MDA has it, but coast tourism leaders want BP's $15 million - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

MDA has it, but coast tourism leaders want BP's $15 million

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Mississippi received $15 million from BP to launch a new advertising campaign. Local leaders tell WLOX News want the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau to control that money, because they say that agency understands how to market south Mississippi's tourism industry.

However, tourism leaders have been told the Mississippi Development Authority is now in control of the money. And the MDA is about to shoot a commercial with some of the BP money.

Tourism executives here on the coast say that's a waste of money. They shot a new commercial last weekend, to remind people that despite the oil spill, south Mississippi is open, and tourists should continue to visit the area.

Biloxi has crafted a tourism resolution that will be introduced to the city council on Tuesday. It says the people down here are best equipped to tell the nation that South Mississippi is open. And it requests that "Gov. Haley Barbour allow the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau to oversee the $15 million for advertising to refute the negative images created by the BP oil spill and continuing leak."

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