British Couple Celebrated as 50 Millionth Tourists to Visit New York City CheapOair Staff December 20, 2011 general New York City reached the 50 million tourist mark in 2011 A newly-wed British couple was celebrated Tuesday as the 50 millionth visitors to New York City in 2011. Just hours after their wedding at Rockefeller Center, Craig Johnson and Lucy Foulger joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a special ceremony in Times Square to mark the occasion. The couple was rewarded handsomely for sharing the spotlight with New York City on their special day. The two were showered with gifts ranging from gift cards to event tickets; a haul valued somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000. According to the New York Times, city officials chose to honor a British family with the symbolic title because the U.K. served as the single greatest source of visitors arriving on flights to New York City this year.