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Everglades National Park to Host UNESCO Director General at Tourism Roundtable

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Date: March 16, 2012
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714

 

On Monday, March 19, Everglades National Park will host a tourism roundtable discussion at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami Florida. The roundtable is part of the park's commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, the international treaty that seeks to recognize and protect the most significant places around the world for future generations, such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the Acropolis in Greece, and Everglades National Park.

Joining the discussion will be Irina Bokova, the Director General of United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization's (UNESCO), who is visiting Everglades National Park to mark the 40th anniversary. Other participants include former Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathaniel Reed, and Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor, Miami-Dade County, and William Talbert, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Dan Kimball, Superintendent of Everglades National Park.

As one of only 21 U.N.-designated World Heritage sites in the United States, Everglades National Park welcomes more than a million visitors each year, generates $136 million in economic activity and supports more than 1,956 jobs. Everglades is one of 11 units of the National Park System located in Florida that serve as premier destinations for international tourists to explore our nation's natural and cultural heritage.

WHO: Irina Bokova, General Director, UNESCO

Honorable Nat Reed, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior

William Talbert, President and CEO, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mario Goderich, Asst. Director for Sustainability, Planning, and Economic Enhancement, Miami-Dade County,

Moderator: Superintendent Dan Kimball

WHAT: Travel & Tourism Roundtable / 40th Anniversary of UNESCO'S World Heritage Convention

WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2012

9:30 am EDT Travel and Tourism Roundtable

11:15 am EDT Media Availability

WHERE: Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Bangkok Room 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami

RSVP: Media interested in attending must RSVP to e-mail us, or 305-242-7714

BACKGROUND: Irina Bokova Bio - http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/about-us/who-we-are/director-general

White House Tourism Initiative - http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/19/we-can-t-wait-president-obama-takes-actions-increase-travel-and-tourism-

Did You Know?

Prescribed Fire in Everglades National Park

On April 21, 1958, Everglades National Park conducted the first prescribed fire for ecological management in both the Park and the National Park Service. This burn pioneered using fire as a resource management tool nationwide.