BP to give Parish $500,000 to help promote tourism Read more: VermilionToday.com - Abbeville Meridional, Kaplan Herald, Gueydan Journal | Vermilion Parish, La.

Vermilion Parish received an early Thanksgiving present that it had not expected.

Police Jury President Wayne Touchet received a letter from Lt. Governor Scott Angelle explaining to Touchet that BP has set aside an additional $30 million for tourism recovery efforts in the state.

Vermilion Parish will be allocated $500,000 to put towards endeavors to increase tourism to the area.

Angelle said in his letter that the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism will contact Touchet about the parish receiving the funds.

On Dec. 2 at 10 a.m, Touchet, Alison Miller of the parish’s Tourist Commission and all of the mayors of the parish will meet to talk about the $500,000.

“The letter was a surprise,” Touchet said.

Miller is excited that parish is getting that much money to promote the parish.

“Any kind of money to promote tourism in the parish is a good thing,” said Miller. “We’re excited.”

Miller said the details how the money can be spent is still being ironed out.

In the letter, Angelle informed Touchet that BP is requiring a parish plan for the use of these funds and that BP is given the opportunity to comment on the plans.

Read more: VermilionToday.com - Abbeville Meridional, Kaplan Herald, Gueydan Journal | Vermilion Parish, La.

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