Survey Shows Rio Grande Valley is a Hot Spot for Nature Tourism

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:20am

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - A new survey shows the Valley has become quite the hot spot for thousands across the country who want a taste of Mother Nature.

The study was conducted by Texas A&M and shows nature tourism brings in more than $300 million dollars a year to the area. The money mainly comes from bird watchers, green thumbs and butterfly watchers from all over the nation. The survey also shows that nature tourists tend to stay an average of five days in the Valley bringing even more revenue to the area.

Quinta Mazatlan Nature Center spokesperson Colleen Hook stated, "It's beauty, it's spiritual renewal for the local people, it's oxygen from the trees. It's the whole circle of life for people who live here year round. It's also a destination, it makes the Rio Grande Valley a destination and it makes ecotourism a growing business."

The nine nature centers throughout the Valley will kick-off its annual RGV Festival and it's one of the largest in the nation.

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