D.C. Tourism Unaffected by Capitol Shooting

WASHINGTON -- The Washington D.C. Convention and Visitors Association reported no negative impact from the shootings July 24 at the U.S. Capitol, which left two guards dead and one tourist injured.

"We've had no cancellations and have gotten no phone calls, except one e-mail from overseas" about the shootings, said Marie Tibor, the association's vice president.

"I think it's because the media coverage has been so extensive and has reported that tours are continuing as scheduled," she said.

The nation's capital received 22 million visitors in 1997, a record year, and, with a strong economy, Tibor said 1998 is shaping up to match or exceed those visitor numbers.

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