Louisiana tourism industry recovering quicker than expected

Published 7:22 am Wednesday, May 4, 2022

By American Press Staff

American Press

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser presented his State of Tourism address on Monday, announcing over 41 million visitors came to Louisiana during 2021, signifying a quicker-than-expected recovery following two challenging years of stalled visitation due to the pandemic.

“After five years of consecutive record-breaking tourism numbers jumping to over 53 million in 2019 and the halt of tourism after Mardi Gras 2020, we are now seeing the hotels, restaurants, events, and festivals across the state spring back to life,” Billy Nungesser said. “With a 29 percent increase over 2020, the announcement of increasing visitation again gives hope and encouragement to the tourism and hospitality industries who have persevered, once again ranking Louisiana in the top 10 desired destinations on many national travel sources.”

Nungesser delivered the State of Tourism address at the State Library as the official kickoff to the 39th snnual National Travel and Tourism Week, May 1-7, in Louisiana. The theme this year is “Future of Travel,” highlighting how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, foster sustainability, usher in innovations, and reconnect travelers in the U.S. and around the world.

During his address, Lt. Governor Nungesser also detailed the increase in internet traffic to the LouisianaTravel.com website, which received 9.7 million visits in 2021 – an increase of 162 percent from 2020. The website is on track in 2022 to exceed 9.7 million visits, showing interest in traveling to Louisiana is on the rise.

“Tourism is coming back strong in Louisiana and our travel industry is poised to make significant strides following the challenges of the last two years,” Nungesser said. “Mardi Gras this year was a huge success statewide, and we have already seen record crowds at spring festivals such as the Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula, the Scott Boudin Festival, French Quarter Festival, Festival International in Lafayette, and the Jazz and Heritage Festivals in New Orleans.”