Tourism and economy in Louisiana


UPGRADES. (MICHELLI) PLUS — EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS FOR CORRECTIONS. FIVE MILLION FOR CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES. ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO HANDLE HIGHER CASELOADS– AND 37-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COVER THE FIRE MARSHALS OVERTIME FOR INVESTIGATING THE THREE CHURCH BURNINGS IN SAINT LANDRY PARISH. ###### (GORDON) TOURISM BOOSTING LOUISIANA’S ECONOMY–EVEN HERE IN OUACHITA PARISH. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER ANNOUNCING THAT TOURISM NUMBERS BROKE RECORDS IN 20-18 AS TOURISM WEEK KICKS OFF. (MICHELLI) NBC 10’S ANNA MCALLISTER HAS MORE. ANNA? (ANNA) MICHELLI, GORDON, NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK HAS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER TRAVELING LOUISIANA AGAIN. AT TODAY’S STOP IN MONROE–HE TOLD US THAT LOUISIANA ATTRACTED MORE THAN 51 MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR, AND THEY SPENT MORE THAN 18 POINT 8 BILLION DOLLARS . THAT TRANSLATES TO ABOUT 1-POINT-9 BILLION DOLLARS IN STATE AND LOCAL TAXES FOR OUACHITA PARISH. OR ALMOST 11-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN TAX BENEFITS PER HOUSEHOLD. STATEWIDE–NUNGESSOR SAYS THAT TOURIST SPEND SUPPORTS MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND JOBS., LAST YEAR IS THE FIRST THAT LOUISIANA PROMOTED MARDI-GRAS CELEBRATIONS STATEWIDE–NOT JUST THOSE IN NEW ORLEANS., (Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser/(R) Louisiana) :43-1:00 “We got incredible feeback. People saying, we didn’t know you could have a good value Mardi Gras, a family friendly Mardi Gras, somewhere else in Louisiana. So we’re adding to that budget this year. To really push out Mardi Gras all over Louisiana.” IN JANUARY, LOUISIANA RECEIVED A GOLD ADRIAN AWARD FOR ADVERTISING FOR LAST YEAR’S LOUISIANA FEED YOUR SOUL CAMPAIGN. (ANNA) THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK IS “TRAVEL MATTERS”, HIGHLIGHTING HOW TRAVELING IMPACTS CULTURE AND ECONOMY. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, ANNA

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