Jul 28, 2010 2:14 PM by Letitia Walker

"Like" Louisiana

Press Release: Marking the 100th day of the ongoing oil spill tragedy, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is calling on online social networking communities to help develop a list of the top 100 reasons to visit Louisiana.

Online supporters are asked to tweet on Twitter, create a Facebook update, post a video on YouTube or upload an image on Flickr with their favorite Louisiana experience and tag them by using #LATOP100.

The information gathered will help combat the misconceptions that have developed during 100 days of oil spill and demonstrate Louisiana's most attractive qualities.

The user-generated contributions will showcase the abundance of opportunities Louisiana offers visitors. From outstanding cuisine and world-renowned music, to beautiful outdoors and unique culture, the list will convey that Louisiana's most attractive experiences are still available despite the oil spill.

Facebook users are asked to post the reasons they enjoy visiting Louisiana on the wall of the Louisiana Travel page. When a reason is posted to the wall, fellow Facebookers are encouraged to use the "like" feature to indicate the posts they particularly enjoy. (

Twitter users are asked to tweet their reasons for visiting Louisiana at LouisianaTravel. If a follower of LouisianaTravel agrees with a reason, they are encouraged to retweet the reason. Users are also encouraged to hashtag their tweets with #LATOP100. (

"After 100 days of battling the misperceptions prevailing across the country, we want to invite the community to join the conversation. We will use our online networks to reach out to the public and find first-hand accounts of what people enjoy about the great state of Louisiana," said Jim Hutchinson the assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism.

The posts and tweets will contribute to a Top 100 reasons to visit Louisiana list that will be posted online at just in time to provide some great ideas for Labor Day weekend.

Tourism is a vital part of Louisiana's economy. Louisiana visitors generate $8.3 billion in annual spending with businesses and employ one in 12 people in Louisiana. The oil spill is a threat to not only the Louisiana ecosystem but also the economy.



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