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Spring Is Expected to Bring 2% Increase in Pleasure Travel

March 29, 2001|BONNIE HARRIS

If the crowds aren't descending on Disney's new park in full force yet, maybe they will this spring, when overall pleasure travel is expected to increase by more than 2% over last year, according to a survey by the Travel Industry Assn. of America. More than 147.4 million trips will be taken in March, April and May--86% of them for leisure purposes, the organization's officials said.

Twenty percent of those who traveled last year said they plan to travel more this spring than last, with 50% saying they plan to travel about the same.

The survey found that 47% of the travelers will be accompanied by spouses, while 27% plan to bring children or grandchildren. Only one in five travelers plans to go solo.

Bonnie Harris covers tourism for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7828 and at bonnie.harris@latimes.com.

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