BP gives Florida $25 millon for tourism promotion

BP today announced grants to each of the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to help with tourism promotion around the the Gulf of Mexico over the coming months.

The company said the grants are part of its ongoing commitment to help mitigate the economic impact of the oil spill.

BP is providing $25 million to Florida and $15 million each to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

“We understand the governors’ concerns for the impact on the tourism industry, and are making funds available so that they can support the industry’s efforts to provide accurate information about the state of the beaches across the region," said Tony Hayward, BP’s group chief executive.

These grants are in addition to the $25 million grants BP announced May 5 to help each of the four states accelerate the implementation of area contingency plans. The grants announced today are for the governors to distribute as they see fit to promote tourism.

The grants BP has made to the four states do not affect BP's response to the Deepwater Horizon incident or existing claims process, but are supplemental to them, according to the company.