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Louisiana Cajun Bayou Tourism unveils newly remodeled visitor center

Louisiana Cajun Bayou Tourism unveils newly remodeled visitor center

Louisiana Cajun Bayou Tourism officially unveiled the newly remodeled visitor center for Lafourche Parish Friday with legislative and tourism partners, and the community present.

The remodel process began nearly two years ago and was developed to showcase the culture of Lafourche Parish and to create a sense of place for visitors.

“The visitor center’s role is to serve as an inspiration to encourage visitors to go out and explore all the wonderful experiences found up and down the Bayou in Lafourche Parish,” said president and CEO, Thomas Bush.

“We strived to design a space that speaks to story and spirit of our area to those who seek authentic Cajun culture,” he continued.

The visitor center remodel was made possible by Duplantis Design Group and Onshore Construction Company, with exhibit planning and design by Cote Blanche Productions. The center features interactive displays detailing the local culture, food, outdoors, and event.

Guests can become immersed in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou through videos, photos, and virtual reality stations.

The tourism industry is an important part of Lafourche Parish’s economy. In 2017, tourism related spending exceeded $71 million, while generating over $2.5 million in local taxes and supporting 1,010 jobs.

The addition of the new visitor center will serve as a gateway to the community while driving more visitation to area hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

“The visitor center is truly something for Lafourche Parish to be proud of,” said Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Board Chair Marguerite Knight Erwin. ”We are excited to be able to share with the community and visitors and look forward to the important role it will play in promoting our unique destination.”