Job Creation, Coastal Tourism, and Ocean Recreation


From construction and restoration to recreation and tourism, coastal economic growth is fueling job creation across America.

Between 2005 and 2009, when overall US employment dropped by 2.3 percent, coastal tourism and recreation employment grew by 2.7 percent and helped our nation survive the recession. This booming recreation and tourism industry is founded on clean and healthy habitats, abundant fish and wildlife, and the visitor opportunities that they support. The discussion will explore how a healthy ocean equips coastal communities, manufacturers, the hospitality industry, and others to create jobs in today's economy.These insights will be critical as we seek to build on existing investments and identify smart and sensible choices for the future.

The Honorable Sam Farr | US House of Representatives, CA-20

Isabel Hill | Director, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, US Department of Commerce

Jeff Gray | Superintendent, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Pat Maher | American Hotel & Lodging Association

Mike McCartney | President and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority

Rick Nolan | Principal, Boston Harbor Cruises

Tom Schmid | President & CEO, Texas State Aquarium

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