Lt. Gov Jay Dardenne visits to celebrate tourism as a business and job creator
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — In celebration of national tourism week Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is traveling around the state of Louisiana looking at tourism as a business and job creator. Tourism is a year-round industry in Louisiana employing one in every ten Louisianians and generating almost $800 million annually in tax revenue. Dardenne says Lafayette is at the heart of tourism in the state.
"Lafayette's on fire and has been on fire I mean the tastiest town in the south last year by Southern Living, and just the excitement of Festival International, and all of the festival life, the music scene in Lafayette. It's one of the selling points that we have for Louisiana," says Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.
"Well, for many years our brand has been our food, our music, our culture. It's a brand that's unique. We don't have to fake it. It is what we are, and there are communities across the country who would love to have a brand like we have in Lafayette," says Ben Bertheelot, Executive Director of LCVC.
In celebration of the tourism Lafayette generates, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission awarded almost $200,000 in grants to local organizations that positively impact tourism in Lafayette.