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This Week on Metro Connection: Visitors

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:06:40
Hey everybody, welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir. And as many of you undoubtedly know, here in the D.C. region 'tis the season for tourists or more like the start of the season anyway. Mid-March to mid-June is when we get a huge bulk of our visitors. We get another influx between, what, like mid-September and early November? And just how many visitors flock our way each year? Well, the latest stats show it's nearly 17 million. That's 28 times the population of the District itself.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:12
And when we talk about visitors to these parts, we're talking about people from all over the place. As of 2009, the last year for which stats are available, we moved our way up to the seventh most visited U.S. destination for international travelers, the seventh. More than a million and a half people cross the border to visit us each year. So on today's show, we're taking our hats off to visitors and visitors of all sorts. I mean, yes, we'll hear from some of the tourists streaming in. We'll get their impressions of the place, be it the monuments, the museums or the metro.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:42
But we'll also hear about wildlife visitors and why a local spot they usually visit during their annual migration might not be around much longer. We'll visit a retail space that's kind of a visitor, more or less, since it temporarily pops up before moving on. And we'll meet some young people who are training to welcome visitors in a D.C. high school dedicated to the art and business of hospitality.
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