Landrieu hits national airwaves to make pitch for BP marketing funds

July 19 2010 | Latest News
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is continuing his pitch for millions from BP to promote tourism.

Posted on July 18, 2010

The mayor appeared Sunday morning on CNN, talking about tourism and saying local and state leaders will continue to push the head of the compensation fund, Kenneth Feinberg, to make sure Louisiana business owners are made whole as quickly as possible.

"We are going to continue to work with him and make sure that we put as much pressure as we can on him and everybody else to make sure that folks down here get compensated and our businesses get stood back up,” Landrieu said. “Getting money to folks early is much better than waiting late or because we are talking about an economic downturn that if it continues, can get much worse, which is why we ask for the marketing money. We know because we are a fairly large tourism economy that if you spend money on the front end, you actually mitigate the damages on the back end.

“Now BP really understands this because if you pick up any paper in America today, there are full page ads with BP talking about the work that they are doing down here. So I know they know that marketing works.”

According to the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, New Orleans has not seen any wide-spread cancellations by conventions or meetings since the oil spill began. However, they are concerned about its impact on leisure travelers – something that's much more difficult to quantify.

They're already marketing the city from one BP grant, but Landrieu is pushing for more funding from BP to continue to sell the city as a destination in communities across the country.