As an international tourist destination, Orlando copes with tragedies’ aftermath

Eva Dickerson’s recent Orlando visit ended on a less-than-magical note.
Read more “As an international tourist destination, Orlando copes with tragedies’ aftermath”

More than ever, the Gulf needs tourists to swim against the tide

No one wants to be called a tragedy tourist. Not Van Badham, a London-based playwright who spends her vacations visiting such places as Ground Zero in New York and Nazi concentration camps in Germany.

“I travel to learn, and witness, and share,” she said. “If it’s bad, I want to know how bad it is.”

Any surprise, then, that the coast of Louisiana — site of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history — is on her “to-do” list? “I will definitely make a point of getting over there when I’m in the U.S. next,” she told me.

As tens of thousands of travelers cancel their beach vacations in the wake of the massive oil spill, a small number of tourists will swim against the tide. Too bad it’s just a small number. If ever there were a time to visit the Gulf Coast, it is now.
Read more “More than ever, the Gulf needs tourists to swim against the tide”