CATEGORIZED | News

Fla. Hotel exec: Come on down! No oil in Tampa!

Posted on 05 August 2010

Don’t like media coverage of the oil spill (present company excepted, of course)? The Florida hotel industry stands shoulder to shoulder with you.

“The media gives the impression that Florida is covered in oil,” complained Keith Overton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for TradeWinds Island Resources, addressing the 12 July inaugural session of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Mr Overton said that, in fact, there is “no oil in Tampa Bay. Pensacola has had some oil, but there is little elsewhere.” He currently chairs the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

Nevertheless, he said, Pinellas County alone stands to lose $70 million in tourist revenue. The statewide implications, at least along the Gulf Coast, are enormous. Tourists spend some $60 billion annually on Florida travel, he said, which results in $4 billion in tax revenue. Florida tourism employs about a million people.

But, he said, thanks to faulty media reports, tourists are staying away in droves. Call volume, he said, is down 25%.

He urged the panel to “hold the media accountable”, but this mandate is likely far beyond the powers even of this Presidentially endowed commission.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 17 December 2014

    Saudi Aramco: Four factors for a sustainable drilling business

    Despite the modest growth in demand and drop in oil prices today, the long-term outlook for industry is healthy. “Our industry will need to add around 40 million bbl per day for new capacity...

  • 16 December 2014

    Ensco development program produces driller in 3 years

    Ensco’s Accelerated Development Program (ADP) takes a “green” individual and, within a three-year period, trains them to become a driller. In response to personnel shortages in various areas, including drilling...

  • 16 December 2014

    Saudi Aramco: ‘Industry cannot afford to lose talent when the economy is down’

    Industry is facing a human resources challenge in two areas: the ageing workforce and the shortage of skills, Mohammed Al Sellemi...

  • 16 December 2014

    Nanotechnology has potential to improve tool performance in extreme environments

    In terms of temperature stability and corrosion, tools have limitations, especially in extremely challenging drilling environments. Jothibasu Ramasamy...

  • 16 December 2014

    Colville: WCI provides forum to evaluate practical, economical advances in well control practices

    Major players throughout industry are joining forces under the Well Control Institute (WCI). The mandate of WCI is “to provide the definitive forum...

  • Read more news