Aftermath: The Deepwater Horizon, Two Years on

By Amelia Hennighausen - 2012-04-27T23:08:42Z

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Tourism Hit Hard

Empty beach chairs rest on the sand as oil washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala., on June 19, 2010. Alabama tourism revenue fell 40 percent in June 2010.

Tourism brings in about $20 billion annually to Gulf state economies. Many beaches, hotels, restaurants and communities suffered, not because any oil washed ashore nearby, but because many travelers from the U.S. and beyond assumed that it did.

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