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MICHIGAN TOURISM DOWN SHARPLY

 MICHIGAN TOURISM DOWN SHARPLY
 DETROIT, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Tourism Index (MTI)


took a sharp five-point drop in the third quarter. It fell to 144.1 from 149.1 in the second quarter. This is the second consecutive decline in the MTI and represents the lowest level of inflation- adjusted, tourism-related activity since year-end 1988.
 The greatest loss in the MTI occurred as a result of declining motor vehicle traffic, measured between Canadian border points. Compared with the same quarter a year ago, traffic volume was down 7.8 percent. In part, lower border traffic reflected the strikes and blockades of September. Disgruntled Canadian civil servants and truckers disrupted both commercial and tourism traffic at that time.
 Among the MTI's other components: Mackinac Bridge crossings declined between second- and third-quarter 1991, but were up 5.1 percent compared with the third-quarter 1990. Third-quarter occupancy rates at Michigan lodgings remained essentially flat compared to the prior quarter and the same quarter a year ago. Scheduled air passenger traffic showed good gains between the second and third quarters of 1991, but was o ?percent from year-earlier levels.
 Third Quarter Percent Annual Average
 1991 1990 Change 1990
 MTI 144.1 149.1 -3.4 148.7
 Occupancy rate
 at lodgings 87.7 87.7 0 86.8
 Airline traffic 228.0 245.5 -7.1 239.5
 Vehicular traffic 115.4 125.2 -7.8 127.6
 Mackinac Bridge
 Crossings 145.3 138.2 5.1 140.0
 The MTI is a quarterly summary complied by Manufacturers Bank, N.A. of four seasonally adjusted travel and lodging data series, which serve as a noninflationary proxy for statewide tourism activity.
 -0- 12/2/91
 /CONTACT: David L. Littmann of Manufacturers Bank, 313-222-7241/
 (MNTL) CO: Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit ST: Michigan IN: LEI SU: ECO


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