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Nelson convenes tourism field hearing in St. Petersburg
Hearing to examine threats to Florida tourism economy
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, the ranking member of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a field hearing titled “Threats Facing Florida’s Tourism Driven Economy” Thursday, Aug. 10, 1 p.m., at the University of South Florida Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. S.

The hearing will examine tourism’s impact on Florida’s economy and threats to the industry. Florida attracted 112 million visitors last year, which generated $108 billion for the state’s economy and supported 1.4 million jobs. Sen. Nelson will lead a discussion on negative impacts to Florida’s tourism industry and ways to protect and bolster it.

Witnesses:

• Sherry Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, University of Florida

• Mitchell Roffer, Ph.D., President, Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecast Service, Inc.

• Robin Sollie, President and CEO, Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce

• Maryann Ferenc, Board of Director, US Travel Association and Brand USA, and CEO of Mise en Place Companies

* Witness list subject to change

Free parking is available on levels 2-5 in the parking garage located at 260 Fifth Avenue South, directly across the street from Student Center.

Witness testimony and opening statements will be available on www.c­ommer­ce.se­nate.­gov.
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