Costa Concordia wreck draws new wave of ‘disaster tourists’

USA TODAY
This week’s news that the capsized Costa Concordia won’t be moved from its watery grave off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned comes amid a boom in day-trippers eager to get a glimpse of the doomed cruise liner. The ship ran aground near Giglio Island last Jan. 13 with 4,000 people aboard; 32 were killed. Locals say hotel bookings and vacation rentals are down on Giglio, in part because of Italy’s economic crisis. But the picturesque island – so off-the-beaten-track that most guidebooks mention it in passing, if at all – is drawing a new breed of visitor.
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