White House tours to resume

September 03, 2003 (UPI)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The White House, which suspended tours to the public following the terrorist attacks two years ago, will resume tours later this month.

Tours will be offered Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning Sept. 16.

However, people will not be able to line up outside the White House as before, they will have to make reservations through members of Congress and submit names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The member of Congress will then submit the information to the White House for security screening, the Washington Post reported.

"The tourism policies and procedures have been under review, and the goal has always been to make the tours more available," said Ashley Snee, a White House spokeswoman.

Washington tourism officials applauded the tours' resumption.

About 20 million people visited Washington annually, before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but that dropped to about 18 million in 2001 and 2002, according to William A. Hanbury, chief executive of the Washington Convention and Tourism Corp.