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Dardenne touts tourism industry in bayou parishes

HOUMA, La. – Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says recreational opportunities and the cuisine of the Bayou Country are big pluses as they area cultivates its climate for tourism.

Dardenne met with Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish officials this past week for briefings on the importance of visitors to the regional economy.

Dardenne said 2012 was the best year ever for the state in terms of attracting visitors. In that year, the state saw more than 23.6 million visitors that spent more than $10.7 billion. That translates to $655 million in taxes, he said.

Officials with the Houma-Terrebonne Visitors Bureau tell The Courier (http://bit.ly/12p1XqK ) that preliminary numbers show local tourism also is up through the first part of 2013.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com