Sep 27, 2010 6:08 PM by Veronica White

Acadiana Seeks BP Tourism Funds

BP gave Louisiana $15 million to help bring in tourists after the oil spill-- but with only one million dollars of the funds left, Acadiana still has not seen a dime.

Now seven parishes have formed the Acadiana Tourism Coalition to request much-needed funds.

"If we could get almost half of that one million dollars, it would get us started in promoting our part of the state," says Gerald Breaux of the Coalition.

Here is the breakdown of where the money went:
5 million to New Orleans.
5 million to coastal parishes
4 million to general advertising and other costs

Iberia and Vermilion Parishes in particular have noticed a drop in tourism at popular places like Jungle Gardens at Avery Island.

"We lost 16 buses in the last few months that were scheduled to arrive, we're over 3000 down on our figures for visitors," says Donna Neuville from Jungle Gardens.

The Coalition is fighting for funds, especially since the drilling moratorium that followed the oil spill.

"We feel that our part of the state is the most impacted not necessarily by the spill, but by the moratorium-- we experienced a lack of business travelers and a lack of tourism," says Breaux.

The Coalition expects to hear about the funds on September 30th.

The Coalition has been communicating with Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle about his latest 75-million dollar proposal.

They will also ask for part of that money.



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