NEW YORK -- Despite feeling the effects of the Sept. 11 travel
slide more than other destinations, Europe's overall market share
of overseas travel by Americans slipped marginally last year, the
European Travel Commission said, from 48.9% to 48.1%.
The ETC noted that, prior to the terror attacks, travel to the
Continent last year was running 2.9% ahead of 2000.
Meanwhile, according to figures released this month by the U.S.
Commerce Department, last year's 7.5% decline in U.S. travel to
Europe, to 12.1 million departures, was a little more precipitous
than the 6% total overseas travel decline to 25.2 million
Among the gainers in market share were the Caribbean and Far
East/Oceania, which each added 1% in market share, to 18.4% and
All other regions, including Central and South America, the
Middle East and Africa, together gained nearly 2.6% of the U.S.
travel market, climbing to 15.9% overall.
"While U.S. travel to Europe was adversely affected more than
that to other regional destinations, the difference is very small,"
said Einar Gustavsson, ETC chairman in the U.S. and director for
the Americas at the Icelandic Tourist Board in New York.