Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser seeks to boost tourism to rural areas. That’s why he’s scheduled meetings in small Louisiana towns to find the best way to promote local attractions. He says these rural areas don’t always have the money or expertise to market themselves.
“We can go there, meet with them, and learn a little bit more about those local treasures,” Nungesser said, “and then put that in a package and promote it to drive people around Louisiana.”
Meetings will be held in Tallulah, Opelousas, Houma, and Hammond. Nungesser has already started promoting the rural areas of the state with the Louisiana Trails and Byways, which seeks to motivate travelers to take the backroads and see what the state has to offer. He says this is another step towards achieving that goal.
“These roundtables with the rural leaders in those areas are going to be invaluable to us finding a way to maker and drive people into every small town around Louisiana,” Nungesser said.
Nungesser says with more direct international flights into New Orleans, they need to find a way to get those visitors out of the big cities and into other parts of the state. He says they’re also hoping more Louisianans will choose to vacation in their home state.
“We want people to staycation right here in Louisiana, and we’re asking everyone to spend on vacation when you would normally go out of town and go see a part of Louisiana you haven’t seen,” Nungesser said.