This report is in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) received from the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, dated May 17, 2004.
The overall objective of this study is to provide detailed analyses of the impact of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism's (CRT) major divisions on Louisiana's economy and quality of life for it's citizens. The study provides: detailed economic impact statements, return on investment and return on objectives for each majordivision of the Department. To that end, assesment and analysis of curently existing data was conducted, as well as development of methods to collect data that was deemed lacking in each of the divisions, including mail, telephone and internet surveys. In addition, a Travel and Tourism Satellite Account for Louisiana was developed. The end result is a quantitative and/or qualitative assesment of the impact of each of the Department's divisions and a determination of the overall economic impact of tourism to Louisiana.
The University of New Orleans acted as the lead research institution for a team of researchers it assembled (The Louisiana Research Team) who worked in a collaborative effort to complete this project. The Louisiana Research Team members are as follows:
University of New Orleans, Hospitality Research Center
Janet Speyrer, Ph.D.
John A. Williams, Ph.D.
Harsha Chacko, Ph.D.
Bridget Bordelon, Ph.D.
Mariane Hawkins Marcell
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge
Dek Terrell, Ph.D.
Robert Newman, Ph.D.
Steve Procopio, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University Shreveport
McNeese State University
Darryl Burckel, Ph.D.
The final document as edited by Karen Brakel of the University of New Orleans.