Tourism plays a large role in Florida's economy. The state House Committee on Tourism and Trade reported in 2007 that tourism generated $4 billion in sales tax revenue and employed nearly 1 million people. But airlines are cutting back on flights and people are watching their pennies while the economy retrenches. So how has Florida's travel and tourism industry been faring? And what's the outlook for the months ahead? We check in on tourism, this week on Florida Matters.
Bill Buerger was born in 1939 and raised just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. I talked with Bill about the impact World War II had on his family, how he understood the nation's overall perception of the war effort (even at his young age) and how those experiences shaped his overall outlook on life.