With the war underway, Gulfport travel agent Ray Anne Ryan says she was afraid people would hesitate to travel because of an uncertain economy and possible dangers of traveling abroad. But so far, Ryan says business is good. Ryan says she has noticed that instead of booking for trips months in advance, more people are planning trips for one or two months away.
Ryan says the temporary docking of the Carnival ship Conquest in Gulfport has been great for the cruise business.
"The phone is ringing, people are coming in. We've booked cruises today, brand new people calling up and saying what have you got and can we go now or can we go then and so the business has been very active today. We've not had the cancelations and I feel like, and the stock market's up have you heard that too, so it's been interesting how the public's responding to this," says Ryan.
Harrison County Tourism Director Steve Richer predicts there could be a very short term impact on visitors to the coast as people stay home and watch the war unfold on TV. Richer says tourism and travel representatives across the country tell him they expect more of an impact on international travel since the U.S. State Department is telling Americans they need to be careful in foreign vacation spots.