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  • Humbling research: Baton Rouge isn't that snobby

    November 11, 2015 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Humble pie must be served everywhere, since website RoadSnacks ranked Baton Rouge the 140th most snobby place in the United States. Researchers analyzed data from 250 cities and ranked them based on income, median home price, the number of theaters and art galler ie s, education... more »
  • Louisiana celebrities endorse Dardenne for governor

    September 11, 2015 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jay Dardenne's campaign announced endorsements from several Louisiana musicians, artists, actors and chefs on Friday for his run at the governor's office. Dardenne's campaign posted video endorsements from 25 of the celebrities, and promised more to come in the days ahead. The list includes TV... more »
  • Negotiations for Miss USA cash still going on

    July 1, 2015 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish and tourism officials in East Baton Rouge said they're still in talks with Miss USA officials about a six-figure cash incentives payout which is in jeopardy. A spokesperson for the EBR Mayor-President's Office said they have not turned over a $100,000 incentives payout to Miss... more »
  • Miss USA distances itself from Trump's statements check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 29, 2015 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the women who will participate in the upcoming Miss USA pageant here settle in for their first or second night in the city, the pageant released a statement concerning the recent turn of events that have it off the air. "We are disheartened by recent... more »
  • Baton Rouge to fight for its crowning moment amid pageant scandal

    June 29, 2015 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after NBC announced it was not going to broadcast this year's Miss USA pageant, city leaders closest to the production remained mostly tight-lipped about the situation while others were discussing their frustrations over the ordeal. "We miss out on... exposure," councilman John Delgado said in... more »
  • Tickets on sale Tuesday for BR-hosted Miss USA

    June 8, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tickets for the 2015 Miss USA pageant go on sale Tuesday. Sales to the general public start at 11 a.m., although, people with a special code can start ordering now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster . Miss USA returns to Baton Rouge for the second time... more »
  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for Gulf tourism boom

    May 25, 2015 11:29 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Tourism hasn't only recovered on the Gulf Coast five years after the BP oil spill - industry officials say it's surging. And they credit fallout from the environmental disaster as being part of the reason why. BP spent more than $230 million promoting tourism after the... more »
  • Taylor Swift, Superfest, cleanups to mark month of BR tourism

    May 4, 2015 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish tourism officials announced plans for citywide cleanups, visitor appreciation days and a social media contest with free Taylor Swift tickets to drive tourism in East Baton Rouge this May. Visit Baton Rouge said the #TweetForTourism campaign is meant to celebrate National Travel Tourism Week from... more »
  • Metro Council to talk pay raises and pageants check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a packed agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting . The council could decide to put more money in the pockets of city workers. They will vote on a pay raise today that was promised by Mayor Kip Holden. Everyone but the firefighter's union had... more »
  • Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

    March 3, 2015 11:10 AM

    IRVINE, Calif. - Federal agents are searching more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on an industry that helps pregnant Chinese women travel to the U.S. to give birth to American babies. The crackdown on three alleged maternity tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security... more »
  • Mobile ups the stakes in fight for Mardi Gras tourism

    February 16, 2015 10:59 AM

    MOBILE, AL - The mayor of Mobile, Alabama, is playing up his city's claim as the birthplace of Mardi Gras. In billboards and in a video, Mayor Sandy Stimpson brags that Mobile - not nearby New Orleans - is where the annual pre-Lenten celebrations began in the United States. Some... more »
  • Tourism numbers up for Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 12, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tourism is looking good for the city driven largely by the hospitality and film industries, and local businesses are more than happy to reap the benefits. "It would be very difficult for us to top 2014, but we think 2015 will be among the best years... more »
  • NOLA tourism pays LSP $2.5 million for added patrols check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 12, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a busy tourism season, city leaders in New Orleans are dolling out cash for extra protection. The tourism industry is paying state police $2.5 million to stick around long after the last beads fall. Superintendent Mike Edmonson says troopers are carefully selected from... more »
  • It's a party; Carnival rolls into Baton Rouge Friday

    February 6, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival got off to a rumbling start Friday night as the Krewe of Artemis rolled through downtown. The parade moved through downtown shortly after 7 p.m. It was the 13th year of the all-female parade. This year, the theme was "It's always a party with... more »
  • More than 2 years after closing, Swamp Walk opens again

    January 21, 2015 2:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed. Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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