The nation's capital chalked up a record 21 million visitors last
year, up 7% compared with 1997, according to the Washington
Convention and Visitors Association's 1998 Annual Report and Travel
Trends. The report, prepared in cooperation with the Travel
Industry Association, attributed the increase to the strong U.S.
economy and targeted tourism marketing.
The city's hotel occupancy rate hit a record 72.1%, according to
the report. Top tourism months were April and October, with most of
the city's visitors coming from the New York and Philadelphia