Impact - Louisiana Office of Tourism Tops Returns on Investment
$13.90 is the return on investment for every dollar spent by the Office of Tourism. Over 175,000 people were directly employed by the Louisiana travel and tourism industry in 2004. In terms of production, $5.9 billion (3.8%) of Louisiana's Gross State Product was directly attributable to expenditures by visitors to Louisiana
Every dollar in state support for the Arts leverages $7 in earned and contributed revenue. Louisiana's cultural enterprises provide nearly 144,000 jobs for Louisiana citizens, accounting for 7.6% of total employment. Arts has a total economic impact of $934 million in Louisiana.
Visitor spending at Louisiana State Parks returns $3.23 in state taxes for every dollar spend on operating and maintaining all our beautiful parks. Out-of-state visitors to Louisiana State Parks spent almost $12 million in Louisiana and produced an economic impact of over $24 million. Louisiana residents spent another $29.2 million while visiting the parks.
Thirteen Louisiana State Parks sites are on the National Register of Historic Places. They include: • Audubon State Historic Site • Centenary State Historic Site • Fort Pike State Historic Site • Fort Jesup State Historic Site • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site • Mansfield State Historic Site • Marksville State Historic Site • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site • Port Hudson State Historic Site • Poverty Point State Historic Site • Otis House at Fairview-Riverside State Park • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site • Winter Quarters State Historic Site
Louisiana State Parks Visitation
Nearly two million people visited a Louisiana State Park last year.
Louisiana State Parks Grow and Renew
The Louisiana Office of State Parks has spent nearly $80 million in major construction projects since 2004, providing two brand-new parks and a new historic site, adding cabins and campsites to existing parks and building visitor center at one park, the preservation area and three historic sites.
Louisiana State Parks Wireless Internet
The Louisiana Office of State Parks provides free wireless internet access at all 20 recreational parks. Extensive coverage areas include most cabins, RV slips and campsites.
Louisiana State Parks Honors National Parks Service Senior Pass Program
Visitors who hold an America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass, and whose home State Park system honor the America the Beautiful passes for camping discounts, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. Certain restrictions apply, see State Parks' fees & facilities page for more information.
Louisiana State Parks Draw Media Attention
Louisiana State Parks sites have been featured in movie and television releases including "True Detective," CBS’ "Zoo," and "NCIS: New Orleans," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Selfless," "Devil’s Due," and commercials for Popeyes and Toyota.
Capitol Park Welcome Center
The main meeting room in the Capitol Park Welcome Center is named after Margaret Taylor, wife of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. The couple resided in a small house near the present day location of Capitol Park until Taylor was elected to the Presidency.