Louisiana Research | Louisiana Office of Tourism

2019 Louisiana Tourism By The Numbers

  • 53.2 million domestic & international visitors to the state of Louisiana, a 3.8 percent increase in visitation over 2018
  • $18.9 billion total spending by domestic and international visitors
  • $1.92 billion total state and local tax revenues generated by travel and tourism activities in Louisiana, resulting in a 2.1 percent increase year over year
  • 242,200 employed in the leisure & hospitality industry
  • Over 16.3 million total passengers arrived and departed Louisiana airports, which is a 4.3 percent increase over 2018
  • The travel and tourism industry is the 4th highest employer in the state
  • Top 3 - leisure travel activities for Louisiana domestic travelers are:
    1. Visiting friends and relatives
    2. Shopping
    3. Fine dining

Louisiana Facts

  • 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
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