Louisiana is now on a six-year-run of record breaking tourism numbers as the state saw 500,000 more visitors in 2017 than it saw in 2016, for a total of 46.7 million visitors.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says a push to bring in more folks from outside the U.S. is paying off.
“Roughly a million international visitors. Those continue to go up every year and those international visitors stay longer, spend more money,” Nungesser said.

Tourism also brought in 1.8 billion dollars in local and state tax revenue in 2017, a 4.5 percent increase over 2016.

Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans now offers direct flights into London and Germany. Nungesser says that’s played a huge role in bringing in more international guests.

“But having those direct flights into New Orleans absolutely helps because they don’t just see one city. There’s an opportunity to bring those folks that land in New Orleans around to see the rest of the state,” Nungesser said.

Nungesser says as part of the push to get more foreign visitors, they’ll be taking a trip to the East.

“And this year we will be going to China. They love to go where movies were shot and in Louisiana we can also show them where people got shot like Bonnie and Clyde,” Nungesser said.