Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser encourages Louisianans to explore h

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is encouraging Louisiana residents to explore their state over the holiday weekend.  Louisiana’s state parks have canceled all out of state bookings through phase one and Nungesser says now is the time for locals to check them out because there is something for every member of the family.

“We’ve got some amazing trails, we’ve got beaches at several of the parks, we’ve got conoeing, tubing,” said Nungesser.

When visiting the state’s landmarks, Nungesser says make sure to snap pics and share them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever your out of state friends and family may see them.

“Whether it’s the gothic jail in DeRidder or the Bentley Hotel in Alexandria where part of the D-Day invasion was planned, when you visit those places and you share that, it’s a personal endorsement of it, unlike a commercial,” said Nungesser.

Nungesser says the state is actively working now at luring tourists for the when it is safe for them to return as last year, they left behind $1.9 billion in tax revenue.

“The fourth largest industry in Louisiana is tourism, so we got to work hard to get that back quickly to help many of our small businesses survive, but also to get that tax base back,” said Nungesser.