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Student tourism down in D.C.

Posted on April 9, 2002

While tourism in Washington, D.C., is slowly recovering from September 11, student trips are still not up to their usual levels. Thousands of lost student groups are costing D.C. $1.5 million to $2 million per day compared with spring 2001, said the American Bus Association (ABA). The ABA estimates that school trip bans or postponements will cost the region's operators, tourism-based businesses and local tax coffers $150 million to $200 million over the course of the 10-week season. To call attention to national lawmakers to the impact of student travel bans, ABA received local television coverage of the drops in student visits during the first post-September 11 Cherry Blossom season.

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