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  • Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

    November 5, 2014 5:12 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The head of the space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket ship broke apart over the California desert says test flights could resume as early as next summer. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told The Associated Press on Wednesday that work is... more »
  • Branson vows to find out cause of spacecraft crash

    November 1, 2014 12:05 PM

    MOJAVE, Calif. - Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson say he's determined to find out what went wrong during a test flight of his prototype space tourism rocket, killing one pilot and injuring another. Branson told a press conference Saturday in Mojave, California, that safety has always been the top... more »
  • Superfest sets $3.4M record for Baton Rouge hotels Play Video

    June 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City tourism officials said Monday that Baton Rouge hotels took in a record $3.4 million during the recent Bayou Country Superfest. Visit Baton Rouge said hotel receipts showed visitors to the city spent $1.23 million on Friday, $1.26 million on Saturday, and $914,000 on Sunday during... more »
  • La. sets new tourism record

    April 28, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana drew a record 27.3 million tourists to its cities, festivals, outdoor activities and other events last year, drawing $10.8 billion in visitor spending. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne outlined the 2013 figures Monday at a tourism promotion lunch, saying the state attracted more outside visitors than the last... more »
  • MoveOn keeps tourism slogan

    March 7, 2014 6:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne wants a pro-Medicaid expansion group to stop using the state's tourism marketing slogan in its billboard campaign. Dardenne said a cease-and-desist notice has been issued to those behind the MoveOn group's billboard, which plays on the state's "Pick Your Passion" tourism message. The... more »
  • Vibrant TV icon dead at 71

    December 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An icon of television in south Louisiana died Monday, media here reported. Frank Davis, 71, had been on local TV for three decades before he retired in 2011. He and his wife moved to Texas to be closer to family after he was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory... more »
  • Dwindling BP grant money a tourism concern

    August 27, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said today that even after a record-setting year for Louisiana tourism, the budget is still a concern. Dardenne said 26.3 million people visited the state in 2012, generating $665 million in tax revenue. He said the concern is over the dwindling grant... more »
  • Study urges spending on coastal restoration

    July 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business. The study, commissioned by the... more »
  • Pot tourism up for discussion in Colo. Legislature

    March 22, 2013 8:43 AM

    DENVER- Marijuana tourism is one of the biggest questions facing pot regulators in Colorado. A special legislative panel looking at marijuana regulations plans to discuss the question Friday. The constitutional amendment approved by voters last year allows marijuana use by adults over 21. It doesn't specify whether only Colorado residents... more »
  • 2012 tourism in N.O. 2nd-highest ever, more than 9M

    March 12, 2013 3:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new study says tourists and business travelers spent a record $6 billion in New Orleans last year, and the number of visitors was the highest since Hurricane Katrina and the second-highest ever. The UNO Hospitality Research Center says the city had just over 9 million visitors. That's... more »
  • Bowling Congress tournaments return to Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 27, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The United States Bowling Congress announced they will return to Baton Rouge. The city will play host to the Women's Championships in 2017, and host the Open Championships again in 2025. East Baton Rouge Parish saw an estimated $113 million economic impact when they hosted... more »
  • Baton Rouge expecting overflow, business from Super Bowl Play Video

    January 15, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge tourism officials expect hotel rooms to be at least 90 percent full when New Orleans hosts the Super Bowl next month. Visit Baton Rouge started a marketing campaign in NFL cities a few weeks ago. The focus is now centered on the remaining playoff... more »
  • Louisiana tourism officials plan fishing website

    January 1, 2013 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana anglers and those planning a fishing trip to the state will be able to get information, licenses and a spot to chat online with other fishermen at what state tourism officials call a fishing microsite opening early in January. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says Louisiana is... more »
  • N.O. to roll out tourism pitch

    December 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. is planning a 2013 national campaign built around the theme "Follow Your NOLA." The pitch will roll out in its Super Bowl visitors' guide, distributed to travelers coming to New Orleans for the NFL's championship game on Feb. 3 at the... more »
  • Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

