Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit
February 25, 2020
FSU PC Holley Academic Center
8:00am – 5:00pm
Florida State University, Panama City is excited to team up with the Explore Northwest Florida organization to host the Northwest Florida Ecotourism Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020. According to the United Nations Travel Organization, Ecotourism is the fastest growing segment within the travel industry.
This summit will bring in industry leaders, educators, students, potential new businesses and eco-friendly enthusiasts to Panama City to enhance our ecotourism communities in the Florida Panhandle.
Participation in this event enhances awareness of educational opportunities, fosters community engagement, and expands business partnerships. Our objectives through this Summit are to:
- Promote Ecotourism best practices in business development, marketing, risk management, and operations
- Educate on Sustainable Ecotourism
- Encourage Ecotourism Ethics / Wildlife Disturbance Issues
- Explore available resources from FSU PC, Explore Northwest Florida and other Ecotourism support organizations
Join us as we learn from industry leaders, government officials and organization, along with Industry and resource panels.
ECOTOURISM SUMMIT SPEAKERS
Dana Young, VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO
As VISIT FLORIDA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dana Young leads Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its Board of Directors and the statewide tourism industry.
Throughout her career, Dana has served in leadership positions working to cultivate and protect Florida’s exceptional business climate and a world-class quality of life. As an attorney at Fowler, White, Boggs, P.A. in Tampa, she represented a broad spectrum of businesses, landowners, and individuals in areas of regulatory compliance, permitting, zoning, and administrative law proceedings.
Dana served in the Florida House from 2010 through 2016, rising to Majority Leader for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. In 2016, she was elected to the Florida Senate, where she represented parts of western Hillsborough County for two years. Dana was recommended for the VISIT FLORIDA position by Governor Ron DeSantis and was unanimously approved by the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors on January 7, 2019. In addition to her duties as President and CEO, she is a member of the U.S. Travel Association’s Chairman’s Circle.
Dana is a sixth-generation Floridian and was born and raised in Tallahassee. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida State University and, in pursuit of her interest in law and public policy, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time in natural Florida and tarpon fishing with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Alexandra and Carson.
Dan Rowe, Director & CEO, Visit Panama City Beach
Chuck Hatcher, Assistant Director of Recreation & Parks, DEP
Brett Cyphers, Executive Director, NWF Water Management District
Danny Bivins, Senior Public Service Associate, University of Georgia
Dr. Glen Aiken, Director, NF Research & Education Center, UF IFAS
Anne Glick, Wildlife Viewing Program Administrator, FWC
Dr. Sandra Halvorson, FSU PC
Brian Baber, MS FSU PC
Ray Windham, Lilypad Adventures
Michael O’Brian Garcia, Florida Olive Grower Association
Kristy Terry, Executive Director, North Florida Inland Long-Term Recovery Group