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Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism up 3rd consecutive year

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism up 3rd consecutive year

Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism announced this week that tourism spending in Lafourche Parish is up for the third consecutive year.

"I am very excited by our latest tourism and economic impact figures," states president and CEO of Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism Timothy P. Bush. "The three years of growth speaks to our ability to promote our destination to visitors who value the experiences our destination has to offer. These numbers support our belief that more and more visitors continue to see Lafourche Parish as a destination worth visiting for our outdoor, food, and cultural experiences."

Research conducted by the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center shows that visitors to Lafourche Parish spent $77 million. For Louisiana and Lafourche Parish, those visitors generated $9.9 million in state and local taxes.

Without tourism, nearly 42,000 Lafourche Parish households would have to contribute an additional $275 per household in taxes for the year. In 2018, tourism spending supported 1,110 jobs in the parish, a nine percent increase over 2017.

"We are pleased by these latest tourism numbers," stated Board of Directors Chair, Jeremy Punch. "These numbers prove that tourism does add value to our community through the revenue it generates and as well as adding quality of life here in Lafourche Parish."

Louisiana 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.