A panel of researchers will meet later this week to talk about how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has impacted the tourism industry of the Grand Strand.
Researchers from Coastal Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will meet in a summit to discuss whether South Carolina has felt the environmental and economic effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf.
The event will be Friday at Coastal’s Wall Auditorium and is open to the public. One professor at the school will present evidence that the tourism boom expected in the area after the Gulf spill simply hasn’t materialized. Taylor Damonte examines hotel occupancy and says that while tourism numbers are up, very few people came to South Carolina instead of the Gulf Coast.
The researchers will also look at the possibility of future oil drilling off the South Carolina coast.