Columnist Richard Earls says the BP oil disaster will have much more far-reaching effects on the travel and tourism industries than most realize. "The short and long term economic effects, the loss of both recreational and commercial activity and opportunity is nearly unfathomable," Earls writes. He encourages participants in the travel industry to "demand a seat at the table of decisions that impact our existence." Leadership is needed, he argues, as he nominates the major cruise lines to step up.

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