On one hand, sure there's the possible consequence of cancelled vacations and less tourism revenue, that people in Florida tourism would lose their jobs. On the other hand, 20% occupancy means great travel deals. If hotels were literally going out of business over the next 90 days on account of being deserted, the panicked price cuts and bundled resort packages were going to be simply decadent. Except that Florida's tourism is not in danger because of the oil spill, so forget it.
What's actually true is that most Panama City resorts are sold out every weekend through the end of May, and that the vast majority of 3 and 2 star hotels aren't even giving discounts. We're not saying that Gov. Crist is trying to win a little free cash for his tourism board by kicking BP while they're down, but we are saying that we've embedded a gallery of Orbitz searches for every weekend this month and that there's a decided lack of not sold out resorts. Bummer. Maybe all those places just got really lucky.
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