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Is BP paying for Alabama tourism ads that run here?

Caitlin Dineen

Q. I see ads all of the time for Alabama tourist sites such as hotels, beaches, golfing, etc. I’ve always wondered why they are spending so much in our market where we offer all of that and more. Are these ads being subsidized by BP as a result of that huge oil spill years ago? I don’t remember seeing any before that event. If so, how much longer do our local attractions have to battle this unfair competition?

A. According to Alabama tourism officials, the recent surge in advertising for their state on North Carolina televisions is not connected to the BP oil spill years ago.

Tourism officials said the television marketing promoting Alabama is free publicity funded by Raycom Media.

That media company is headquartered in Montgomery, Ala. It is the parent company of local television station WECT, according to its website.


How much money do N.C. associations generate on meetings and room nights?

Are there still free admission days offered at local attractions?

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Jeff Cook

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