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Central Florida’s Tourism Rise And The Impact On Hospitality Jobs

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In the first three months of 2015, more than 28 million visitors came to Florida, many of them drawn to the Orlando area theme parks and attractions. Orlando International Airport is also recording higher passenger numbers, and the airport is pushing ahead with plans for a new terminal. President and CEO of the US Travel Association Roger Dow joins the program to talk about the recent uptick in tourism.

But what does a tourism boom mean for the boots-on-the-ground workers in the hospitality industry?

To find out, 90.7’s Matthew Peddie speaks to University of Central Florida Sociologist Jim Wright about jobs in the hospitality industry. And later, Eric Clinton, President of Unite Here , a labor union for Disney Workers, talks about the push for higher wages.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »