As I write this, the oil from the BP disaster still spouts, the tourism industry in the area is reeling, and hurricane season is just beginning. On the first day of summer, instead of reveling in their busiest season, hotels are fielding cancellation calls and small businesses that support tourism are going under. A mid-June survey of by the Knowland Group of 50 hotels across the Gulf Coast found that 60 percent were experiencing group cancellations—up 18 percent from their survey ...

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