The increase in the occurrence and devastation of natural and man-made disasters is impacting the local economy in many communities. Communities that rely on seasonal industries such as tourism can find it especially challenging when an entire season is lost due to a disaster. As industries that rely on outside customers, negative images and press on their product can be especially hard to rebuild after a disaster. .Recreating Destinations: Rebuilding the Tourism Industry after Disaster is a guide for economic development practitioners in the recovery of the local tourism industry after a disaster. Because each disaster and its impact are unique, the paper is organized into sections that allow readers to find guidance based on their particular communities’ needs. Throughout the paper are sample announcements and examples of tourism industry recovery strategies that various communities have implemented.
Acknowledgements This research project was accomplished through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)'s Economic Adjustment Assistance Project No. 08-79-04593. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This report is part of a larger compendium of research and technical assistance produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, which focuses on long-term economic recovery of disaster-impacted Gulf Coast communities in southeast Texas and Louisiana. IEDC greatly appreciates input and assistance received from its members and stakeholders who participated in research and interviews for this report, and would like to acknowledge those who contributed greatly to the content of this report.