Gulf Coast receives tourism spike

Gulf Coast receives tourism spike

POSTED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 9:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 9:34pm

Tourism has returned to the Gulf Coast.

Many cities and beaches on the Gulf Coast suffered a huge loss of tourism after the BP oil spill in 2010.

Recently, New Orleans reported that 2011 was its best year ever for tourism. The city partly credits emergency advertising funded by BP.

Also soaring is tourism to beaches on Florida's panhandle. Officials there say hotel room tax revenue is up nearly 60 percent since 2010.

However, some areas are still waiting for tourism to return to pre-oil spill levels.

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