President Barack Obama Monday implored Americans to visit southern tourist beaches and munched on local seafood, seeking to boost two key industries threatened by the BP oil disaster.
"There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. There are a lot of beaches that have not been affected and will not be affected," Obama said, at the start of a two-day trip to the region.
"We just want to make sure that people who have travel plans down to the Gulf area remain mindful of that.
"If people want to know what can they do to help folks down here, one of the best ways to help is to come down here and enjoy the outstanding hospitality."
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