Over two years in development, the first maps and guide to promote Louisiana as a world-class eco-tourism destination are now in tourism centers across the State. The developers say, thanks to GPS and guides, tourists will now be able to find their way through parts of the state they’ve rarely traveled before and help Louisiana enter into an important world travel sector…..
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These days, it can be hard to get people to visit the Big Easy, and Atlantic City no longer has a stranglehold on gambling.
Both cities—historically top U.S. vacation destinations—are looking to advertising to bolster their images and reverse steep tourism declines. New Orleans’ total annual visitors slid from 10.4 million before Hurricane Katrina to just 8.7 million last year, according to Mark Romig, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. Atlantic City’s 2011 total—29.7 million—represents a 15 percent falloff from 2006, said Liza Cartmell, president of the Atlantic City Alliance……
A privately funded ecotourism project administered by the LSU AgCenter has led to development of three canoeing trails in northeast Louisiana to lure adventurers to experience its bayous lined with majestic cypress trees…..
NEW ORLEANS — Guides touting Louisiana as an ecotourism destination are now on the racks of tourism centers, according to the America’s Wetland campaign, a group highlighting coastal wetlands loss….
McIlhenny Company has stepped up in a big way to save America’s wetlands. At a press conference Wednesday, McIlhenny Company Chairman and CEO Paul McIlhenny, a charter member of the America’s Wetland Foundation and staunch coastal advocate, introduced the new wetlands label that will be appearing on Tabasco bottles across the world…..
BATON ROUGE — A coalition of tourism interests is working to keep a .03 percent share of the state’s 4 percent states tax dedicated for tourism promotion and related purposes, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Monday. Dardenne, whose office oversees tourism and tourism marketing, said that he expects dozens of tourism officials, chefs, restaurant owners and hotel operators to descend on the House Appropriations Committee next week to lobby to preserve the long-standing tax, which generates about $23 million to $24 million a year.
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Time Magazine and The Huffington Post are among the top media outlets scheduled to take part in the 2nd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media. The event, which also counts on the presence of The Independent, Deutsche Welle TV and Ogilvy Mather PR will focus on how tourism and the media can work together in challenging times (26-27 April, Marsa Alam, Egypt).
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Nov. 7 — Almost every hour, the Louisiana coastline loses a football field-sized piece of land.
And with it goes the region´s first line of defense against flooding and stability in the seafood, oil and gas industries, said Val Marmillion, managing director of America´s WETLAND Foundation in Louisiana.
To give the wetlands a boost last month, the foundation teamed with numerous organizations, including the Coastal Conservation Association, Martin Ecosystems and oil company Shell to place 187 “floating islands,” made of recycled PET plastic bottles, in shallow waters along Isle De Jean Charles, La. The islands are filled with native plants in an attempt to build an off-shore “reef” of new wetlands……..