*Taken from CNN. Video at the link.
Workers involved in the tourism industry along the U.S. Gulf Coast hope this Memorial Day weekend is one of their best in a long time. The threat of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill kept many tourists away from beach communities last year.
Since the oil spill, BP has provided money to states to help promote tourism.
So far, the oil giant says it has given Florida $42 million, Mississippi $18 million, Alabama nearly $30 and Louisiana $25 million in tourism grants.
Here are some comments about Gulf Coast tourism from people who work in the sector: