Cleveland sees rise in motorcoach business

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CLEVELAND--Motorcoach travel to Cleveland is on the upswing this year.

Through July, the number of motorcoach passengers climbed to 50,009 compared with 45,241 for all of 1997, according to the Cleveland Visitors Bureau. The number of groups visiting here this year so far was 1,344, compared with 1,393 for all of last year. Motorcoach visitors to the Cleveland area in 1997 contributed more than $5.7 million to the greater Cleveland economy.

The motorcoach numbers are indicative of all tourism, as the total number of visitors already has exceeded those for all of 1997. For example, the number of hotel nights booked were 1,783 for that period in 1998, compared with a total of 1,370 in 1997.

In 1997, nearly 15,000 hotel nights in greater Cleveland were booked by group tours. These overnight stays, along with recreational activities, shopping and dining, generated $2.3 million. Nearly 45,000 one-day visitors to Cleveland brought in an estimated $3.4 million at area attractions, shopping centers and restaurants.

Many of the group travelers came from eastern Canada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. Their interests ranged from shopping and entertainment to cultural events.

Travel agents and tour operators can get more information from the Greater Cleveland Group Travel Planner, published by the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland. The 60-page guide includes a list of local offerings, from entertainment and shopping to activities, recreation, lodging and dining.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland
Phone: (800) 321-1001
Web: www.travelcleveland.com

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