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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side Outperforms State, National Tourism Trends. Robert Mizzell sings "Louisiana Saturday Night" live



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Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side tourism industry is strong with Louisiana's highest hotel occupancy rates, despite a drop in travel figures for many destinations nationwide. The July Smith Travel Research report shows the Shreveport MSA leading all other Louisiana cities in hotel occupancy for the month of July with 73.5 percent. Baton Rouge’s is 64.1, Lafayette – 49.6, and New Orleans – 64.6.

Gambling, of course, is the big draw, with five riverboat casinos and a horse-racing track. But when you need a break from the slots, tables and ponies, there's plenty beyond the neon.

"Though we are doing extremely well in light of a sluggish economy, we do recognize that we have some challenges, in particular in the gaming sector," Brown said. "That is why we are forming a coop with all of our local casinos to reposition ourselves in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and East Texas market."

In a recent Visitor Intercept Survey conducted for the tourist bureau by Randall Travel Marketing, repeat visitation to Shreveport-Bossier saw a growth of 13 percent over last year’s figures. In total, 87 percent of visitors are coming more than once a year.

"We find Shreveport to be an affordable destination," said Texas residents Carol and Calvin McCall. "We visit once or twice a year, for one or two nights each time."

Shreveport-Bossier's convenient location in between Dallas, Texas and Jackson, Miss. also offers the couple a midway point to meet family for birthdays and other outings.

"We also enjoy the Bass Pro and Boardwalk shopping," the McCalls said. "We have visited the shops every time we visit and find the Farmers Almanac Store and Bass Pro to be especially enjoyable."

The national media is turning its attention to Shreveport-Bossier and all the wonderful things happening in the area.

In 2009, Shreveport-Bossier has been featured in USA Today Weekend, the Miami Herald, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, Convention South Magazine, Group Tour Magazine and others.

The national media is turning its attention to Shreveport-Bossier and all the wonderful things happening in the area.

In 2009, Shreveport-Bossier has been featured in USA Today Weekend, the Miami Herald, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, Convention South Magazine, Group Tour Magazine and others.

The northwest part of the state, in and around Shreveport-Bossier City, is a little different than the rest of Louisiana. It’s a mixture of the wide-open Texas spirit and the spicy Cajun attitude. Where cowboy meets Creole. Where spicy Louisiana crawfish meet big Texas t-bone steaks.

Their unique blend of cultures has a tendency to sneak up and surprise you. You come there expecting to explore the vast musical heritage, but it’s not just jazz, it’s country, bluegrass and folk music too. You expect the bright lights and fast action of the casinos, but excellent shopping and family entertainment is all around. If you’re looking for a getaway that’s full of variety and offers a taste for life, you’ve come to the right place.

Louisiana’s other side is a term we use to describe the location in the state and the unique combination of Louisiana Cajun culture and East Texas cowboy heritage. On the surface there are a lot of obvious reasons people are drawn to northwest Louisiana. From the glittering excitement of the casinos, the wonderful array of festivals, the mouth -watering local cuisine, fantastic shopping and numerous outdoor activities, to the museums and attractions – this area has all the necessary ingredients for a memorable getaway. That’s what makes northwest Louisiana a hot destination. But that’s not all there is to “Louisiana’s Other Side.”

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