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LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM HEADS TO 2019 TRAVEL SOUTH DOMESTIC SHOWCASE IN SOUTH CAROLINA
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism is heading to the 37th Annual Travel South Domestic Showcase in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on February 24-27. Travel South Domestic ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES BAYOU CULTURE COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP SERIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced a series of workshops in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes through the Bayou Culture Collaborative, an initiative ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES SEARCH FOR CHEFS FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF IN LAFAYETTE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board have begun the search for chefs to participate in the 12th Annual Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR TWO TOURISM GRANT PROGRAMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) announced the application period is now open for two tourism grant programs for FY20. The programs include the Competitive ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2019 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Bill Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are proud to announce nine 2019 Champions of Service. These Champions of Service were selected from ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM MARKETING AND SALES HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SHOW
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism is heading to California this week to meet with some of the top global tourism marketers at the 2019 North American Journeys' Receptive ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT FUNDS FOR LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation is receiving $1,013,757 in ...Read More...

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH BATON ROUGE AREA PROGRAMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (AHNA) will sponsor two programs in the Baton Rouge area in celebration of Black ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM TO HOST CELEBRATION OF LOUISIANA'S GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony Sunday, February 10, in Los Angeles, the Louisiana Office of Tourism kicks off GRAMMY Week on Thursday, February ...Read More...

EXPLORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MUHAMMAD ALI THROUGH POETRY WITH JOHN WARNER SMITH
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana will celebrate Black History Month during the annual Black History Month program on Wednesday, ...Read More...

BEACH RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY AT LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – With today, January 29, recognized by the travel industry as "National Plan for Vacation Day," Louisiana State Parks is planning for a busy summer season, ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO START PLANNING THEIR LOUISIANA VACATION OR STAYCATION NOW AS PART OF A NATIONWIDE EFFORT
BATON ROUGE, La. – Do you know where you are going for vacation this year? As part of National Plan for Vacation Day, tomorrow January 29, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is encouraging everyone to ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM KICKS OFF MARKETING SEASON IN LOUISVILLE WITH AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Every January, the American Bus Association welcomes the motorcoach travel and tourism community to the first conference of the year. This year's ABA Marketplace ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM UNVEILS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum will unveil a new special exhibition at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER RECOGNIZES FORMER GOVERNOR BLANCO WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR HER DEDICATION TO THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Travel Association today recognized three key political figures – former Governor Kathleen Babineaux ...Read More...

LIEUTENTANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER KICKED OFF MLK DAY OF SERVICE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser welcomed volunteers and AmeriCorps members from throughout Louisiana and the country for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES OPEN APPLICATIONS FOR NEW MAIN STREET COMMUNITIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM WINS WORLD'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS TRAVEL MARKETING AWARD FOR LOUISIANA: FEED YOUR SOUL CAMPAIGN
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announces The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will honor the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES CARRYING ON THE DREAM EXHIBIT AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announces the opening of the Carrying on the Dream exhibit at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. This special exhibit will ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES NEW EXHIBIT CALLED "MAPPING THE CRESCENT" AT THE CABILDO
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum announce the new ...Read More...

A GUMBO FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: NEW WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST GUMBO COOKED SET AT WALK-ON'S INDEPENDENCE BOWL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, with the help of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, are proud to announce the new Guinness World Record ...Read More...

NATCHITOCHES MAIN STREET FEATURED AS ONE OF THE NATION'S MAIN STREET SUCCESS STORIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Natchitoches Main Street has been selected as one of five Main Street communities to be featured in the National Main Street Center's success stories for fostering ...Read More...

BIG WEEKEND OF HONORS FOR BUDDY GUY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Buddy Guy, iconic blues musician and Louisiana native was nominated today for a Grammy on his latest album titled "The Blues is Alive and Well." This marks a very ...Read More...

LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI HONOR BLUES MUSICIAN BUDDY GUY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Blues legend Buddy Guy has made his mark in American Roots music for over six decades to millions of fans around the world. According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TO HOST THE UNVEILING OF A NEW SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will be the spokesperson for a new social media platform called First Responders Emergency Media Outlet (FREMO) where First ...Read More...

UNITED STATES POET LAUREATE TRACY K. SMITH TO VISIT LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is pleased to announce that United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will visit Louisiana December 14-15 as the fourth ...Read More...

NLGA CHAIR-ELECT LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER LAYS WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today joined Montana Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER LEADS DISCUSSION ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WITH NATIONAL GROUP OF LEADERS
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser addressed 34 lieutenant governors from across the United States at the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Business ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TRAVELS TO VIRGINIA AS CHAIR-ELECT OF THE NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE, La. –Lieutenant Governor and Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Billy Nungesser, will travel to Alexandria, Virginia, this week to participate ...Read More...

