Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has returned to the Bayou state following a ten-day trip to China as part of a Louisiana tourism mission in an attempt to lure visitors from the Chinese market. The trip included a stop at the 12th annual China-US Tourism Leadership Summit. Nungesser says they took two Louisiana chefs along to showcase the food of the area.

"We were able to cook for the ambassador with a lot of press at his place, just an all-around great exposure for Louisiana," says Nungesser.

Nungesser adds he believes the “Lights Camera Louisiana” film trail, which shows where many movies and TV shows were produced around the state, will be a huge draw for Chinese tourists.

"When they watch American TV, and they travel to America, they want to go where those movies were filmed.  And we sure have a lot of history here in Louisiana," says Nungesser.

Nungesser says he believes Louisiana could see its own direct flight service with the country coming in the next few years.

"I think if we start working now, with a plan of two, three, or four years, to see that direct flight, that would be a win-win for Louisiana, both for business climate, and for the traveler from China to Louisiana," says Nungesser.