Miami tourism up

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A record 9.4 million visitors came to greater Miami in 1995, a 7% increase over 1994, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau reported on Thursday. A 45% drop in the number of Mexican visitors was more than offset by a 21.3% increase in European travelers; the U.K. increased 70% and Germany rose 60%. Visits from those two markets fell off dramatically following the murders of nine international tourists in 1992-'93.

Separately, Florida's Panhandle region, still reeling from the impact of hurricanes Erin and Opal, will receive $1 million from the state's Tourism Promotion Trust Fund for additional advertising and promotion targeting spring and summer travelers. Fahlgren Benito, Tampa, the state's tourism agency, will handle the effort.

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