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
"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
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.