Gulf of Mexico tourism operators experienced a decline in business and have had to lower prices accordingly following April’s BP oil spill.According to an Expedia study, conventionally popular destinations such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans have had to lower rates despite claims the oil spill has not affected their beaches. Hotel average daily rates declined 29 per cent in May and 28 per cent in June compared to last year for this region.Australian tourists to the Gulf took advantage of the lower prices in May, but the trend was starting to wan said Expedia Manager Chris Hann.“We think it is a great time for Australian tourists to visit these destinations, particularly Florida, with prices for the American summer still heavily discounted….we are seeing airlines drop their fares to the US, with prices nearing those in early-to-mid 2009,” Mr Hann said.In the 87 days since the explosion, up to 700 litres of oil is estimated to have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, with New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau President, Stephen Perry, estimating USD500 million will be needed to bring tourists back.Recent reports claim a containment cap used to stem the flow of oil has been replaced and is being tested, with no signs of further leakage apparent. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2943a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
1 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The NFL Draft is a little more than a week away.Thirty-two players will hear their names called by Roger Goodell as first-round picks next Thursday night in Nashville, and most will come from the usual schools known for producing NFL talent.In fact, since 2010, 75 different schools have each produced at least one first-round pick. Your job is to name them.We’ve given you the number of first-rounders each school produced, you just name the program. HINT: The schools are listed in alphabetical order.You’ve got 10 minutes on the clock…good luck!