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September 25, 2017

Eco-Tourism

Travel Trend

Diane Sears | 12/1/2004
Among travel trends identified during a Chicago gathering this fall of the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus:

-- Amusement park revenue is expected to show a 6% increase for 2004 and jump another 4.5% annually for the next 10 years, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions.

-- Travel among Generation Xers is up 41%, and most prefer to book by web and aren't loyal to hotel brands, according to DK Shifflet & Associates. Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, whose travel is up 16%, like to combine business and leisure travel and to go as couples without children.

-- Hotel room revenue nationwide should top $1 billion this year, according to Smith Travel Research and PricewaterhouseCoopers. And tourists who visit them spend $2 outside the parks for every $1 they spend inside.

-- Tourists account for 30% of the sales at fine dining establishments, 20% at restaurants touting family or casual dining and 15% at fast-food outlets, according to the National Restaurant Association.

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  • Breaking News: Nova Southeastern University calls $200 million commitment from Patel Family 'transformational'

    Today, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million for real estate and facilities. The money will be used to expand the university's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and also to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship.

    “This gift and additional investment will enrich NSU’s ability to educate highly-qualified physicians and health care professionals who understand how the medical disciplines can and must work together. These future leaders will represent the cultural diversity of our region, our nation and our world so that they can better serve their patients and communities,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury.

    Their $50 million gift, one of the seven-largest to any Florida university in history, catapults NSU to more than 84% of its goal to raise $250 million by 2020 for its Realizing Potential philanthropic campaign.

    Read more at the news release, here.

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