    November 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill. The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick... more »
  • Gettysburg already bracing for big 150th crowd

    September 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The 150th anniversary of the decisive Civil War battle in Gettysburg is nine months away, but national park officials in Pennsylvania, tourism planners and hotels are bracing for what is expected to be a huge turnout. Gettysburg tourism office spokesman Carl Whitehill said Thursday many hotels in... more »
  • Lt. Gov. Dardenne promotes state in Dallas

    September 13, 2012 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is promoting the state's assets in neighboring Texas. Dardenne is in Dallas to promote Louisiana Culinary Trails through a partnership with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and Texas Monthly magazine. The magazine is co-hosting Thursday's event for news media and food... more »
  • Hilton sale, hotel construction good signs for downtown BR Play Video

    September 10, 2012 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hospitality industry experts see good things in Baton Rouge's future, after the recent sale of the Hilton Hotel downtown. Prism Hotels and Resorts, a management group, purchased the Hilton for about $40 million. Experts said they don't expect big changes at the well-known property in the... more »
  • 50 things to do in Louisiana this summer Play Video

    June 20, 2012 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The summer season is here! The WBRZ News 2 at 4pm team is kicking off the season with a bucket list of fun things to do this summer. The first item on the list, eating a snoball. Watch News 2 at 4pm today for a quick... more »
  • Litter clogging Iberville bayous Play Video

    June 18, 2012 5:07 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders are starting a campaign to stop littering in their bayous. Leaders fear litter in the city's streets and neighborhoods is winding up in nearby bayous, and could be detrimental to tourism as well as the ecosystem. "It makes the bayou look terrible and that's... more »
  • New Orleans restaurants ready for football blitz Play Video

    January 2, 2012 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Crescent City could see a half-billion dollar economic impact from multiple major sporting events this week, and restaurants are gearing up to rake in major profits. At Mr. B's Bistro, the key to success relies heavily on consistent food and excellent service. Stephen Archacki has... more »
  • Dardenne back in office full time after surgery Play Video

    December 12, 2011 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says he expects this week to be his first, full week back in office. Dardenne was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer. He had surgery last month and says the outlook is good. Dardenne says the timing could not be better. ... more »
  • Suspect in French Quarter shooting surrenders

    November 4, 2011 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans teenager has surrendered to police to face a charge he opened fire on a tourist-filled street in the city's French Quarter earlier this week. One man was killed and seven were wounded in the shooting. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant on a... more »
  • Both candidates show for Lt. Governor debate in Baton Rouge

    October 6, 2011 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After weeks of canceled debates by both candidates, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser faced-off in Baton Rouge Thursday night. They're both interested in the Lieutenant Governor position. Despite jabbing ads on television fighting the campaign for them thus far, both were... more »
  • Budget cuts hit Louisiana state parks, museums

    July 12, 2011 12:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the heart of the summer tourism and vacation season, Louisiana's state-run recreational areas, parks and educational pastimes are shrinking visitors' hours and cutting staff to cope with lessened funding as the new budget year began July 1. Military history enthusiasts and fans of football great... more »
  • BP tourism dollars to fund Bayou Country Superfest

    June 22, 2011 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden wants to keep the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge with oil spill money. On Wednesday night, he shared the idea of spending $500,000 from BP for repairing tourism with the Metro Council, which stripped money from the concert this year. Joe Arrigo,... more »
  • Dardenne touts $1.98 million for volunteer groups

    June 7, 2011 3:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says the "Volunteer Louisiana" program is granting nearly $2 million from the federal AmeriCorps program to four service organizations in Louisiana. Dardenne's office said Monday that the organizations involved are City Year Louisiana, Presbytery of South Louisiana, the St. Bernard Project and Teach for... more »
  • Nonprofit to oversee $16 million from BP for marketing

    April 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A newly formed nonprofit will oversee how $16 million in money from BP will be used to market and promote the Mississippi Gulf Coast, according to Gov. Haley Barbour's office. The Mississippi Coast Regional Tourism Partnership will use the money to help the tourism and... more »
  • Jindal, Dardenne at odds over tourism budget

