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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 that we've had, provided the economy continues to be as strong as it is, travel and interest in Louisiana," said CEO of Visit Baton Rouge, Paul Arrigo.

The group revealed how good the numbers were for 2014 at the Baton Rouge Lodging Association meeting this afternoon.

According to Visit Baton Rouge, the city saw just over a 6 percent increase in hotel occupancy happened last year. Also, the film industry brought in millions for the area.

Local business owners said tourism helps to keep them a float.

"We've been able to keep the doors open," said Sally Conklin, a local small business owner.

Conklin sells antiques and art on Government street and credits visitors to the city with helping her stay open.

"It's really good. Tourism is awesome for us. It's really, really big."

Bayou Country Superfest, among other big events to be held this year, is expected to help bring about another good year for the city.

 

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