Tourists paid 3.7% more for meals this June, index shows

WASHINGTON Travelers spent 3.7 percent more for meals during June than they did during the same month of 2006, with checks driven sharply higher by a 4.6-percent year-over-year spike in alcoholic beverage prices, according to new data from the U.S. Travel Industry Association of America.

The TIAA's Travel Price Index showed that drink prices climbed more steeply than the cost of any other travel component except lodging charges, which shot up 7.3 percent from

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