Louisiana Welcomes Record 51.3 Million Visitors in 2018

Louisiana Welcomes Record 51.3 Million Visitors in 2018

Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced record tourism numbers for 2018.

The state welcomed 51.3 million visitors in 2018, representing an increase of nine percent over the 47.1 million visitors reported by DK Shifflet in April 2017. Visitors spent $18.8 billion, an increase of seven percent over 2017. The travel and tourism industry generated $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2018. Tax revenue generated through travel and tourism spending saves each household in Louisiana $1,082 a year in taxes that would be needed to maintain current services.

“We’ve seen a continued growth over the past three years of hotel accommodations, attractions, and tourism jobs all across the Louisiana. This growth has enabled us to continue successfully increasing our visitation numbers to reach 51.3 million,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “By promoting Louisiana as a place where you can Feed Your Soul, we can attract more visitors, which means more tax revenue we can generate. Through continuing to prioritize efforts to promote Louisiana and with the ongoing support of our partners across the state, we can continue this success.”

“Teamwork and dedication are critical to celebrating growth in visitation over seven consecutive years,” said Doug Bourgeois, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. “Lieutenant Governor Nungesser’s leadership and the hard work of our statewide tourism partners make it possible to successfully promote Louisiana domestically and internationally, and continue to increase tourism numbers.”

Investing in tourism to promote and market Louisiana leads to thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the state. At the end of 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows 237,200 jobs were the result of visitor spending in Louisiana, an increase of 2,600 new tourism-related jobs over 2017. A total of 6,700 new tourism-related jobs have been added in Louisiana since 2016.

Lt. Governor Nungesser unveiled a new branding for the state in January 2018 – Louisiana: Feed Your Soul – to convey to the world that no other state can offer the incredible bounty of food, music, history, and culture that Louisiana can.

In January 2019, Louisiana received a Gold Adrian Award for advertising excellence for the Feed Your Soul campaign. The state was one of only 18 winners worldwide and three in the United States.

“As we continue to grow our visitation to Louisiana, we want to also encourage Louisianians to plan their staycation so they can experience some of the amazing attractions, activities, and hotels that their state has to offer,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “By sharing these experiences, they will also be ambassadors for the state and a part of our success.”
Source: LouisianaTravel.com

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