Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism continue to monitor the effects of the recent floods on Louisiana’s tourism industry. It is a vital segment of the state’s economy – an $11.5 billion industry that sustains over 225,000 jobs within the Louisiana workforce – as it works to preserve world-acclaimed travel offerings and present them to culinary, music, culture and adventure seekers worldwide.
“As the weather subsides in our capital and southwest regions, we are confident that business will return to usual. We also want to highlight that a majority of the state has not been impacted by this disaster,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “We look forward to welcoming our international visitors to the state, and we encourage each of you to come experience all that we have to offer from the music, history, culture and the best food in world – there is always something to see and do here in Louisiana.”
The city of New Orleans, the Louisiana gulf coast, and the central and northern regions of Louisiana as well as most of the geographic area of Louisiana were not affected by floodwaters. Flood-affected areas fell within in the corridors of major rivers, tributaries, and waterways in the regions around Baton Rouge and Lafayette southward. Just as the floodwaters came quickly, the waters are receding quickly, and the small percentage of tourism attractions, overnight accommodation providers and restaurants impacted statewide have resumed or are quickly returning to normal operations. Subsequently, major transportation arteries that were temporarily impacted by flooding have been reopened to connect major Louisiana destinations.
“The New Orleans CVB and the entire New Orleans hospitality industry is working tirelessly to assess the needs of those negatively impacted and support them through an aggressive materials drive and delivery program. We are committed to help those damaged areas rebuild, just as we received help to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The time has come once again to lean in to do whatever can be done to help those in need,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Some state traveler welcome centers, state parks and state museums – all under Lt. Governor Nungesser’s office’s oversight – in the flood-affected areas saw woes ranging from temporarily restricted accessibility to limited damage to structures and amenities directly in the floodwaters’ paths. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will provide an update on those facilities once the immediate needs of flood-affected Louisiana citizens have been addressed, once flood waters have completely receded and once assessments can be made to properties on a site-by-site basis.
“The Louisiana Office of Tourism continues to assist our citizens that have been affected by these horrendous natural disasters across south central Louisiana,” said Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston. “However, if you have business or
leisure travel planned to the unaffected areas of the state, Louisiana still offers a plethora of authentic experiences to the traveling public.”