State leaders say the tourism industry brings in billions of dollars for Louisiana.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says,”It’s an economic engine. It’s a money maker for the state of Louisiana. We should grow the tourism industry and relieve that tax burden off the residents of Louisiana.”
In Ouachita Parish, the Office of Tourism says visitors from 2014 spent more than $15 million dollars, which equals about $267 dollars in tax benefits per household.
Nungesser says his office is working on plans to increase those numbers. For Northeast Louisiana, the goal is to get visitors out of the cities, so they can get a feel for the sportsman’s paradise.
“We want them to come here across North Louisiana and see the beautiful country we have in this state, but more importantly we want them to meet the people,” says Nungesser.
He says budget cuts could hurt the tourism industry, but he hopes legislators can see it could be one of the state’s best investments.
Nungesser says, “We are very optimistic that the legislators will understand the importance of tourism, the 38 to 1 return on investment, the over $800 million dollars in taxes that you and I didnt have to pay.”
To build up funds, Nungesser says his office is working on partnering up with local businesses.
“Allowing private business to come into a state park and operate as a partner, whether its canoe rental or anything we can do to help drive people into the state parks, but also help local businesses increase their bottom line,” he says.
An added bonus, Nungesser says the partnerships could improve the experience for visitors.
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Lt. Governor Nungesser will be speaking at Bayou Landing in Monroe from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will be the featured speaker at the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Awareness Luncheon as part of a Statewide expedition celebrating National Tourism Week.
The purpose of the trip is to promote Louisiana’s tourism industry and its record-setting economic impact on the state.
In 2015, Louisiana attracted 28.9 million visitors, resulting in $11.5 billion in total visitor spending and $843 million in state tax revenue generated.
The revenue generated through domestic and international visitors represents a more than 38-to-1 return on investment of state funding.
According to research provided by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, visitors were responsible a total of $15.44 million in state and local tax receipts for Ouachita Parish in 2014, resulting in total tax benefit of $267.44 per household.
Lt. Governor Nungesser will travel in a mini coach custom-wrapped in Louisiana Travel’s latest tourism marketing campaign.