BP funding for Louisiana tourism is running out, group says more is needed
POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 9:08am
LOUISIANA (NBC33) — Time is running out for area tourism agencies to use the $15 million of funding handed over by BP after the Gulf oil spill.
At the end of June, groups like the Louisiana Toursim Coastal Coalition will have to find new ways to fund efforts to restore tourism to areas destroyed by the BP spill. The group represents the ten parishes along the almost 400 miles of Louisiana coastline.
The groups chairmen violet peters says close to 20-thousand jobs in that area are tourism based.
Violet Peter says it cost big money to draw people to the coastline and if BP doesn't renew funding many Louisiana tourist attractions will close.
"We ran an almost $5 million TV campaign out of this $5 million in addition to print and travel shows. It's going to take continual marketing and that continual promotion of the fact we are open for business, if you will."
Peters’ says tourism along the Louisiana Gulf Coast brings in $2 billion of the state's annual tourism economy.