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New Year, New Tourism Offerings Along the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, January 2017 – Visitors to the Louisiana coast come to this unique area for many reasons, including the area’s rich cultural heritage and fascinating history. Of course they also flock to the coast for the abundance of outdoor activities and to get some good old-fashioned R&R.

History Comes to Life Along the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, September 2016 – Every year, travelers flock to the Louisiana Coast for the natural beauty, fresh seafood and friendly folks the area is famous for. But just as important is the fascinating history here, which spans centuries and is comprised of tales of war heroes and entrepreneurs…as well as smugglers and pirates. Visitors can immerse themselves in the area’s history by visiting historic sites and museums that tell the tales of the people behind the places. Following are a few examples of history coming to life along the Louisiana Coast.

Louisiana Black Bear Is Among the Interesting Animals Found Along the Coast

Louisiana Coast, March 10, 2016 – Part of the appeal of a visit to coastal Louisiana is the fact that its geography and climate make it a haven for a wide variety of animals – countless birds, plenty of alligators and even a special type of black bear. Visitors to the region have the opportunity to spot many rare species up close, and the 11 parishes that belong to the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC) feature dozens of parks, swamps and sanctuaries that are home to animals that are often difficult to find anywhere else.

It’ll Be Music to Your Ears

Louisiana Coast, June 2016 – Louisiana is famous for the abundance of musical styles developed here, as well as for its far-reaching influence on music that spans more than a century. The state is, of course, the home of jazz, and is often credited as the birthplace of the genre. But all along the Louisiana coast, the exuberant dance music styles of Cajun and Zydeco rule, especially with the French-speaking Louisianans that live there.

The Great Outdoors Beckons Along the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, May 2016 – The unique geography of the Louisiana Coast, which makes up more than 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands, is one of the main draws for visitors to this beautiful and environmentally diverse area. As for how to get out and explore this fascinating habitat, opportunities abound. Boat tours and kayak trips allow for an up-close and interactive look at the swamps, marshes and bayous the crisscross the coast, while winding nature trails offer a glimpse at the abundant flora and fauna found here at a more relaxed pace.

Cajun Culture Can Be Found All Along Louisiana’s Coast

Louisiana Coast, February 2016 – For many visitors, a journey along Louisiana’s coast is like a trip to another land. It’s not uncommon to hear French – wait, is that French? – being spoken as often as English. There are unique customs, superstitions and celebrations, many of which are tied to Roman Catholicism. Red, white and blue flags can be seen everywhere, but it’s not the Stars and Stripes. Everyone here seems to have a musical gift that they’re not shy about sharing; if they’re not playing a fiddle or accordion, they’re encouraging you to get up and dance with them.

Louisiana’s Coastal Parishes Prepare for Mardi Gras

Coastal Louisiana is home to family-friendly Mardi Gras fun.

Louisiana Coast, January 2016 – It’s one of the most fabulous and festive times of year in coastal Louisiana, and the excitement is increasing each day. Locals are assembling elaborate costumes and masks, but it’s not Halloween. They’re organizing spectacular parades, but it’s not a bowl game. And they’re preparing an array of delicious foods, but it’s not Thanksgiving. It’s almost as if all of those special events get rolled into one – with a dash of Louisiana culture thrown in for good measure.

Ten Years After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Coastal Louisiana Shares Its Recovery Stories

Louisiana Coast, August 2015 – There are certain names that elicit chills when they’re uttered. Along the coast of Louisiana, “Katrina” and “Rita,” two devastating hurricanes that forever altered this region during the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, fall into that category, immediately conjuring memories of sadness and destruction.

Discover Culinary Delights Along the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, June 2015 – Food-inspired travel is a growing trend that has vacationers flocking to culinary destinations seeking interesting, novel and of course, delicious, cuisine. Many culinary travelers roam far and wide to sample authentic local dishes that highlight the culture, heritage and agriculture of the region—essentially getting a history and geography lesson in one tasty bite.

Jean Lafitte National Park Sites Along the Louisiana Coast Interpret the Region’s History and Culture

Louisiana Coast, May 2015 – A key part of what makes coastal Louisiana so special is its people, whose courage, tenacity and resiliency are among their most distinguishing characteristics. These people have thrived in a climate that is itself unique and distinctive, helping to create a history and culture that is especially fascinating. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve celebrates all the elements that help define this region and its inhabitants.

2015 Brings New Tourism Offerings to the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, March 2015 – A visit to the Louisiana coast offers a little bit of everything for just about everyone: rich cultural heritage; miles and miles of natural beauty in the swamps, deltas and bayous that define the area’s geography; freshly caught seafood; friendly folks with fascinating histories; and lots of fishing, hiking, birding, boating, camping, and paddling.

