Louisiana — Record numbers have been reported for the tourism industry in Louisiana.
The high numbers include money spent on hotels, food and retail.
There was over $10 billion in visitor spending, with over 26 million visitors last year alone.
The state made more than $650 million from tax revenue.
Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says despite Hurricane Katrina, the oil spill recovery and the economic downturn, our state’s tourism is flourishing.
"It always starts with a great product to sell,” stated Dardenne, “and Louisiana has a great product and a great story to tell. With the dollars allocated to us, we've made good use of them."
In 2012, one out of every ten Louisiana jobs depended on travel and tourism.