The University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center, known for its economic analysis and forecast, conducted a study regarding the forecast of tourism indicators. According to their recent analysis St. Tammany Parish has the fourth-largest tourism economy in Louisiana.
The study, done on behalf of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, found that visitors to the parish spent $804.72 million in 2018. This is 12% higher from the figure reported in 2016 and 7% up from 2017.
The study was shared at the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission’s monthly meeting at the Harbor Center near Slidell by chief executive officer Donna O’Daniels.
In the meeting it was shared that the parish tourism employment was also up 8% from the year before. It was reported that 1,149 jobs generated $274.59 million in earnings in 2018. The parish also generated $45.95 million in state taxes and $37.67 million in local taxes.
The positive findings will be shared in the new edition of the visitor’s guide and also on the commission’s website www.louisiananorthshore.com.
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