For the last four years, Louisiana has seen record-breaking tourism numbers. According to Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, 53.2 million people visited the state in 2019, spending $18.9 billion. But with this year’s coronavirus pandemic prompting stay-at-home orders confining people to their homes the state’s tourism industry is losing millions in revenue. Nungesser says reviving the industry will be a challenge, but he says if any state can do it, it’s Louisiana.
As the state continues into phase one of reopening, 18 of Louisiana’s 21 state parks have reopened and nine museums are open, with several new exhibits. Nungesser is encouraging people to safely visit state museums and parks for not only enjoyment, but a way to contribute to the state’s tourism industry.
Louisiana residents can begin making reservations to stay at 18 Louisiana State Parks starting Friday, May 15, while out-of-state visitors will be welcomed back on Friday, May 29. As part of the reopening, Louisiana State Parks is offering a special discount of booking 4 nights for the price of 3. The promo code – WELCOMEBACK – can be used at checkout for stays through September 7, 2020.
In addition to overnight facilities reopening at parks, tours will be available at State Historic Sites effective Friday, May 15. In keeping with CDC guidelines, tour groups will be kept to 10 or fewer people including the tour guide.
Each state park and state historic site will follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) to ensure all areas are disinfected and safe for visitors. All employees working in fee stations, and coming into contact with visitors, will wear masks and gloves; they will follow proper prevention hygiene such as washing their hands frequently and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Additional measures will be taken, following the CDC guidelines, on proper cleaning and sanitizing after guests leave to prepare for the next set of visitors.
You can find more about what the state office of culture, recreation and tourism has available as the state continues to reopen at www.LouisianaTravel.com