Tourism Boom

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High Expectations in Tourist Business

The tourist business is booming. Americans — and apparently many other nationalities — are on the move in greater numbers than ever before and are spending more money than ever before on pleasure travel. Tourist-related businesses nationwide are reporting record profits. Nowhere is the boom more evident than among U.S. airlines. Last year, scheduled — non-charter — airlines flew 240 million passengers 193 billion miles, according to the Air Transport Association, the trade organization.

Those two records are likely to be broken this year. In the first six months, air passenger traffic was running 14 percent ahead of the mid-1977 figure, thanks largely to a proliferation of discount fares. Automobile travel is slightly heavier this year, the ...

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