Understanding the effects of a tourism crisis: the impact of the BP oil spill on regional lodging demand

Ritchie, Brent W., Crotts, John C., Zehrer, Anita and Volsky, George T. (2014) Understanding the effects of a tourism crisis: the impact of the BP oil spill on regional lodging demand. Journal of Travel Research, 53 1: 12-25. doi:10.1177/0047287513482775


Author Ritchie, Brent W.
Crotts, John C.
Zehrer, Anita
Volsky, George T.
Title Understanding the effects of a tourism crisis: the impact of the BP oil spill on regional lodging demand
Journal name Journal of Travel Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2875
1552-6763
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0047287513482775
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 25
Total pages 14
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Tourism as one of the most economically important industries is also one of the most vulnerable to crises and disasters. This study is focused on measuring the short-term impact of a recent incidence, the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, using a systems perspective. Drawing from two datasets measuring the performance of the hotel and vacation rental industries, a major part of the accommodation industry, this study reveals the complex changes that occurred across a region that experienced this man-made disaster. The data clearly shows the complexity of the impact, generating both winners and losers on an industry and geographic basis. In addition, the results underscore the difficulties in determining damages at the macro level that in this case has resulted to date in US$13.5 billion of out of court settlements paid by BP to settle business owner claims. Practical implications and future research avenues are highlighted including the availability of secondary data sources.
Keyword Crisis management
Displacement
Gulf oil spill
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 1 April 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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