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Traveler safety: anticrime campaign under way.

Citing care and concern for the nation's millions of travelers, five national organizations have banded together to educate the public about traveler safety. Led by the American Hotel & Motel Association, Washington, D.C., sponsors of the National Traveler Safety Campaign include the American Automobile Association, Heathrow, Florida; the American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, D.C.; the American Society of Travel Agents, Alexandria, Virginia; and the National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C.

The National Crime Prevention Council has a long track record with sensitizing the public about how to "take a bite out of crime," as their famous symbol, McGruff the Crime Dog, states. Says NCPC's executive director, Jack Calhoun, "People need to use the same 'sixth sense' instinct they have about preventing crime at home when they're traveling."

Here are 10 traveler safety tips from the American Hotel & Motel Association:

1. Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who's there. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.

2. When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.

3. Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.

4. Don't needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.

5. Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.

6. Don't invite strangers to your room.

7. Place all valuables in the hotel or motel's safe deposit box.

8. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

9. Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.

10. If you see any suspicious activity, report your observations to the management.

Where They're Coming From

As the number of international tourists visiting the U.S. continues to grow, hotels, motorcoach companies, and incentive companies are fighting for a bigger piece of the pie. Here's the United States Travel and Tourism Administration's projected list of arrivals in 1993.
 Total visitors Change from last year

Japan 4,272,000 +10%
United Kingdom 3,055,000 +10%
Germany 2,015,000 +17%
France 836,000 + 4%
Italy 695,000 +17%
Australia 511,000 + 4%
Argentina 475,000 +30%
Brazil 467,000 + 2%
Spain 423,000 +20%
Venezuela 419,000 +15%

Reprinted with permission from the April 1993 issue of
Incentive
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