Step Back in History with Plantation Tours Along the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, November 2014 – Historic plantation houses located along Louisiana’s coast offer a fascinating look at a crucial period in the history of the American South—just before and during the Civil War. During their halcyon days in the early to mid-1800s, most Louisiana plantations produced sugar cane—referred to at the time as “white gold”—which provided their owners with the kind of vast wealth it took to build these lavish estates.

Louisiana Coast Marks the Bicentennial of the Battle that Ended the War of 1812

Louisiana Coast, November 2014 – The coast of Louisiana has long been known for its delicious seafood, charming residents and natural beauty … but it’s also the site of events that forever changed the course of American history. Among these was the Battle of New Orleans, considered the greatest American land victory during the War of 1812. Fought in the town of Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish on January 8, 1815, this is the battle in which U.S.

The Louisiana Coast Is Wild About the “Rougarou”

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Louisiana Coast, September 2014 – The Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition’s mission isn’t just about promoting tourism to the 10 parishes that touch the Gulf of Mexico; it’s also about preserving the unique culture of the area and finding ways to invite others to experience the stories and traditions that make this region among the most fascinating in the United States. Coastal Louisiana is rife with legends … practically one for every day of the year.

Coastal Louisiana Is an Angler’s Paradise Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing

Louisiana Coast, May 2014 – Whether cruising down a bayou or heading out for an exhilarating offshore charter boat adventure, anglers of all ages and experience levels will find exceptional fishing all along the Louisiana Coast. In fact, 3,000 miles of shoreline, ample sources of freshwater, millions of acres of marsh, and the fertile waters of the Gulf of Mexico mean that coastal Louisiana boasts some of the best and most diverse fishing in the world.

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What to Know About Alligators on the Louisiana Coast … from A to Z

Louisiana Coast, April 2014 – Louisiana is home to some fascinating species of wildlife … but probably none gets more attention than the American alligator, which was designated the official state reptile in 1983. That should come as no surprise, since in some parts of the state alligators outnumber humans; in the case of Cameron Parish in the southwest corner, for example, it’s by a ratio of 10 to one!

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Louisiana’s Coast Is Just Winging It

The brown pelican is Louisiana's state bird.

Louisiana Coast, March 2014 – The appeal of the coastal parishes of Louisiana isn’t limited to human visitors; this region also welcomes an overwhelming number of feathered friends year round … but especially in the spring. During spring migration, the coast of Louisiana is the first land mass that birds encounter as they arrive from Central America and other locales.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Family-Friendly Events on the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Coast, February 2014 – Parades, costumes, and king cake are just a few elements that mark the Mardi Gras season in Louisiana. Though New Orleans typically comes to mind as the Mardi Gras capital, parishes all across the Louisiana coast celebrate carnival season with an array of special events. But what sets Mardi Gras in coastal Louisiana apart from the New Orleans version is that the coastal celebrations radiate a truly family-friendly atmosphere, ensuring that participants of all ages can enjoy this special time of year.

A Seasonal Taste of Louisiana Can Be Yours

King Cakes Can Be Shipped from the Louisiana Coast All Across the U.S.

ONE VOICE, LOUD TO THE NATION

The Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition is an alliance of the tourism leaders of the ten most-impacted parishes of the BP oil spill disaster. These are the parishes that are at Ground Zero and they include Calcasieu/Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and Vermillion parishes. Our coalition represents the charter fishermen, marina owners, coastal lodge owners, parks, wildlife refuges and owners of outdoor attractions, all who have been decimated by the BP oil spill disaster.

Presentation of LTCC recovery plan and nature-based tourism program

BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, October 28, Lt. Governor Scott Angelle will host the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC) as they present their strategy for increasing tourism in Louisiana’s coastal parishes. The LTCC was awarded $5 Million of the $15 million tourism recovery grant from BP. The presentation will include a report on their progress since receiving the funds and their action plan for increasing tourism. The LTCC’s TV ads will also be premiered. Additionally, Lt.

Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition Calls State and BP Negotiations “Tremendous Success”

Mandeville, LA. – Kristin McLaren Mickal, Executive Director of the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition, called the negotiations by Lt. Governor Scott A. Angelle with BP a tremendous success for reviving coastal tourism.
Last week, Lt. Governor Angelle announced a plan by which BP funding in the amount of $15 million would be shared by coastal parishes over an 18-month period. That negotiation was a dramatic departure from the original $6 million offered to the parishes for tourism loss mitigation over a three-year period.