Bill Clinton to speak at ETC conference

NEW YORK -- Former President Bill Clinton will address the European Travel Commission's Trans-Atlantic Travel Marketing Conference set for Dec. 18.

The event, conceived as a forum on how to rebuild a transatlantic tourism industry shattered by the events of Sept. 11, is expected to draw more than 400 participants, said the 33-nation ETC.

New U.S. marketing plans for 2003, and the speech by Clinton -- underwritten by Smithsonian magazine and viewed by ETC members as a sure-fire attention-getter -- will be highlights of the daylong event, to be held at an as-yet-undetermined location.

"Clinton's appearance demonstrates how seriously the government tourism offices view the current situation," said Einar Gustavson, the ETC's U.S. chairman.

For more information, call Donald N. Martin & Co. at (212) 218-1200, send a fax to (212) 218-1205 or e-mail [email protected].

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