Tourists Head to Beaches Despite Gulf Oil Spill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tourism officials from Mississippi to Florida have fought the perception that oil has come ashore, and hotels have offered lower rates and other incentives to vacationers.

Though some tar balls have been found on Mississippi and Alabama barrier islands, oil from the spill has not significantly fouled the shores.

On Biloxi Beach, Paul Dawa and a friend drove from Tennessee to see for themselves whether the oil had hit the white sands.

The men were chased off the beach by a summer storm, not oil.

Linda Hornsby of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association, says the perception threatens to cripple the tourist economy.


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  • by Mike Location: Lauderdale on Jun 1, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    I have to agree with Joel on the conditions of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Beaches. My wife and I went down there for a mini vacation during the Memorial Day Weekend. The beaches were clean and as beautiful as I have seen in a very long time. It was a shame that they were virtually empty. We need to support the businesses and people down there as much as we can. Don't be scared off by the mainstream media, as to how bad it is down there. Go and see for yourself.
  • by Joel Location: Orlando, FL on Jun 1, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    People are still coming to the hot vacation spots even with fears of the oil. But why shouldn't they? The beaches are still beautiful and the places are fun. The gulf coast economy may still suffer some because it is an "undeserved blow." http://wellonscommunications.com/pr-blog/2010/06/01/panhandle-tourism-takes-a-hit-even-though-beaches-are-beautiful/
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