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Impact of Tourism

Facts & Figures

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2018 By the Numbers

Tourism Numbers

2018 was a record-breaking year for tourism in Louisiana. The state welcomed a record 51.3 million visitors in 2017, representing an increase of over 4 million from the 47.1 million visitors reported in 2017. Those visitors spent $18.8 billion, or an average of $366 per person. The travel and tourism industry generated $1.9 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, that’s over $1,000 per household in Louisiana.

Investing in tourism to promote and market Louisiana leads to thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the state. At the end of 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows 237,200 jobs were the result of visitor spending in Louisiana. The booming tourism industry added 2,600 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Visitor travel expenditures in Calcasieu Parish exceeded $732 million in 2017, ranking 4th in the state. Southwest Louisiana employed over 11,000 people in the tourism industry in 2017, an increase of 3%.

By the numbers 2018 Calcasieu Parish

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