Natchitoches, La (KMSS) — Vacationers in Natchitoches are nothing new, even on a Thursday morning they can be found walking up and down the brick streets.
But when Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne sees these people, he sees a bustling economy and not people trying to relax.
In 2012, 26.3 million visitors spend $10.7 billion in Louisiana. Tourism is so strong in the state, 1 in 10 people works in the tourism or hospitality industry in the state.
For a small town, Natchitoches takes quite a share of the statewide totals. They estimate to have over a million visitors annually, bringing in about $65 million in tax dollars alone.
Local business owners make money from tourists, but they're not the only people that benefit from the tourism dollars. The sales tax goes to fun the school board, police, firemen and Sheriff's office, all of which benefit all residents.