Gulf tourism and the oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico tourism industry could be hurt by the spill for up to three years and lose $22.7 billion in revenue, according to a new study.

Before the spill
Visitor spending In the 18 congressional districts of states that border Gulf, in billions, 2008 Total: $34.2 billion Fla. Texas Leisure and hospitality jobs as percentage of total private employment in Gulf coastal counties, 2008 Miss. Fla. La. Texas Ala All Gulf counties U.S. total Ixtoc Mexico 1979 Exxon Valdez U.S. 1989 Prestige Spain 2002 Average Range

22% 15% 15% 14% 13% 15% 12% 36 24 12 12-28
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$20

$7.2
La.

$3.6
Miss. Ala.

$2.0

$1.4

When visitors returned after other big spills
Number of months after initial spill disruption that visitor spending returned to normal

Source: Oxford Economics study for U.S. Travel Assoication Graphic: Judy Treible

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