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NASCAR Ban may hurt Tourism

By DONNA BALANCIA  — NASCAR’s ban on testing for 2009 was done to save money for participating teams, but it will cost Brevard County hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost tourism revenue, county officials estimate. Testing vehicles, a critical … Continue reading

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Greyhound racing goes to the dogs

By DONNA BALANCIA, Florida Today — When New Yorker Robert Seilowitz used to vacation in Florida, he made it a regular habit to hit the dog track in Miami. “Going to bet the dogs was something you had to do when you … Continue reading

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Aquatica To Lure More Tourists – Balancia – GANNETT

Aquatica, which will open Mar. 1, will draw more tourists, said Joe Couciero, chief marketing officer for Busch Entertainment. His remarks came during a breakfast meeting organized by Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which was followed by a brief … Continue reading

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Melbourne Greyhound Park’s Poker Room Opens

Melbourne: More than 100 people were lined up outside Melbourne Greyhound Park Jan. 17 awaiting the opening of the track’s temporary 10-table poker room; 700 more poured in during the next 12 hours. “It’s turned out to be overwhelming,” said … Continue reading

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SheiKra Set to Reopen with ‘Floorless’ Cars

SheiKra Set to Reopen with ‘Floorless’ Cars BY DONNA BALANCIA FLORIDA TODAY June 12, 2007 Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa will reopen roller coaster SheiKra — one of the country’s most well-known “dive” roller coasters — on Saturday with “floorless” … Continue reading

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Fewer snowbirds migrate to Florida this winter

http://www.usatoday.com/money/biztravel/2007-01-16-snowbirds_x.htm By Donna Balancia, USAToday —   COCOA BEACH — Rising rents and insurance rates, gas prices and medical costs are among the reasons Florida businesses are seeing fewer “snowbirds” this winter. And the hotel owners, restaurateurs and others who … Continue reading

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Daytona’s Biketoberfest kick-starts Brevard’s tourist season

October 19, 2006 Daytona’s Biketoberfest kick-starts Brevard’s tourist season Visitors stay, play and pay on Space Coast BY DONNA BALANCIA FLORIDA TODAY Tim Buffaloe, owner of Beach Sportcycles motorcycle shop in Cocoa, looks forward to Biketoberfest every year. “With the … Continue reading

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Cruise Industry Concerns

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Delta cuts back at Orlando

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2006-01-20-delta-orlando_x.htm Updated 1/20/2006 By DONNA BALANCIA, Florida Today — Delta Air Lines on Thursday vacated 16 of its 24 gates at Orlando International Airport, as part of its reorganization plan aimed at emerging from bankruptcy court proceedings. But it was … Continue reading

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More weighing whether to travel based on price of gasoline

More weighing whether to travel based on price of gasoline Chicago Sun-Times October 2, 2005 | DONNA BALANCIA | Harry Washburn won’t be seeing the leaves turn color this fall in the Adirondacks. He said he couldn’t afford his annual car trip … Continue reading

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