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June 18th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

New Orleans spends $5 million of BP cash on tourism ads

(CNN) – Even with the oil coming ashore in waves, New Orleans wants you to know it is open for business. The city is fighting back with $5 million – money it got from BP. Our Chris Lawrence has the story. Watch Video

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Josh Rippel

    You know you really want to feel sorry about all the men and women affected by the gulf coast disaster, and we do, but the situation can be applied to the rest of the country as in all of the American citizens throughout the united states have been shafted out and been "screwed" by big business, it's nothing new. The way I see it The Gulf Coast is in the same boat as the whole midwest, and the majority of the US because we don't have any of those markets to help us with our unemployment situation, in fact now they have the same opportunities as the rest of the struggling nation., absolutely none, and they should feel fortunate that they had such a flourishing market, as the rest of us do not have those same privileges. Many people from our country have not had generations of our families in a market, we have to find our own ways, in fact the only thing that I could have done in my life is become a part of our rivaled Army and all they did was haze me, so no I don't feel sorry for them and I feel like maybe the news should have concentrated on the rest of the country because even though the situation in the coast is hurting people there others out there not born with an inherent profession. To me it's all politics because if every man in the nation adversely affected by big business got a settlement we would all be getting a 20 Bill $ foot bill we'd all be richer, and the fact that our leaders that we trusted in stood back for the first 2 weeks, it just shows that the only reason they got involved in the situation is because they felt their political careers were at stake.


    US army Vet

    June 21, 2010 at 5:51 am |
  2. Nastia Danyou

    Oh, and look at this headline from CNN right here!

    "Even with the oil coming ashore in waves, New Orleans wants you to know it is open for business. "

    Oil is not coming ashore in waves in New Orleans. You guys are wrecking our tourism single handedly.

    I'm actively seeking legal council against CNN for the continual slander and misrepresentation of the condition of the city.

    June 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  3. Nastia Danyou

    Ya, and this ad campaign stinks.

    Where does it inform people that New Orleans is 100 miles from the coast and the oil spill?

    I polled friends and family from around the country, and they ALL believe that there's oil near the city. CNN ran a headline during an Ali Velshi report: "Five years after Katrina, residents watch as oil pours into New Orleans."

    This ad campaign does nothing to dispel this conception. The city needs to hire a real ad agency, these mom and pop local shops just don't cut it.

    The city should take advantage of the outpouring of support from people all over the country, and implore them to make new orleans their vacation destination this year.

    Stupid ads about how good the food is are useless. sorry. Another big waist of money.

    June 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  4. ronvan

    And why not? BP spent millions on adds about how great they are so why not let them pay for this?

    June 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  5. Joan Fox

    I hope the BP executives don't ever expect to be served in a restaurant in New Orleans.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm |