The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is reaching out to the Gulf Coast in an effort to provide some support in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

A recent Washington Post article noted how challenging fundraising has been in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. According to the article, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that $4 million has been raised so far to assist with efforts in the Gulf compared to more than $6 billion that went to the region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

As a strong outdoor and conservation-minded community, Asheville's tourism community is deeply concerned about fellow tourism destinations along the Gulf Coast. Many of the partners here have direct relationships with fellow tourism destinations in the Gulf region and want to help.

How Can You Help?

Thanks to the generosity of private tourism partners, every visit to will earn a pledge of 10 cents per visit-up to $10,000-between now and July 2. Funds will be given to the National Audubon Society to assist in the short-term and long-term challenges of restoring the Gulf Coast ecosystem.

Media Contact: Dodie Stephens, Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 828.257.4959,, @AshevilleTravel