Monday, January 02, 2012

Gulf Coast Seafood Tourism Bash! Free Seafood Samples.

The Gulf Coast Seafood Tourism Bash is a two-week celebration of seafood, culture and tourism. The event is sponsored by BP and will offer free seafood samples to tourists on Jan. 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9. The dates coincide with the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Allstate BCS National Championship and the Saints playoff game.

"It's one way that we're showing that the beaches are open," said BP spokesman Curtis Thomas. "This is a great destination to come and party and have a great time, and the seafood is plentiful fresh and safe, and you want to eat it because it's good."

Thomas also said BP has spent $82 million for seafood marketing and testing, $179 million to promote tourism and $7 billion in claims related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Following the oil spill, gulf seafood experienced a decline in demand. Offering free seafood, and allowing tourists to taste the seafood free of charge is the latest effort to remediate the problem.

"There's that scientific evidence that we're counting on that says that the waters are safe," said BP spokesman Curtis Thomas. "The seafood is safe. The beaches are open and that we are living up to our commitments."

The locations of the free seafood samples are updated periodically on the Gulf Coast Seafood website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Gulf Coast Seafood Website:

Twitter: #gonegulfing

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