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Roswell Draws 10,000 Visitors For 'UFO Encounter'

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk=20
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 04:32:49 +0200
Fwd Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 08:11:46 -0400
Subject: Roswell Draws 10,000 Visitors For 'UFO Encounter'

From: The Amarillo Globe.




Web posted Tuesday, July 7, 1998 5:41 a.m. CT

Roswell draws 10,000 visitors for UFO Encounter

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Some 10,000 visitors filled Roswell motel
rooms through the weekend for the '98 edition of the city's UFO
Encounter, commemorating the purported crash of a flying saucer.

"I consider it a success," said Johnny Johnson, director of the
Roswell Convention and Civic Center. "We had 90 percent of the
motel rooms filled up in the last four days."

Back in July 1947, so the story goes, the government recovered a
UFO and alien bodies from an isolated Roswell-area ranch, then
covered up the whole thing.

Last year's 50th anniversary celebration brought in 48,000
people, according to the state Department of Tourism, although
Johnson believes that number might be inflated. The anniversary
also prompted more than 1,000 articles from March through
December 1997, reaching 46.1 million people.

Johnson said this year's celebration, which ended Sunday, can't
be compared to last year's.

"This is not the 50th anniversary," he said. "You can't expect
the same amount of people. The media didn't cover the event like
they did last year."

The 30-plus vendors at the UFO Expo and Trade Show were about
evenly divided between those who reported financial success and
failure, he said.

But for future events to succeed, there's got to be more than
UFO souvenirs because merchandising doesn't bring in visitors,
Johnson said. He'd like to see speakers, exhibits and
presentations based on mankind's space travel experiences.

"We need to mix science fiction with science. . . . We need to
offer attractions that are educational and show that reality is
just as wild as the imagination is," he said.

We'd love to hear your feedback.
=A9 1998 Amarillo Globe-News