Europe Sees Hike in U.S. Travelers

NEW YORK -- Arrivals in Europe from the U.S. increased 11.7% to 9.94 million in 1997, compared to the previous year, according to the European Travel Commission.

The ETC said traffic for the peak months, May through September, increased 12.2% and might have been greater had airline capacity not been strained on the busiest routes.

The growth in arrivals is the largest annual increase the region has experienced from the U.S, excluding 1986 and 1992, years that were preceded by terrorist incidents and the Persian Gulf war, respectively.

The ETC has been keeping records since 1948.

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