City and state tourism offices and convention bureaus in the Gulf Coast region are taking proactive steps as the oil slick moves toward the coastline. The universal message is to encourage travelers and companies to keep their travel plans. "New Orleans is 100 miles inland and foresees no disruption in guest service or any negative impacts on visitors," the website of Louisiana's Office of Tourism notes. "We are trying to prevent cancellations and to reassure visitors to come," said a representative of a multistate consortium of destinations. "Their visits will help ensure that the local tourism economy, which is a cornerstone to our growth, remains vibrant."

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