Friday, May 8, 2009

Visit these attractions during Tourism Week

What better way to recognize National Tourism and Travel Week by checking out some of the very cool tours and attractions that Pasco County has to offer. If you are visiting, you'll have a great time discovering the meaning of Pasco's "It's Only Natural" slogan. If you are a local, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the unique and offbeat activities you can do in your own backyard. Check out a few below, along with these fun facts about tourism in Florida and the U.S.

Travel Industry Fun Facts

Did You Know that travel and tourism is a $1.6 trillion industry in the United States? If one dollar bill equaled a second of time, then $1.6 trillion would equal almost 51,000 years.

Did You Know that travel and tourism generates $110 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments? If you place 110 billion one dollar bills end-to-end, they would circle the world 419 times.

Did You Know that each U.S. household would pay $995 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry? $995 will buy about five weeks of groceries for a family of four, will fill the average car with gas 17 times, or will even pay the average cost of a ticket to a Michigan vs. Ohio State football game.

Did You Know that the travel and tourism industry is one of the country's largest employers with 7.5 million jobs? You could fill the Louisiana Superdome a hundred times over with people directly employed in the industry. For more, visit the U.S. Travel Association's website.

So, what's there to do in Pasco County? Plenty! Check out some of these cool spots this summer.

Florida Estates Winery, State Road 52 in Land O' Lakes - Open daily, the winery also hosts a monthly Fresh Market with produce, arts and crafts vendors, wine tasting and live music.

Empire Winery, 11807 Little Road, New Port Richey - Provides tours and wine tastings. Call (727) 819-2821 or stop by. Visit them online here.

Dade City's Wild Things Zoo - Meridian Avenue & 17th Street, Dade City. A non-profit sanctuary and zoo on 22 acres, Wild Things offers feeding tours, educational tours for school groups and private tours. Visit the website here.

Miss Daisy Boat Tours on the Cotee River - Docked at the Seaside Inn in Port Richey, the Miss Daisy provides short jaunts on the Cotee River and into the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Kelly and First Mate George share the vibrant history of Pasco County as they cruise by homes of Gloria Swanson, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, & Johnny Cash. Visit their website here.
Have a comment about Pasco Tourism? Click the "Comments" link below to discuss great places to visit in Pasco County or to recommend a destination for an upcoming Adventure.


Aine Lyons said...

Great blog on Pasco County. There is always lots to do in Pasco County. Werner-Boyce State Park is in Pasco County and one can find loads of interesting things to do with the Salt Springs Alliance, Inc group. Their website -
I have been on one of their moonlight walks and it was awesome.

I blog mainly about Florida on a website for The Summit Daily News in Colorado. I do have an article about Pasco County and intend to submit more exciting places to visit in Pasco county. The next time I blog about Pasco County I will add your blog link. a few more. My blog link.



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