ROME -- Rome's total visitor count is running 30% ahead of last
year, according to Paolo Gentiloni, Rome's commissioner for
tourism, although the bulk of that increase comes from Italian
Among "traditional tourists," he said, the increase this year
has been about 4%, the same as last year's increase.
But the number of U.S. tourists visiting Rome rose by 11% during
the first four months of 2000, Gentiloni said.
In 1999, the city attracted slightly more than 900,000 U.S.
"We believe that by the beginning of December, for the first
time, the number of American tourists in Rome will surpass 1
million," he said.
The city is planning to select a U.S. visitor, probably in
December, as the millionth tourist, with attendant celebrations, he