The importance of tourism in Acadiana

KADN Staff
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:56am

Food, music, culture. These are words so many of us associate with our region of Acadiana. We keep getting national recognitions for the place we call home, and it's making a positive difference.

"We do everything we can to make sure Louisianians appreciate the fact that tourism is a major industry for the state with the income that comes in and the jobs that are created. It's big business for Louisiana. We want folks in Louisiana to support it, and we want folks in Louisiana to be travelers and tourists in their own state," says Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.

So just how big is the tourism industry? Last year 27.3 million people visited our state spending over $10 billion, and a good bit of that money was spent right here in Acadiana. Which is a wonderful thing for our local economy.

"In addition to everything we have in Lafayette parish, our entire region of Acadiana has so much to offer and it really adds to the experience that visitors are able to have when they're in our area," says Ben Berthelot, CEO of LCVC.

Like a new Bed and Breakfast near Kaplan called Crawfish Haven, where lifetime local Barry Toups made an old acadian home a tourist attraction by offering guests crawfish excersions along with their stay.

"I'm hoping it's filled every day during the crawfish season. We have two ponds we can definitely accommodate everyone. Just the fact of riding in a boat and experiencing that crawfish, how we crawfish here in Vermilion parish and you get to participate also," says Barry Toups, owner of Crawfish Haven.

Crawfish Haven is also appealing to locals, located right in the heart of prime hunting land.

"The good thing about this, family from out-of-town comes here they're going to be going to the local places, and they're going to be spending money here in Vermilion parish. We're only fifteen minutes away from Lafayette, fifteen minutes away from Rayne, about five minutes away from Kaplan and we're about ten minutes away from Abbeville," says Toups.

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