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August 28, 2014
The Lt. Governor's annual tourism summit concludes today, after three packed days of networking, board meetings, socializing, eating, and FUN. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne gave a State of the Industry update yesterday morning, sharing some astounding figures with the largest turnout ever for the Summit.
Last year tourists spent $10.8 billion dollars here — $807 million of that was tax revenue for the state. We saw an 18% increase in international visitors last year, a record number, the highest increase in the country. The Southeast Tourism Society named our Office of Tourism the Office of the year, a first time for us. Congratulations to Kyle Edmiston and his team, and the Lt. Governor's entire office on a great year.
It's Festival Season! We have more festivals than there are days in the year, and September is starting to get busy. We've updated our events list with lots of new listings.; check it out here and plan your upcoming weekends. Email Jim if there's something you know of that isn't listed.
Come visit! National Geographic Traveler is about to name Louisiana the "Weirdest Country in America", and we're proud of that!
Vote early, vote often: USA Today has October's Louisiana Seafood Festival as a candidate for Top Specialty Food Festivals in America. Right now some pumpkin festival in Hampshire is winning, so get clicking, people. You can vote once every 8 hours in each browser you use, and probably each mobile device. Click here, scroll to the bottom and vote. And come to the festival - we're sponsoring the cooking demonstration stage as usual.
Also: Presale for Emeril's wildly popular Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer ends Sunday, August 31st; Lava Cantina in Baton Rouge throws its first every Lavapalooza with music, food, and more that same day.
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Susan Ford, President
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Aug 29, 2014 to Aug 31, 2014
Cypremort Point: Labor Day Fishing Rodeo
New Iberia: SugarFest Classic Brahman Show
Aug 29, 2014 to Sep 1, 2014
Morgan City: Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Aug 29, 2014 to Aug 30, 2014
Natchitoches: Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run
Aug 30, 2014
Goldonna: Drake Salt Works Festival & Trail Ride
Opelousas: Creole Renaissance Festival
Aug 31, 2014
Covington: Labor Day Music Fest
Sep 5, 2014 to Sep 6, 2014
Shreveport: Centenary Book Bazaar
Sep 5, 2014 to Sep 7, 2014
Thibodaux: TaWaSi Antiques and Collectibles Show
Sep 6, 2014 to Sep 7, 2014
Morgan City: Deep South Championship Boat Racing
Sep 8, 2014
Opelousas: Soiree Royale-Acadiana Chef's Competition
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