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