Lieutenant governor to visit Ruston to celebrate Tourism Week

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will make a stop Lincoln Parish this week to provide a State of Tourism Address as he canvases the state for the 39th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

Nungesser will be in Ruston from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6 at Louisiana Tech’s Davison Athletics Complex.

The purpose is to celebrate tourism industry professionals and businesses who have continued to work toward revitalizing this sector’s impact to the state’s economy, workforce and quality of life.  

“Tourism is coming back strong in Louisiana and our travel industry is poised to make significant strides following the challenges of the pandemic,” Nungesser said. “Mardi Gras was a huge success statewide and we have already seen record crowds at Louisiana springtime festivals such as the Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula, the Scott Boudin Festival and French Quarter Festival.”

The theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week is “The Future of Travel,” highlighting how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, foster sustainability, usher in new innovations and reconnect travelers in the U.S. and around the world.

“The future of travel is opportunity. It’s the chance to rebuild our hospitality industry and welcome people from all over the world to enjoy our rich cultural heritage, unique and unforgettable cuisine and music,”  Nungesser said.

“People are eager to travel again and we are ready to welcome our domestic and international visitors with open arms,” said Doug Bourgeois, Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. “Our continued success in attracting visitors to Louisiana requires coordinated teamwork between the Louisiana Office of Tourism and our tourism partners across the state.”

To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, Lieutenant Governor Nungesser along with Louisiana Office of Tourism staff will participate in convention and visitor bureau events across the state.

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