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  • Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Underway

    August 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    One of the state's oldest festivals is underway in Morgan City. The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival kicked off last night and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. For the first time in years, festival goers only have to worry about overeating and getting a sunburn. The last... more »
  • Tourism office launches site for music vacations

    May 28, 2012 6:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Office of Tourism is launching a website for visitors to sample the state's musical offerings and plan a music-themed vacation. The site is . A news release from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's office says it contains audio and video of indigenous music... more »
  • Dardenne Postpones NYC Trip to Pitch Tourism

    February 1, 2011 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is canceling his planned trip this week to New York to promote the state's tourism efforts. Weather concerns and scheduling conflicts were said to be the blame for scrapping the visit. Instead, a spokeswoman for Dardenne's office says he will do... more »
  • Lt. Gov. Dardenne Goes to NYC to Promote State Tourism

    January 28, 2011 12:26 PM

    Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will travel to New York City next week on a one day trip to promote tourism in Louisiana. Dardenne will be interviewed by television media across the nation on Feb. 2. Dardenne also will meet with various magazine writers in hopes of gaining coverage of... more »
  • Louisiana Tourism Revenue Plummets

    October 1, 2010 7:36 PM

    Louisiana's reputation as a Sportsman's Paradise may be in jeopardy. Lieutenant Governor, Scott Angelle, said "Louisiana is at one half of the national average when it's comes to outdoor recreation the Sportman's Paradise, that came as quite a surprise." Alison Miller, Executive Director of the Vermilion Parish... more »
  • Acadiana Seeks BP Tourism Funds

    September 27, 2010 6:08 PM

    BP gave Louisiana $15 million to help bring in tourists after the oil spill-- but with only one million dollars of the funds left, Acadiana still has not seen a dime. Now seven parishes have formed the Acadiana Tourism Coalition to request much-needed funds. "If we could get... more »
  • Oil Fears Bring Tourism Down

    September 16, 2010 1:50 PM

    Fears of polluted water and oily seafood are spreading, so Louisiana tourism is dwindling. It is the second largest industry in state, so Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle is asking for an additional 75 million dollars from BP to help. State and local agencies are combating the rumors and... more »
  • Free Concert in Gulf Shores to Boost Tourism

    September 1, 2010 5:34 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Gulf Shores officials say Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley will perform concerts in mid-October to boost tourism on the Alabama coast after the Gulf oil spill. Bon Jovi will appear on Oct. 15 and Paisley on Oct. 17. Their concerts are in conjunction with the... more »
  • For Gulf Tourism, Problem is Perception - Not Oil

    August 22, 2010 6:39 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Officials along the Gulf Coast say tourists are staying away from their beaches and other attractions becauigh occupancy ratar the region is coated in oil. Experts say that perception could take years to overcome and cost billions of dollars. The BP oil spill has been plugged... more »
  • Obama looks to boost Gulf tourism with family trip

    August 13, 2010 9:18 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is heeding his own advice to American vacationers, taking his family to the Gulf Coast this weekend to help the sagging tourism industry. The president will arrive Saturday and spend just over 24 hours in the Panama City, Fla., area, a quick jaunt in... more »
  • Fee-Free Weekend At Parks August 14 & 15

    July 28, 2010 12:23 PM

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks. "This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to... more »
  • Gulf Coast Tourism Needs More Advertising Money From BP

    July 26, 2010 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the Gulf Coast tourism business needs more advertising money from BP PLC to bring back visitors staying away because of the oil spill. He told the U.S. Tourism and Travel Advisory Board in New Orleans that a tourism recovery will... more »
  • Increase In Tourism On Alabama Beaches

    July 16, 2010 6:54 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - It didn't even take a full day for Alabama beaches to see an increase in tourism after BP PLC said it capped the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Rental lounge chairs were full outside of hotels and condominiums on the Alabama coast on... more »
  • Jimmy Buffett Show on Gulf Postponed, Hits Tourism

    June 29, 2010 9:54 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Realty companies and hotels on Alabama's oil-stricken coast were hit with another wave of cancellations and lost business Tuesday after the free beachfront Jimmy Buffett concert was postponed because of the threat of Tropical Storm Alex. With coastal tourism business already off by about half... more »
  • Execs Say Tourism in Gulf Needs Marketing Money

    June 29, 2010 8:28 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - States bordering the gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico need as much as $500 million to boost tourism with marketing campaigns aimed at cleaning up their image, tourism executives said Tuesday. The federal government should help Gulf states coordinate with BP to receive money for... more »
  • $15 Million Received From BP Going To Louisiana's Tourism

    June 2, 2010 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle has decided how the state will divvy up $15 million it has received from BP for promotion efforts to combat damage caused to Louisiana's tourism industry by the oil spill. The dollars will be split evenly between campaigns for coastal Louisiana,... more »
  • BP Gives $70 Million for Gulf Coast Tourism Promotion

    May 17, 2010 3:42 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - BP PLC Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward says the company will give $70 million to four Gulf Coast states for tourism promotion. Hayward made the announcement Monday after meeting with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. The funds would help the states counteract unfounded fears that BP's Gulf... more »
  • Oil Threatens Businesses That Rely on Tourism

    May 11, 2010 4:26 PM

    Businesses that rely on tourists to make a living on the Louisiana coast are worried that the oil spill will threaten their livelihoods. It's already imposing costs on Cypremort Point businesses. Charter Captain Devin Legnon is normally headed 70 miles out to catch snapper with tourists, but his "Cypremort Charters"... more »
  • Festival International Brings Business to Lafayette

    April 22, 2010 1:11 PM

    Festival International brings thousands of people and more than $22 million dollars into Acadiana each year. Some local businesses say it pays to be downtown amidst the action. On Jefferson Street, art gallery and salon owner Mark Isaac says he expects this year to be bigger than ever.... more »

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