Louisiana  Pick Your Passion! Travel Pulse Office of Tourism Update
July 12, 2016
Travel + Leisure: NOLA a top world city

New Orleans is among Travel + Leisure's 10 best cities worldwide. The Crescent City joined Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, as the only American destinations on the list.

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

  Tennessean profiles Lake Charles
Lake Charles' wealth of festivals and local Cajun cuisine, adventure and culture were among top travel offerings cited in a recent travel profile in The Tennessean. The Nashville daily newspaper's piece included specifics on where to go and what to see, do and attend.

  Gretna gets riverboat berth
French America Line has picked Gretna's ferry landing as the homeport for its 150-passenger riverboat Louisiane. The venture is expected to create many new corporate, onboard and shore-side jobs locally.

  History, adventure lauded by Student Travel Planning Guide
Louisiana's history and outdoor adventures were among top activities recently lauded by Student Travel Planning Guide. The story went via newsletter to over 20,000 subscribers abroad who plan youth travel.

  International journalists visit Alexandria in post-IPW activities
Over a dozen IPW media delegates visited Alexandria recently as part of a field research tour in central and north Louisiana. The writers represented outlets in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, the United States, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Portugal, Ireland, India and Slovakia. In all, six post-IPW media and trade fam tours occurred statewide.

  New Orleans takes fourth in best affordable destinations
New Orleans was recently named fourth in a list of the best affordable American destinations by U.S. News and World Report. The outlet praised the city's mix of culturally rich offerings and budget-friendly eats and overnights.

  USTA: Good growth for domestic travel
A summary of the U.S. Travel Association's recently-released 2015 Domestic Travel Report indicates home front travel remains strong. Domestic leisure and business trips rose 2.4 percent, totaling 2.1 billion person-trips in 2014. Leisure remains the primary purpose of travel (72 percent), and the average total trip spending was $656, it surpasses a 2008 spending decline and shows a slow subsequent recovery. The full report can be purchased from the U.S. Travel Association.

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