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  • Officials: Zika won't hurt South Florida tourism in long run

    August 20, 2016 3:37 PM

    MIAMI - Despite confirmation of Zika transmission by mosquitoes in two areas of Miami-Dade County, local officials and business leaders are confident South Florida will retain its status as a world-class tourist destination. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said during a news conference Friday afternoon that the Zika reports certainly... more »
  • Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika

    July 30, 2016 3:09 PM

    MIAMI - Florida mosquitoes have likely spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, and Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the tourism-dependent state may face an economic crisis if visitors start canceling plans to come here. But officials in Miami and Orlando caution against panic,... more »
  • Man accused of French Quarter stabbing

    May 8, 2016 11:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a 50-year-old man is accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend in the French Quarter tourist district and stabbing one of several men who tried to make him stop. Spokesman Aaron Looney says Everett Williams and the man he allegedly stabbed were taken to hospitals... more »
  • USS Kidd loses its captain; Juan resigned Wednesday

    May 4, 2016 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The USS Kidd Veterans Museum will once again be searching for a chief since Alex Juan , the executive director, announced she's leaving her post Wednesday. "It is with a very heavy heart, that I submit my resignation," Juan posted on her personal Facebook page before... more »
  • La. can't open its front doors Play Video

    May 3, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers and building maintenance officials maintain the long-lasting closure of the state capitol's main entrance has less to do with state budget problems and more to do with other priorities. May 16th marks the 84th anniversary of the dedication of the building and a few weeks later,... more »
  • UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

    April 20, 2016 5:48 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi. The travel advice update was posted on the British government's website Tuesday. The British advisory says new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi may affect... more »
  • New report says tourists spending more money in Las Vegas

    April 16, 2016 9:04 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Tourists are spending more money on their trips to Sin City, according to a new report by the Las Vegas tourism board. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority issued its visitor profile study this month, which showed average spending in most expense categories increased in 2015,... more »
  • Nungesser: Tourism up in 2015, another record-breaking year

    April 14, 2016 4:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of tourists coming to Louisiana keeps going up. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says 28.9 million visitors came to Louisiana last year, up by 200,000 from 2014. He says it marked the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism in Louisiana. The data on tourism is part of... more »
  • More than 760,000 attend 2016 French Quarter Festival

    April 13, 2016 5:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- More than 760,000 people attended French Quarter Fest 2016, setting another attendance record. The last record was in 2014, with 733,000 attendees. Last year, attendance dropped to 386,000, which festival organizers blamed on rain. This year's festival, held April 7-10, saw high temperatures around the mid-70s, and there... more »
  • Baton Rouge hosts multi-state tourism conference

    April 4, 2016 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 200 tourism professionals are expected in Baton Rouge Monday for the start of the Southeast Tourism Society's 2016 Spring Symposium. The annual event discusses different approaches that a city can take to expand its tourism market. "We are very excited to have so many tourism professionals... more »
  • Parish wants to boost tourism with youth sports tournaments

    February 8, 2016 11:09 AM

    COLYELL - Livingston Parish officials want to boost tourism by creating regular youth sports tournaments. Parish officials are looking into scheduling tournaments in the parish every weekend during the March through July season. Area director for the Fastpitch America Softball Association Sherry Jacob says she has begun looking into... more »
  • Jury finds man guilty in shooting, murder of Baton Rouge college student

    January 15, 2016 10:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury found Trung Le guilty in the shooting death of a nursing student from Hammond and the injuring of nine others on Bourbon Street in June 2014. The verdict was read by the jury Friday night. The shooting shocked the area. Le maintained he... more »
  • You can Uber yourself a king cake Wednesday

    January 5, 2016 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ride-sharing service Uber will deliver king cakes on Wednesday, the official start of Carnival. Uber announced app users can request the popular treat between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans can request the king cakes and drivers will... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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