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
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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