Study Bp Oil Spill Effects On Gulf Tourism Could Cost Billions

08.05.10 | FL News Team

(New Orleans, LA)  --  A new study by the U.S. Travel Association shows the BP oil spill could result in a 23-billion-dollar hit to the Gulf coast tourism industry.  U.S. Convention and Visitors Bureau chairman Stephen Perry says the impact on the region will be staggering.  According to Perry, an estimated 400-thousand jobs are at stake.

Perry, who also chairs the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, said his organization is calling for BP to help establish a 500-million dollar emergency marketing fund to help counteract the negative perceptions people have of the region as a result of the disaster.