NEW YORK--Off-peak travel to Europe is on the rise.
American travel to Europe surged 12.9% from October 1997 through
April 1998 over the same period a year earlier, according to the
European Travel Commission.
U.S. visits during that period totaled 5.08 million, the ETC
March was particularly busy, with arrivals up by 18% over March
An ETC spokesman attributed the growth to a strong U.S. economy,
lower transatlantic air fares and Europe's promotion of its
Based on airline reports, the ETC forecasted that 1998 will be a
sixth straight record year for travel to Europe.