Louisiana Office of Tourism Research Section
What does tourism do for Louisiana?
- 26.3 Million - people visited Louisiana in 2012.
- 10.7 Billion - dollars spent by domestic and international visitors in Louisiana in 2012.
- 1.2 Million - visitors greeted at Louisiana Welcome Centers in 2012.
- Top 3 - leisure travel activites for Louisiana domestic travelers are:
- Visiting friends and relatives
- Fine dining
- Nickname: "Pelican State"
- State Motto: "Union, Justice and Confidence"
- Population: 4,410,796 (2009 U.S. Census estimate)
- State Capitol:
- Located on 27 acres in Baton Rouge and was completed on
March 1, 1932
- The Louisiana State Capitol building is 450 feet in height - the tallest state capitol building in the U.S.
- State Bird: Brown Pelican
- State Flower: Magnolia
- Louisiana's lowest elevation is in New Orleans, at 8 feet below sea level.
- New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz music. Southwest Louisiana's "Cajun Prairie" is the indigenous home to Cajun and zydeco music.
- Cuisine that is indigenous to Louisiana includes crawfish (a tiny, freshwater shellfish resembling a miniature lobster); gumbo (a hearty soup thickened with skillet-browned oil and flour, or a "roux"); and jambalaya (a rice and meat dish similar to a Spanish paella).
- Louisiana is one of the largest fur producers in the U.S. Species harvested annually include beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, red fox and river otter.
- Avery Island's salt mine was discovered in 1862, making it the oldest in the Western Hemisphere