TOURISM, state and city officials unceasingly remind us...


September 11, 1993

TOURISM, state and city officials unceasingly remind us, is big business in the Baltimore area. Now comes a federal commission to remind us that it is big business in the nation as a whole -- indeed, in the entire world.

The special federal commission studying the woes of the airline industry, in its tentative report last week,noted that tourism is one of the three top employers in 37 of the 50 states. It employs 8 percent of the population -- not working force, total population.

The $382 billion spent on tourism represents 6.4 percent of gross domestic product. That puts it ahead of such traditional economic mainstays as farming, mining and the construction industry.

Around the world, travel and tourism is a trillion-dollar business, according to the federal study. That's 6.1 percent of the world's gross product.

The point, as far as the airlines are concerned, is that tourism is becoming more critical to their future health as business travel falls off. As for Maryland, if more tourists are going to emplane for their vacations, why not land here?

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A CLOSE companion joins the controversy over the name of Baltimore's prospective football team with three suggestions: Centaurs, Satyrs and Mirages.

Two of them, the companion admits, may be trouble. Satyrs would have to be explained. And the companion picked Mirages in tribute to the French-built jets with which the Israeli air force took out the Egyptians in the 1967 war, but if the team doesn't materialize, the name might seem too appropriate in the wrong way.

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IN THE 19th century this young nation told the European powers not to interfere with goings-on in this hemisphere. The warning became known as the Monroe Doctrine, after President James Monroe.

Now Russia is telling those same nations, plus the former bastion of non-interference, the United States, not to meddle in the affairs of its neighbors, the remnants of the old Soviet Union. The Economist has dubbed it the Monroesky Doctrine.

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FROM OUR it-has-come-to-this department: Culling the catalog of the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies, the following was found under the heading general information:

"At the time of enrollment each student agrees to assume the personal risks and liabilities entailed in any course requirement. The student releases and holds harmless Johns Hopkins University, its trustees, faculties and administration from any injury sustained through his/her actions or the actions of other students enrolled in the course."

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