Nungesser schedules rural tourism meetings throughout Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser schedules rural tourism meetings to hear constituent concerns and ideas to increase tourism in rural areas of the state.

These meetings were put together as a result of a survey conducted by the Louisiana Office of Tourism to listen to rural convention and visitor bureaus’ issues and to offer necessary insight when it comes to marketing, promotion and social media. These meetings will be roundtable, interactive discussions so tourism dollars can be spent using informed, logical decisions.

“The rural areas of our state are an asset to all of Louisiana,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “We are highlighting all of the fun things to do by listening to the people who live in these rural areas. They know how to best promote and market their assets in order to draw people to their areas.”

Over the next four days, these roundtable discussions will look at all issues affecting rural tourism. The meetings will take place in Tallulah and Oil City on August 7; Opelousas on August 8; Houma on August 9; and Hammond on August 10. Each meeting will be led by Doug Bourgeois, Director of the Louisiana Byways program and conducted by Cheryl Hargrove, President of Heritage, Tourism and Culture Partners.

A major draw to our more rural areas of the state is the Louisiana Trails and Byways. This program was set up through the National Scenic Byways Program as a way to draw people to Rural America. The Louisiana program currently has 19 trails and byways that highlight different areas of the state from Historic Route 80 to the Southern Swamps to the Zydeco Cajun Prairie. Information about the byways program can be found at

“The Byways are an integral part of bringing people into the heart of Louisiana,” said Nungesser. “You can find great food and drink at a local craft brewery or family restaurant, have a great time fishing or hunting in rural Louisiana or you can dance the night away to Zydeco music at a local joint in rural Acadiana.”

The results of these meetings will be used to craft new, innovative ways to bring visitors, national and international as well as locals, to the parts of the state that have deep culture and unique history that they can experience off the beaten path.

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