A Letter From the Publisher: Apr. 22, 1985

To report this week's cover story on the U.S. tourist migration, TIME correspondents around the world spoke with government officials, exchange dealers, bankers, travel agents, hoteliers and shopkeepers. In Europe, center of the friendly invasion, the magazine's reporters buttonholed American travelers to learn about the latest buys. They, along with Senior Writer Otto Friedrich, an enthusiastic vacationer who wrote the story, also drew on their own experiences coping with a dollar that used to be weak and is now strong.

London Correspondent Mary Cronin spends many of her free weekends haunting English antique fairs. "Three years ago," she says, "I used...

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