As a travel agent, I was interested in seeing how the gulf coast is trying to make a comeback after the gulf oil spill last April and hurricane Katrina. So far, it looks like the beaches are really coming back and businesses are ready for visitors.
Driving through Bay St. Louis, I noticed much beach reconstruction. The town itself, looks amazing with quaint shops and restaurants, though there are still signs of reconstruction around the town.
The beaches along Gulfport and Biloxi look nice and ready for beach activities. However in April, I have not seen many people on the beach. There are many signs of homes completely gone or still being repaired from hurricanes, but the area is clean and well kept. Business owners advised me they have seen a steady increase in business growth recently.
Dauphine Island is a gorgeous and quaint beach and island community, just waiting for their visitors to come back. The white sand beaches are wide and offer a great beach vacation.
Many people around the coastal area claim that the media hurt their business with too much coverage, making it look like the entire coast was devastated, when some areas received minimal damage. Overall, in light of the damages incurred to these beach communities along the gulf, most of the areas seem to be ready for vacationers to fill their guest rooms and enjoy their beaches along the gulf.
Have you, as travel agents, experienced an increase of vacationers asking about the gulf area?