Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces that international travel to Louisiana has increased 36% over the past year. He says that puts Louisiana second only to Michigan for annual growth. He says international tourism has huge benefits for the state.

“The international visitor stays longer, spends more money, and has a tendency to see more of Louisiana, not just one city,” Nungesser said.

Nungesser says New Orleans saw a 37% increase during the same time period and this is the third consecutive year of double digit growth in international visitors. He credits Louisiana’s great food and culture and its people for the big increase in tourists from outside of the United States.

“Our people treat people like family when they come from all over the world, and I hear so many incredible stories about the special little things that our people do in the hospitality industry,” Nungesser said.

Nungesser says he wants to make sure that visitor rate continues to rise. He says we just have to make sure Louisiana always puts its best foot forward.

“Keep our Louisiana highways and communities clean, keep them in good shape, and keep adding new attractions to our state,” Nungesser said.