Nature Tourism is a term used to encompass the broad range of natural resource based recreation and tourism activities. This includes adventure, agritourism, hunting and fishing. We provide educational programs and resources for communities, landowners, businesses and travelers. Learn tourism skills, planning, development, management and marketing.
Community Success Stories – Community Development through Nature Tourism
- Employment. The Texas travel industry generated 630,000 jobs in 2014
- Direct Texas travel spending was $70.6 billion in 2014.
- Visitor/Traveler generated taxes (Local, state and federal ) amounted to $1,050 per Texas household.
- Texas was visited by 1.55 million overseas visitors during their visit to the U.S. in 2014. (another 8 million from Canada and Mexico)
- There is greater BIODIVERSITY in the Texas Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge than the Florida Everglades (141 sq miles, 1100 plant species & 700 vertebrates) vs (2,356 sq miles, 1,033 plant species, 633 vertebrates)
According to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study:
- In 2011 90.1 million Americans, 38% of the U.S. population 16 years old and older, enjoyed some form of fishing, hunting or wildlife-associated recreation.
- Expenditures by hunters, anglers and wildlife-recreationists were $145.0 billion. This equates to 1% of gross domestic product; meaning one out of every one hundred dollars of all goods and services produced in the U.S. is due to wildlife-related recreation.
- Data available from the FHWAR Survey screen reveals 1.8 million 6 to 15 year olds hunted, 8.5 million fished, and 11.7 million watched wildlife.
Business Plan Development and Market Facts:
Please visit NatureTourism.tamu.edu for more information and dates for upcoming events.