Two parishes in southeast Louisiana are launching a joint promotion to draw tourists from one another. In Tangipahoa Parish, north of New Orleans, and Lafourche Parish, southwest of the city, tourism officials that have joined forces, encouraging visits from the other. Each has posted suggested itineraries for day-trips or overnight getaways. Suggested itineraries for Lafourche include the parish’s Cajun Bayou Food Trail, which highlights restaurants featuring Cajun cuisine. It also includes outdoor activities like airboat tours and local cultural spots. Tangipahoa Parish is highlighting its Global Wildlife Center, where visitors can hand-feed animals. Also featured are pumpkin-picking at local farms and the annual Louisiana Renaissance Fest.
Carla Tate, executive director of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the parishes have a lot in common, including wonderful outdoor adventures, delicious food and fabulous festivals. The joint effort is called the Explore More campaign, and tourism officials said it was driven in part by a challenge issued by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser for Louisiana’s tourism entities to find innovative ways to partner with each other.