National Tourism Week kickoff

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks to a capacity crowd at the National Tourism Week kickoff at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs.

Tourism has changed in Livingston Parish.        

Actually, tourism has changed Livingston Parish.

A quick look at the local calendar these past few weekends shows a vast array of events is bringing visitors from all over the region, even from different states, to destinations throughout Livingston Parish.

Golf enthusiasts, outdoorsmen and women, people who love the water, even folks who love to shop all have a place to go in Livingston Parish.

That was the sentiment offered by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser at his tourism week kickoff at Greystone Country Club. The head of tourism stressed that dollars are being brought to Louisiana and specific locations by people from outside the area – and the economic benefit shows.

Start with Bass Pro Shops, which not only brought in shoppers from Houston to Pensacola, but opened a whole new era of economic viability in the parish. The Tickfaw 200, which has become a national draw, brings thousands upon thousands of people into the relatively quiet southeastern portion of the parish.

Even events such as Springfest, which crowds downtown Denham Springs with family, food, and fun draws from Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Tangipahoa. As did Scott Innes’ Cajun Country Jam the very next weekend.

Don’t forget Tickfaw State Park, just outside of Springfield.

Every one of those events revolves around people spending money, and they do just that. Shoppers buy goods at Bass Pro, stay in hotel rooms, and they inject their hard-earned wages into the Livingston Parish market.

So next time you think tourism, don’t forget that our local economy sees benefit from dollars that come from all over Louisiana – and the nation.

There’s a reason the lieutenant governor decided to do a kickoff event at Greystone, after all.

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