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Impact of Tourism

Facts & Figures

National Tourism Week celebrates the importance of tourism as an industry throughout the United States. Learn more at www.ustravel.org

Travel workers have helped shape travel to be one of America’s strongest industries.
• Travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy.
• Direct travel spending in the U.S. totaled $947.1 billion by domestic and international
travelers in 2015.
• International travel spending directly supported about 1.1 million U.S. jobs and $28.4 billion in wages.

2016 was a record-breaking year for tourism in Louisiana. The state welcomed a record high 46.7 million visitors in 2016, representing an increase of 2.57 percent over the 45.1 million visitors reported in 2015. Those visitors spent $16.8 billion, or an average of $360 per person. The travel and tourism industry generated $1.04 billion in state tax revenue, an increase of 23.4 percent over the $843 million generated in 2015.

For Calcasieu Parish, that is $411.43 million dollars added to the local economy. 

Impact of Tourism 2016 Stats


National Tourism Week 2017

 

 

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Don Felder, Best known as lead guitarist for the Eagles, will perform in Golden Nugget’s Grand Event Center on Friday, February 23 at 8:30 PM. Felder submitted “16 or 17 tracks” that resulted Read More →
The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Southwest Louisiana will hold its 27th Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show February 24-25, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The Read More →
If you love rock ‘n’ roll, you will not want to miss Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in concert on Saturday, February 24 in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles at 8:00 PM. Read More →
If you enjoy a good brew, make your way to the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank Building for the 4th Annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. This Read More →