D.C.'s mayor to man info lines, answer questions

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WASHINGTON -- Travelers calling Washington's visitors information line on the afternoon of April 24 might very well wind up getting help from Mayor Anthony Williams, who is slated to take to the phones and help out on the tourism information lines.

Tourism officials indicated that these days they get about as many questions about safety and the terrorism alert, which was recently downgraded from orange (high) to yellow (elevated), as they do about attractions.

WhileWilliams will only be on the phones for a short time (from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.),tourism officials hope his participation will go a long way towards underscoring the message that Washington is safe and anxious to welcome visitors.

On April 24, the city's tourism officials also plan to announce the establishment of a new toll-free visitor information hotline, (866) DC-IS-FUN as well as a month-long promotion called "Tour In DC."

The promotionis sponsored by the DC Chamber of Commerce to "create awareness that DC is still as safe as anywhere in the nation."

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