Published: Jul 27, 2010 11:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2010 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Travel Association would like BP to set aside money to draw tourists back to the gulf coast.

Head of the association, Robert Dow, wants BP to put up $500 million for a marketing campaign designed to draw tourists back to the beaches.

After a recent study, Dow said the spill could cost $22.7 billion in lost tourism.

Dow made this proposition to Congress saying the money could come from the $20 billion BP has set aside for economic damages.