Mississippi Coast 'Open for Business'

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Load up the beach gear and don't forget the sun block. Travel to the Gulf Coast is apparently still going strong, from the east Mississippi area, at least.

"The only calls I've had was what a wonderful trip it was," said Gaines Crawford, president of Corrigan Travel.

But this travel agent is also getting a lot of questions about the oil spill. Crawford said he's telling travelers to really look at why they want to visit the coast region.

"Are you going to go to the World War II museum or the French quarter or are you going to the casino, or the swamp tour. I would say, if we were putting a package together, we would take the swamp tour off," Crawford said.

And the same goes for the Mississippi coast. Are you going on a fishing tour or going to gamble? If it's just to gamble, chances are you might not even get close to the water.

The staff at the travel agency is using the slogan that is being heard across the state, "The Mississippi Gulf Coast is open for business".

And so is the cruise business. The boats are simply maneuvering around the oil. And Crawford says he hasn't heard any reports of passengers being able to smell the oil.

"They are making adjustments in their sailing," said Crawford. "You have to remember they have a million dollar cruise ship. They want to protect it as well as you, the traveler, so they are going to bypass the spills."


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