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The Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 2020 13U and 14U Dixie World Series Championship tournaments on July 31-August 5. Players from across the country will compete for the championship title.

All games will be played at the Sterlington Sports Complex. There will be a total of 12 teams per division competing for the championship title.


The host teams are from Sterlington and are coached by Ben Sheets (13U) and Greg Ramsey (14U).


J. Stephen Conn /

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser closed out the Lt. Governor’s Annual Travel Summit in Baton Rouge on a high note, recognizing the 2019 Travel Champions and True Louisiana Ambassadors. Additionally, the Lt. Governor made several announcements about the state of tourism in Louisiana, including the number of hotel rooms statewide eclipsing the 100,000 mark; the addition of three new golf courses to the Audubon Golf Trail bringing the total number on the trail to 18; and, an international sales mission to Australia in 2020.

New Louisiana Film Trail website; state plans more

Sep 4, 2018
Mike Knewston / /

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's new film trail runs from New Orleans and Elvis Presley's "King Creole" to northwest Louisiana's "Bonnie and Clyde" museum, by way of the home for "Steel Magnolias."

"People love to take their pictures at a place where a movie was," said Doug Bourgeois, assistant secretary over tourism in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. People attending the Essence Festival in July even asked where to find the nonexistent Bourbon Street zip line, shown in the comedy "Girls Trip," he said Friday.

Darrell Miller / /

“Feed Your Soul” is the new brand Louisiana will use to promote tourism to the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser hopes the slogan will target travelers who are in constant pursuit of enjoyment.


Feed Your Soul replaces Pick Your Passion, which has been used for the past seven years. Nungesser says the new brand is the culmination of six months of rebranding research and analysis and the goal is to bring visitors who want to be in the moment.


Jason Mrachina / /

A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.

University of New Orleans' Hospitality Research Center says last year's visitors spent $7.41 billion dollars. That's 51 percent more than the amount spent in 2004, and 5.1 percent above the spending record set in 2015.

The study, made for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., was released Thursday.