Ecotourism still strong in Florida
Many areas of North and Central Florida are home to natural springs, lakes, beaches, trails and other natural lands. As the economy took a turn for the worse, the state’s parks and ecotourism offerings became attractive options as they are often much cheapter than vacations like cruises, theme parks and other attractions. WUFT-FM’s Emily Burris talked with University of Florida Associate Professor of Ecotourism Taylor Stein about general trends in the state’s ecotourism, as well as current factors affecting our natural areas.
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