BP Oil Spill: Gulf Tourism Bouncing Back One Year Later

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Last April, as Gulf Coast towns were gearing up for the summer vacation season, tourism was dealt a heavy blow when a BP oil rig exploded, spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, one year later, tourists are returning to the region.

"We've got hoteliers right now telling us they have more on the books for May, June and July than they had actually stay there in 2009, the months before the oil spill," Ed Schroeder, director of the Pensacola Bay Area Convention and Visitors Bureau told the Associated Press.

BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, claiming claimed 11 lives. The well was not officially sealed until September 19, 2010.

Watch the video after the recovering industry below:

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