"International visitors stay longer and spend more money. That is a win for the state as tourism in Louisiana brings a return on investment of $40 for every $1 spent,” said Nungesser.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is leading a mission to promote Louisiana tourism in Germany and the United Kingdom. Seventeen tourism partners will accompany Nungesser on the trip along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism.

Officials will also promote the direct flights to both Berlin and London out of the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. Nungesser said this is the perfect time to promote international travel to the Bayou State.

“The first year of seasonal flights from Germany is wrapping up and now is the time to start getting people excited about all the authentic experiences in our state," Nungesser said, "Additionally, the success of the British Airways direct flights from London has created the need for a fifth day of service to New Orleans each week. As we prepare for the Tricentennial of New Orleans and the 150th anniversary of Tabasco, the favorite hot sauce of Queen Elizabeth, now is the time for a focused push in the UK.”

Louisiana ranked second in the nation for overall growth in international travel from 2014 to 2015. Over the same period, New Orleans saw the largest increase of any city in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel & Tourism Office under the International Trade Administration. Nungesser said international visitation to the state has seen a 37 percent increase, which is great news for Louisiana.

"International visitors stay longer and spend more money. That is a win for the state as tourism in Louisiana brings a return on investment of $40 for every $1 spent,” said Nungesser.

Nungesser will host events, make radio appearances, and meet with German officials during the visit. He is set to tour Condor Airlines headquarters to discuss ways to advertise the direct flights to New Orleans. Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston said the opportunity to meet with travel agents and tour operators is invaluable to increasing international visitation to Louisiana.

“On this mission, we have a great mix of partners ready to showcase what Louisiana has to experience once a Condor Airline flight arrives in New Orleans,” said Edmiston.

After the meetings in Germany, the delegation will travel to the U.K. to meet with travel agents, media, and tour operators before returning to Louisiana.

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