Louisiana ‘still open’ despite oil spill damage

Louisiana ‘still open’ despite oil spill damage

Louisiana Office of Tourism, along with government agencies and the private sector, has revealed that tourist attractions are mainly unaffected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Portions of Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Terrebonne and Vermilion have been closed to fishing and Grand Isle has closed its public beach. The primary affected area is around the mouth of the Mississippi River in the southeast region of the state. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast maps identify it as an “area of uncertainty”. This year’s Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo has been cancelled but organisers will hold an Island Air Concert from 23-25 July instead. Proceeds will go to the Grand Isle Alive Promotion Fund to aid local tourism and fishing industries. However, fishing activities have reopened off some coastal areas. Inhabited areas such as New Orleans has faced no disruption or impact on visitors and the tourism board said officials were continuously monitoring the fish, crabs and shrimp from the water to ensure it is a safe product. Agents can gain up-to-date information at emergency.louisiana.gov/ or www.louisianatravel.com. Meanwhile, the Telegraph reported that hoteliers in Florida have been urged by the state’s governor Charlie Crist, to seek compensation from BP. Bookings for hotels in the state have been cancelled and some properties in Panhandle have said they expect their earnings for June to be 60% less than usual. The BP-funded Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded back in April and may affect beaches in the Bahamas in the coming weeks.

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