns.

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*the relationship expressed in percentage between the available rooms and the rooms sold in a certain period

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