TIA: Record number of theme park visitors

By Michael Milligan

WASHINGTON -- Americans took a record 92 million "domestic person trips" [defined as 50 miles or more roundtrip] to amusement and theme parks last year, according to a new Travel Industry Association report.

That was a 5 percent increase over 2001, and in keeping with a post-9/11 stay-at-home trend.

The TIA found that some 48% of baby boomers, age 35 to 54, visited a theme or amusement park, compared with 34% of Gen Xers, age 18-34, and 18% of mature adults, age 55 and up.

Travelers to theme parks tend to be younger [average age 42] than the general travel population [average age 47] and travel as families, the report said.

Amusement/theme park visitors also spend more -- excluding transportation -- than other travelers [$845 versus $457].

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