Manhattan is the most thickly populated ward of New York City, its financial and regulatory focus, and its authentic origination. Locally it is frequently eluded to just as The City. The ward is coextensive with New York County, one of the first areas of the U.S. province of New York. Tourism is imperative to Manhattan's economy, and the points of interest of Manhattan are the focal point of New York City's sightseers, counting roughly 61 million guests in 2016. Manhattan is the precinct most nearly connected with New York City by non-occupants; provincially, inhabitants inside the New York City metropolitan region, including locals of New York City's districts outside Manhattan, will frequently depict a trek to Manhattan as "heading off to the City".