Lieurtenant Governor Billy Nungesser heads to the Land Down Under to promote Louisiana as a tourist destination


Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser leaves tomorrow for a trip to Australia for an international mission to promote Louisiana as a tourist destination. Nungesser says he will not just market Louisiana as a destination for tourists.

“We’re also going to meet with the film industry there – talk about the new film tax credit. We’re going to meet with business leaders and really bring a lot of Louisiana flavor there. And I’m sure this will up our game in getting visitors to come from Australia.”

He also plans to visit  New Zealand. Nungesser says he plans to visit other countries in the future He says Louisiana is one of three states to receive a grant for $300,000 for the next three years from the International Commerce Department to market international travel to the U-S.

“So we’re going to be going to India, Spain, and this is going to be a great opportunity to open up three new international markets because we know those international travelers stay longer and spend more money.”

Nungesser says there are several reasons why Aussies would like to visit Louisiana.

“Mardi Gras. The fairs and festivals. The seafood. We’ll be preparing some Louisiana seafood dishes over there to feed them. We’ll be showing the Lauren Daigle video, the great outdoors, Jazz Fest – we’re going to bring all of that with us.”

Nungesser will remain in Australia for two weeks.

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