    March 23, 2011 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne objects to the governor's office spending recommendations for Dardenne's tourism agency. Dardenne says Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to raid tourism marketing and park maintenance funds to pay for other expenses that don't match the intention of those pots of money. Dardenne... more »
  • La. tourism ad campaign subject of dispute

    February 18, 2011 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Jindal administration are at odds over a $4 million tourism campaign Dardenne wants to launch this spring to market Louisiana to potential visitors. The dispute between Dardenne and Jindal's commissioner of administration, Paul Rainwater, was put before lawmakers Friday... more »
  • Dardenne heading to NYC to pitch La. tourism

    January 29, 2011 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is traveling to New York next week, to promote the state's tourism efforts. He's set up a series of television interviews on Wednesday and will meet with magazine writers, hoping to get coverage for Louisiana's travel opportunities. Tourism is a $9 billion... more »
  • Dardenne traveling to NYC to promote tourism

    January 28, 2011 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is hoping a trip to the Big Apple will help bring tourists back to Louisiana. Dardenne is planning a one-day trip next week to New York City next week to meet with nationwide broadcasters and magazine writers and promote Louisiana’s travel opportunities. According... more »
  • Lt. Governor Dardenne unveils new tourism campaign

    January 26, 2011 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says a new $4 million state marketing campaign will begin in the spring. Louisiana: Pick Your Passion is the tagline. It encourages visitors to look and consider all of the attractions in Louisiana. Tourism representatives gathered in Baton Rouge today for... more »
  • Gulf Coast hopes for post-spill boom from retirees

    November 25, 2010 11:36 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - For all the oil spill claims and cleanup work by BP, retirees from the North may be the best survival bet for some Gulf Coast resort towns this winter. After a disastrous summer tourism season and a slower-than-normal fall, Northern and Midwestern visitors known as "snowbirds"... more »
  • Dardenne takes over new office

    November 22, 2010 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new lieutenant governor says he was so excited to take on his new role for the state, he was unpacking boxes in his new office at six this morning. Jay Dardenne was sworn in during a ceremony this afternoon, after winning the Lt. Governor's seat... more »
  • La. to spend $5M in BP money every 3 months

    November 19, 2010 7:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State officials say BP will give Louisiana $5 million every three months over the next year and a half to promote Louisiana's tourism. The $30 million for tourism promotion is part of $78 million BP has agreed to give Louisiana to monitor seafood for contamination from the... more »
  • Dardenne heads to New York to promote tourism

    November 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov.-elect Jay Dardenne is traveling to New York next week with a group of Louisiana businessmen to promote tourism and economic development. The trip from Nov. 16-18 is in connection with the nonprofit Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc. Dardenne's office says a... more »
  • Jindal announcement concerning seafood and tourism

    November 1, 2010 9:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Governor Bobby Jindal will make what his office calls a, "major announcement" concerning seafood and tourism. It will be during a stop in New Orleans at 10:45. Stay tuned to WBRZ.com, @WBRZ on Twitter and WBRZ on Facebook for updates. more »
  • Gulf coast eyes tourism boost from fall fishing

    September 22, 2010 12:49 PM

    The tourism industry along the northern Gulf Coast has a new bet for surviving the winter: Red snapper. The federal government has approved an unusual autumn fishing season for the popular fish, which is a favorite prey for anglers who missed nearly an entire summer of saltwater fishing because... more »
  • Lt. Gov. requests $75 million for tourism advertising

    September 20, 2010 5:30 PM

    Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle is requesting $75 million from BP for tourism advertising. This is the second request for money after the state received $15 million earlier this summer. A recent national perception study of Louisiana after the Gulf oil spill shows the majority of Americans believe the oil crisis... more »
  • Angelle seeks $75M more from BP for tourism aid

    September 16, 2010 7:43 AM

    Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle has asked BP LLC for another $75 million to help the state's tourism industry recover from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP already has given Louisiana $15 million to help mitigate the spill's impact on tourism. In a letter to Larry Thomas,... more »
  • Lt. Governor asks for more money from BP to fix state's image

