Gulf Oil Spill –Impact on Tourism

In addition to being an environmental disaster, the oil spill in the Gulf is affecting travel and tourism  in and around our coastal areas.  Potential visitors are beginning to reconsider travel to the threatened areas in anticipation of beaches being impacted. Today’s Miami Herald article Florida Tourism in Fear Over Gulf Oil Spill likens this response as similar to a hurricane threat. Florida state tourism officials face  difficult decisions in how to address this issue particularly in regards to how to disseminate information to the public (and potential visitors).

I thought that the author poses an interesting question:

“As tourists mulled their summer plans, Florida’s tourism officials debated the best way to influence those decisions. The fight mirrored familiar tension that builds whenever a hurricane looms: how much information about a potential catastrophe is too much information?”

What do you think?

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/05/1613588_p2/fla-tourism-industry-awash-in.html#ixzz0n4MfOLLb

Particularly for our hospitality students — below is a suggested list of resources where you can find more about management strategies used for issues affecting tourism and travel:

Books :

Restoring tourism destinations in crisis : a strategic marketing approach / David Beirman G155.A1 B385 2003

Safety and security in tourism : relationships, management, and marketing / C. Michael Hall G155.A1 S25 2003

Databases :

ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

GreenFILE

Hospitality & Tourism Complete from EBSCO

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection from Gale

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One Response to Gulf Oil Spill –Impact on Tourism

  1. The Destructionist says:

    I have a sinking feeling that this oil disaster is being downplayed and may be much larger than we think. I wanted to know just how much oil was flowing into the ocean from that broken pipeline (in both barrels and in gallons) so I did some research on my own.

    Barrels vs. Gallons

    Most news articles claim that since April 21, 2010 roughly 4 million gallons of sweet crude have been leaked into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons per day. But according to an Associated Press article just posted today (What went wrong at oil rig? A lot), approximately 4,000,000 barrels have already spilled into the Gulf. When you convert those barrels into gallons, you end up with a whopping 168,000,000 gallons of oil: that’s a difference of 164,000,000 gallons from the previous estimate!

    (Don’t believe me? Read the articles and convert the measurements for yourself.)

    http://www.examiner.com/x-42484-Environmental-Health-Examiner~y2010m5d12-Toxic-chemicals-used-in-BP-oil-spill-cleanup-oil-to-remain-flowing-through-Gulf-VIDEO

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm

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