Thursday, 26 April, 2012 7:59
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Downtown Development Authority partner for event celebrating area’s tourism industry.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Shreveport-Bossier will be among more than 75 cities hosting National Tourism Rally Day events on Tuesday, May 8, as the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and the Downtown Development Authority partner to present a National Tourism Day “Lunch on the Lawn” event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the courthouse lawn at 501 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. The free event will feature a joint proclamation by Mayor Cedric Glover of Shreveport and Mayor Lo Walker of Bossier City, live music by Airheart, free cake, food vendors and more. Community members are encouraged to wear red in support of the local tourism industry. National Travel and Tourism Week is May 5-13.
According to a U.S. Travel Association report entitled “Economic Impact of Travel on Louisiana Parishes,” travel and tourism is a $900 million industry for Shreveport-Bossier and generates $22 million in local tax revenue. Travel is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. Travel and tourism further supports employees in other industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.
“Travel is a force that can drive our nation’s economic recovery. It is one of the healthiest sectors of our economy in terms of job creation and hiring, employing one out of every nine Americans,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry.
To view research and studies on the travel industry in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org/research. To view similar research for the State of Louisiana, visit www.crt.state.la.us/tourism/research. For more information on National Travel and Tourism Week, visit www.ustravel.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Jay, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
Office: (318) 429-0658
Louisiana is gearing up for the celebration of the century as the state marks its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2012. Involving both education and celebration, Bicentennial events are being planned in every corner of the state. For a statewide calendar of Louisiana events or information on planning a memorable visit to Louisiana, visit www.louisianatravel.com.