TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Visit Florida, the state's public-private
tourism promotion concern, will offer seven themed itineraries for
visitors who want to pursue special interests, according to Kerri
Post, the organization's director of new product marketing.
There will be programs of up to four days for self-drive
tourists, including those who use bikes and canoes for part or all
of their trips, she said. The itineraries will be introduced in
The themed itineraries, researched and plotted out by Mary
Mitchell, a former Travel Weekly contributing editor, first will be
added to Visit Florida's Web site [www.flausa.com]. Printed
brochures will be available.
The resources listed, such as local tourist organizations, will
be useful in determining what accommodations, dining and other
services are found in areas that may be outside the larger cities,
The itineraries, accompanied by photos and a listing of
resources for more destination information, will cover these
themes: African-American Heritage Trail, Cuban Heritage Trail,
Native American Indian Trail, Canoeing, Birding, Biking and
Antiques & Museums. All eight tourist regions of Florida will
be included in one or more of the itineraries.
Bird-watching opportunities are so numerous statewide that Post
envisions the need for two sets of itineraries.
Additional itineraries are being considered for 2000. Themes
under consideration are Art & Architecture, Literary Florida
(focusing, for example, on the home of author Marjorie Kinan
Rawlings, who lived outside Gainesville), Air & Space (focusing
on the Kennedy Space Center and attractions such as the Flights of
Fantasy, near Orlando), Florida Gardens, Agriculture, Horticulture
(including working ranches) and Auto Racing.
Live stage productions, which abound in Florida, remain another
possibility for a tie-in focusing on cultural attractions, Post
When the itineraries are available for distribution in printed
form, agents will be able to request them by calling (888)
6-FLAUSA, Visit Florida's toll-free phone line.