Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is visiting Lake Charles as part of a statewide expedition celebrating National Tourism week. The purpose of the trip is to tout the tourism industry and its record-setting economic impact on the state under Lt. Governor Dardenne’s leadership. Last year Louisiana attracted 28.7 million visitors, a 5 percent increase over 2013, resulting in $11.2 billion in total visitor spending and $836 million in state tax revenue generated. The revenue generated through domestic and international visitors represents a more than 38-to-1 return on investment of state funding.

In 2013, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau generated 60,000  hotel room nights with an economic impact of $384 million for Calcasieu Parish. Tourism  brought $92.8 million in payroll for Calcasieu Parish.

Lt. Governor Dardenne will travel in a mini coach wrapped in Louisiana Travel’s latest tourism marketing campaign and statistics. Gumbeaux Gator and the Lake Charles Buccaneers will be on hand to welcome him to Southwest Louisiana.  He will be updating his Twitter and Facebook with his experiences from the road via @JayDardenne and Follow along using U.S. Travel’s National Tourism Week hashtag #NTTW2015 as well as Louisiana Travel’s hashtag #OnlyLouisiana.

When and Where:
Thursday, May 7 from 10-10:30 a.m.
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA


April 15, 2015

Megan M. Hartman
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cami Geisman
Office of the Lieutenant Governor