This year, Louisiana was the second most popular tourist destination for tourists in the United States, according to a new report from the tourism analytics company, Visit Louisiana.
That was followed by Arkansas, followed by Mississippi and Georgia.
However, Louisiana has had a slight bump in the last few years, with Louisiana topping the list in 2015, followed closely by Mississippi.
The state’s tourism growth has slowed somewhat in recent years, but Louisiana has made up for that loss in the past five years.
“Louisiana has been doing well,” said Matt McIlroy, the chief operating officer of Visit Louisiana, in a recent interview.
“It’s certainly an attractive place to do business.”
Louisiana’s tourism industry is worth nearly $1.7 billion.
While tourism has seen some decline over the last decade, the industry is still growing and the state’s economic outlook is very positive.
“We are in a very good position financially,” said McIlry, referring to a $4.5 billion economic recovery in Louisiana.
The city of Baton Rouge, which sits on a river that empties into Lake Pontchartrain, has been attracting visitors to the Louisiana coast since the mid-2000s.
“Baton Rouge is home to many wonderful restaurants and entertainment options, and we’re proud to be a destination for visitors from around the world,” the city said in a press release.
“In the last year, we have seen the city gain a reputation as one of the most beautiful places to visit.”
McIlory added that Baton Rouge’s economy is “doing well” and has attracted more businesses to the city, especially in the food and hospitality industry.
“As the industry grows, so too does the number of people visiting, and it makes sense that we’d see a lot more restaurants and more food options coming to the area.”
The state of Louisiana is home the Louisiana Gulf Coast, a major tourist destination that attracts tourists from around Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Colorado, Oklahoma State, and Kansas.
The region is home a growing number of small businesses and other small-scale industries.
According to Visit Louisiana’s data, the Louisiana economy grew by 4.2 percent in 2015.
According the National Association of Manufacturers, the state ranked seventh in the country in economic growth between 2011 and 2014.
“For most of its history, the economy of the state of New Orleans has been a manufacturing and agricultural hub, but the economic impact of the economic downturn has forced the city to focus on a more urban, tourist-oriented approach,” McIlories statement said.
“This shift is helping the region to rebound economically, and that has resulted in the growth of a number of businesses and new opportunities for small businesses.”