$350,000 in incentives offered to land Miss USA
BATON ROUGE - Tourism officials put together a package worth thousands of dollars in rental waivers, enhancements, and other incentives to help convince the Miss USA pageant to come to Baton Rouge.
Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization, announced Thursday the 2014 Miss USA pageant would be held in Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden held a separate announcement at the River Center later Thursday morning.
Paul Arrigo with Visit Baton Rouge said their organization put together a $250,000 package of incentives, and offered an additional $50,000 to enhance the stay of pageant contestants. He said that could pay for bands, receptions, and tours around the area, and that the money comes from a tax on hotel rooms in Baton Rouge.
L'Auberge Casino Hotel will provide rooms for the contestants, while the pageant will be held at the River Center June 8.
The state Office of Tourism also offered $50,000 in incentives to the Miss USA pageant.