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Will Hurricane Ian Rain on Florida’s Tourism?

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(CNN) – As Hurricane Ian made landfall in western Cuba early Tuesday morning, Floridians were keeping an anxious eye on the rapidly intensifying storm.

That included the operators of Florida’s popular theme parks.Here’s a status report of where things stand as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday with various major theme and water parks and other sites of interest to tourists:Busch Gardens (Tampa):Ian’s path remains uncertain, but on Tuesday morning, the Tampa Bay Area seemed likely to be in the crosshairs.As a result, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said it will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.“Due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has enacted its Named Storm Policy...

Precautions are in place following the parks’ comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of our animals and ambassadors during this time,” the park announced on its website.“All admission tickets have been extended through December 31,” the park said.

Also, “annual Pass members’ guest tickets with an expiration date of Sept. 30 will be extended through Oct. 16.”Discovery Cove (Orlando)The all-inclusive day resort with animal encounters and tropical aquatic settings is also closing on Wednesday and Thursday.The parks said it “will reschedule or refund reservations booked online or from the call center.

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