STATE AS A MODEL EMPLOYER PROGRAM SEES SUCCESS WITH EMPLOYEES HIRED IN LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Through the Louisiana Workforce Commission's State as a Mode Employer (SAME) program, the Louisiana Office of State Parks hired nine people with disabilities as ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND CODOFIL ANNOUNCE 2019 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FRENCH
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) are pleased to announce the opening of the application ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 LITERARY FESTIVALS IN THE COUNTRY AS IT CELEBRATES ITS 15TH YEAR
BATON ROUGE, La. – On the heels of another successful year, VacationIdea.com has named the Louisiana Book Festival one of the ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM AWARDS 2018-2019 RESTORATION GRANTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation announced $100,000 in grant funding awarded ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT UNVEILS BANNERS TELLING THE STORIED HISTORY OF NEW ORLEANS' STORYVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD
BATON ROUGE, La. – Officials from the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, City of New Orleans, Housing Authority of New Orleans, and local elected leaders unveiled a series ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana announces the annual Letters About Literature contest, a Library of Congress national reading ...Read More...

CHINESE TOUR OPERATORS ENJOY LOUISIANA AFTER LT. GOVERNOR'S SALES MISSION TO CHINA
BATON ROUGE, La. – After the Lt. Governor's successful sales mission to China in September, Brand USA – the national U.S. tourism promotion agency – sent a team of Chinese ...Read More...

FEED YOUR SOUL – AND YOUR APPETITE! – AT THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival will feature chefs, cookbook authors, foodways as well as music historians and scholars, musicians, and more on Saturday, ...Read More...

THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL WELCOMES YOUNG READERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Book Festival is thrilled to announce an exciting line-up of activities and programs for young people from toddlers to teens as it celebrates 15 ...Read More...

THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Mark your calendars: the 15th annual Louisiana Book Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly, annual festival ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER JOINS STATE OFFICIALS ON VISIT TO FLORIDA DURING HURRICANE MICHAEL RECOVERY OPERATIONS
BATON ROUGE, La.—Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Assistant Executive Director of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and retired West Carroll ...Read More...

LOUISIANA'S MOST ENDANGERED PLACES CAPTURED VISUALLY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation are encouraging the public and tourists ...Read More...

15TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2018 Louisiana Book Festival is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration for an insider's experience of the festival. Hundreds of volunteers ...Read More...

DISCOVER LOUISIANA'S PAST DURING ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH

October Designated as a Time to Embrace and Learn More about Louisiana's Historic Sites and Culture

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AS ATCHAFALAYA MONTH
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser welcomes in October with the annual decree declaring it Atchafalaya Month. So come on and visit "America's Foreign Country" where ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER UNVEILS LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE MONTH EVENTS
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2018 the fourth annual Louisiana Folklife Month, recognizing Louisiana's rich living traditions and the people ...Read More...

RENOWNED AUTHORS TO TEACH WORDSHOPS FOR ASPIRING LOUISIANA WRITERS
BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Book Festival is excited to announce the instructors for the 2018 WordShops – half-day writing workshops on a variety of craft and book marketing ...Read More...

POET, ESSAYIST SHERYL ST. GERMAIN TO RECEIVE 19TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce Louisiana native Sheryl St. Germain has been selected as the recipient of ...Read More...

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR NAVY VETERAN COLLECTION GOES ON EXHIBIT AT PORT HUDSON STATE HISTORIC SITE
For the first time ever, the Port Hudson State Historic Site is showcasing the Josiah P. Hammond Civil War collection. Since Civil War U.S. Navy artifacts are very rare, this exhibit makes a valuable addition ...Read More...

HAMMOND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT AMONG TOP 10 GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET AWARD CONTENDERS
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Hammond Downtown Development District has been named a 2019 Great American Main Street Award semifinalist by the National Main Street Center. Louisiana Main Street ...Read More...

NEW EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS HIGHLIGHT LOUISIANA'S CULTURAL PROGRAMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser rolled out eight new educational videos today at the Louisiana Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. The debut kicked off a public awareness ...Read More...

THE CABILDO HOSTS A 'LOVE'-LY EXHIBITION CELEBRATING NEW ORLEANS TRICENTENNIAL, OPENING AUG. 31
As part of New Orleans' tricentennial activities, the Cabildo is opening a brand new exhibit, We Love You, New Orleans, on Friday, Aug. 31. Celebrating the people, places and things that make ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RECORD-BREAKING TOURISM NUMBERS IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced 2017 as the sixth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism numbers in Louisiana. The state welcomed a record 47.1 million visitors ...Read More...