    September 15, 2010 5:01 PM

    Louisiana’s lieutenant governor has sent a letter to BP asking them for $75 million to help pay for tourism recovery. Scott Angelle’s office put out a press release Wednesday that said a recent perception study showed the state is still dealing with a “negative national perception” after the Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • For Gulf tourism, problem is perception - not oil

    August 22, 2010 11:21 AM

    Officials along the Gulf Coast say tourists are staying away from their beaches and other attractions because they still fear the region is coated in oil. Experts say that perception could take years to overcome and cost billions of dollars. The BP oil spill has been plugged for weeks. Beaches... more »
  • State leaders hope reimbursements will cover costs

    August 9, 2010 5:36 PM

    State treasurer John Kennedy says BP has paid Louisiana $115 million for day-to-day operations. Kennedy says it will probably take much more once the final bill has been calculated. He says that work is taking place right now. Kennedy says it was nearly impossible to determine a dollar... more »
  • BP may pay for more free concerts to help Alabama

    July 12, 2010 10:28 AM

    BP may fund a series of free beach concerts along the Alabama coast. Officials say they hope to line up a string of big-name performers through the fall. Promoters say acts could include Faith Hill and Jack Johnson. Just this past weekend, a free Jimmy Buffett concert drew in... more »
  • Louisiana plans tourism campaign

    June 2, 2010 6:04 PM

    Two weeks after BP promised $15 million dollars to help Louisiana's tourism, the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism have decided how they will spend the money. $5 million will go to promoting Louisiana, such as seafood and multicultural events, and another $5 million will go towards promoting the New... more »
  • Louisiana Divies Up Tourism Dollars

    June 2, 2010 11:27 AM

    Acting Lt. Governor Scott Angelle has announced how the state will spend the $15 million it received from BP for promotion efforts to combat damage caused to our state's tourism industry by the oil spill. The dollars will be split evenly between campaigns for coastal Louisiana, the New Orleans... more »
  • Alabama tourism ads on hold as oil moves closer

    June 2, 2010 10:50 AM

    Tourism officials in Alabama have plans for a $15 million marketing campaign, but a series of television ads is on hold while experts assess the extent of tar balls landing on beaches there. The commercials will tout the region's entertainment and dining options. The state plans to spend $6 million... more »
  • Still no tourism check from BP

    May 26, 2010 5:25 PM

    More than a week after BP promised Louisiana $15 million to help the state's tourism industry, the Office of Tourism still has not received any money. They are, however, planning how to spend the check. The majority of that money will go to advertising on television, radio, newspapers, billboards... more »
  • Oil spill hasn't emptied Gulf Coast hotels

    May 26, 2010 3:15 PM

    Huge discounts continue to lure tourists to Gulf Coast resorts, despite the massive oil spill threatening beaches from Texas to Florida. During the first two weeks of May, hotels within ten miles of the Louisiana, Mississipp and Alabama coast, saw a rise in occupancy over the same time last... more »
  • Short term, oil spill means mini job boom in Gulf

    May 26, 2010 5:33 AM

    The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the livelihoods of fishermen, restaurant workers, charter boat captains and the region's tourism industry, but some other jobs are benefiting. It's triggering a mini-boom among workers hired to help clean up and contain the oil spilling into the Gulf. It's reminiscent... more »
  • BP to award $70M in tourism grants

    May 17, 2010 2:11 PM

    BP is awarding $70 million in grants in efforts to help Gulf Coast states with tourism in the aftermath of the massive oil spill. Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will each get $15 million, while Florida will get $25 million. more »
  • Jindal considers abolition of lieutenant governor

    January 28, 2010 4:56 AM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal says he is strongly considering a proposal that would scrap the lieutenant governor's job in Louisiana. The proposal under consideration would make the secretary of state second in command. The lieutenant governor's responsibilities over culture, recreation and tourism would be split among various agencies. The change would... more »

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