Tourism Expert Notes Major Rebound in Gulf Coast Visits
Steve Presley, a travel and tourism expert and founding member of iTrip.net, asserts in a news release, “We have seen a sharp rebound throughout the Gulf and it is especially exemplified in Gulf Shores, Ala., where tourism in 2011 brought in record-breaking gross revenue of $277 million."
Presley offers these additional thoughts:
- These numbers reflect a dramatic uptick in travel to this region, but the presence of vacation rental by owner offerings in the Gulf Shores is a true testament to progress made. Accommodation revenue has bounced back, but when people start renting their own properties, that is a sure sign the area is in high demand once again.
- BP has spent $14 billion on the oil spill response and $179 million on tourism marketing efforts for the four affected sates: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
- After Memorial Day weekend, the National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 2-10, and Free Fishing Days offer a true measure of tourism for the coming season and interest in fishing in the region given the recovery effort for the local waters.