Posted: Jul 26, 2010 4:20 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the
Gulf Coast tourism business needs more advertising money from BP
PLC to bring back visitors staying away because of the oil spill.
He told the U.S. Tourism and Travel Advisory Board in New
Orleans that a tourism recovery will "take a lot of time, a lot of
work and a lot of money."
Locke said BP should be pressed to provide money for the
campaign. The oil company has given $25 million to Florida and $15
million each to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for tourism
promotion, but that money has run out.
The U.S. Travel Association is pushing for a $500 million
marketing program - paid for by BP.