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Tourists return to Gulf states after spill

US states affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year have seen tourists return to the Gulf coast after
BP pumped $179m (£115m) into the tourism industry.

Visitor numbers for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida dropped in the wake of the disaster that caused 205.8m gallons to spill some 18 months ago.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said even tourism in the state’s famous Panhandle was affected despite the minimal impact on its beaches.

“Around the state, people think that BP could be doing more to help market the entire state but what I said to them is, ‘look, you need to help the whole state but you need to make sure the Panhandle gets back on its trajectory’,” he said.

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