- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is launching a statewide tour next week to promote Louisiana’s tourism efforts and to celebrate National Tourism Week.

The Republican lieutenant governor, in office since January, will have multiple stops at visitors’ centers, historic sites and other tourist locations around Louisiana from Monday through Friday.

He’ll begin Monday in Port Allen and wrap up the tour Friday in Lake Charles. Other stops include Lafayette, St. Francisville, New Orleans, Houma, Morgan City, Opelousas, Alexandria, Natchitoches, Ruston, Monroe, Shreveport and Lacassine.

Nungesser will be traveling in a van wrapped in the state’s current tourism marketing campaign and statistics and posting about his travels on Twitter and Facebook.

Tourism was an $11.5 billion industry for the state last year, with Louisiana drawing nearly 29 million visitors in 2015.

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