D.C. reports record '98

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 metropolitan areas.

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