Website of the Week: Louisiana Office of Tourism Cuts Through the Oil

Did you know that last month named New Orleans the top destination in the world for nightlife?
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The public relations professional faces his or her real test in a crisis: The boss has an affair or the product causes deaths, for example.

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Even the BP disaster can't stop Jazzfest. BP's public relations effort has been nearly as bad as its attempts to stop its oil disaster. A Twitter account mocking the company has more than 133,000 followers and is about the funniest thing on the Web these dates.

Meanwhile, the people and businesses of the Gulf Coast are suffering not only from the disaster but a giant picture presented to the world that the beaches are blackened and the seafood inedible.

Louisiana Office of Tourism: This is where you earn your big bucks.

"Much of the Louisiana Gulf Coast is unaffected by the oil spill and remains open for commercial and recreational fishing," the Website says. (Really? That's not the impression i get from FOX News, NPR or my local newspaper.)

"All nine Louisiana coastal parishes (counties) continue to offer travelers historic and cultural attractions, world-acclaimed indigenous food and music, and notable restaurants and overnight accommodations," it explains.

Wow, I had no idea, tell more...

Some fisheries are closed. Some events, like the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo has been canceled, along with the isle's public beaches. Instead, there will be an Island Aid Concert July 23-25.

OK, but what if I want to fish in Louisiana waters?

Recreational and commercial fishing activities have reopened in waters off the coast of Iberia, St. Bernard and Vermilion parishes. Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne are open to shrimping.

But I love those delicious crawfish. Will I ever enjoy them again?

"Louisiana crawfish are a freshwater shellfish species and all commercial crawfish ponds and natural habitat are inland and away from threatened areas."

Furthermore, explains the site, few areas affected by oil are near inhabited areas. New Orleans is approximately 100 miles inland from affected areas and foresees no disruption in guest service or any negative impacts on visitors. State and federal agencies are monitoring the possible effects the spill may have on inland areas.

The also site directs visitors to the other information sources: the Coast Guard, Homeland Security, NOAA, the Department of the Interior, BP and Transocean, as well as

And of course, the Website has plenty of other information on Louisiana tourism, including the state's music, culture and cuisine.

Did you know, for example, that last month named New Orleans the top destination in the world for nightlife, Number 3 in the United States (and Number 4 in the World) for "Top Food and Wine Destinations"?

So, for making the best of a tragic situation and giving a clear picture of what's NOT affected by the disaster, is the Government Video Website of the Week!

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