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TRAVEL INDUSTRY SAYS 'ENOUGH'S ENOUGH'; WAGES CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT CRIME AGAINST TRAVELERS

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The travel industry is waging war on crime against travelers through a three-point campaign, according to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).
 "Stop killing America's traveler's -- both American and international," demanded TIA President Edward R. Book. "They deserve to feel safe. As hosts, the travel industry wants to be part of the solution to make our nation a safe and welcoming destination.
 "TIA's program focuses on study, prevention and rewards. We call for the attorney general to examine the effect of violence on America and our industry, we demand strict gun control measures, and we will offer rewards for tips leading to the arrest and indictment of anyone who murders a traveler. We vow to be active participants in all parts of this plan," he continued.
 A copy of TIA's campaign follows:
 TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
 A Campaign
 In Response to Crimes of Violence Against Travelers
 in the United States
 The U.S. travel and tourism industry is outraged at continued acts of crime committed against U.S. and international travelers in the United States.
 Travel and tourism in the United States is now the nation's third largest service industry, second largest employer and single largest export industry. In 1992 alone, 208 million Americans and 48 million international visitors traveled in the United States.
 The cycle of violence, perpetrated against both Americans and their guests visiting from abroad, must be stopped. The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), working in partnership with other anti- crime advocates, law enforcement agencies and concerned private citizens, will actively take part in the battle to end spiraling violence in America.
 Violent crimes against travelers threaten to curtail tourism in the United States and the 6 million American jobs directly related to serving them. Concrete steps to promote the safety and security of all travelers in the United States have already been launched by some segments of the industry, including the American Hotel & Motel Association, the American Automobile Association and the American Society of Travel Agents. It is time now for the entire travel and tourism industry to mobilize in an all-out effort to protect its constituents -- American and international visitors -- traveling in the United States.
 The three points of the campaign:
 1. The United States must join the family of nations where citizens and travelers alike are far better protected by laws that restrict gun use and ownership. TIA calls for the strict control of civilian ownership and possession of handguns and illegal and assault weapons in the United States and for the swift and certain apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of perpetrators of violent crimes. TIA will actively support the expedited passage of comprehensive crime legislation at the federal level.
 2. TIA calls on the president to direct the attorney general to form a task force to address the impact of violent crime on travelers and to recommend initiatives to halt and reverse this tragic trend. TIA pledges its full support to this effort.
 3. TIA is joining with Crime Stoppers International in a nationwide program to protect travelers and ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable visit. The program offers rewards for information leading to the indictment of suspects who commit homicide against travelers.
 TIA is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of all the $380 billion U.S. travel industry. TIA's mission is to promote travel to and within the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Dexter Koehl or Shawn Flaherty of the Travel Industry Association of America, 202-861-6355/


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