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Arkansas Tourism Revenues Down

September 10, 2003 - Posted at: 8:45 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Tourism tax revenue was down for the early part of the summer, but state officials are hopeful they will see an increase for the months of July and August.

State tourism director Joe David Rice says worries about the military conflict in Iraq, the economy and bad weather reduced the number of visitors in May and June.

The state's two percent tourism tax collections in May dropped 1.9 percent from last year, and June was down 3.7 percent from last year.

But Rice says the collections for July and August should look better, because July is typically Arkansas' best month for tourism.

But an officials with the American Automobile Association says July and August could have been better because of reduced anxiety over the war and signs of an earnest economic recovery.

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