Louisiana tourism industry could lose millions following COVID-19 outbreak

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Louisiana’s tourism industry is in danger of losing millions of dollars following the coronavirus outbreak.

Several popular events and tourist attractions, like the ST. Patrick’s parades in New Orleans, have been canceled following news that the virus affected several people in Louisiana.

The Lieutenant Governor, Billy Nungesser, says these cancellations are starting to wreck havoc on one of Louisiana’s biggest economic pulls.

“It’s already effecting us,” Nungesser says. “Cancellations, people not traveling. We want to put safety first. But in saying that, it’s the 4th largest industry.”

Nungesser says the best way to keep the industry from plummeting is for local people to invest time and money into their surroundings. Supporting local tourists attractions, like hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities can help keep the tourism industry stable.

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