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LSU Game to be broadcasted in Spanish

September 30, 2011 Latest News

*From:* Michael Bonnette *Sent:* Friday, September 30, 2011 11:25 AM *Subject:* HISTORIA! LSU-KENTUCKY GAME TO BE BROADCAST IN SPANISH **** ** ** *LSU SPORTS INFORMATION* *For Immediate Release September 30, 2011* * * *HISTORIA! LSU-KENTUCKY GAME TO BE BROADCAST IN SPANISH * ** ** BATON ROUGE – Historia (or history) will be made on Saturday as for the first time, an LSU football game in Tiger Stadium will be broadcast on the radio in Spanish, LSU Sports Properties announced this week. **** ** ** The game can be heard on KDDK 105.5 FM in the Baton Rouge area and KGLA 1540 AM and KGLA 105.7 FM in the New Orleans area. Saturday’s broadcast starts at 11 a.m. **** ** ** "We are so excited for our listeners and our growing Hispanic community in southeast Louisiana to be able to bring the excitement of LSU Football in their own language," said Ernesto Schweikert, General Manager of KGLA and KDDK radio. “Viva Los Tigres de LSU!”**** ** ** Schweikeirt, who was the first Spanish broadcaster for the New Orleans Saints from 1992-95, will be joined on the broadcast by former Tiger linebacker Carlos Hornbrook and James Vilas. **** ** ** Hornbrook, a native of Ecuador, was a member of LSU’s Orange Bowl team in 1982. Vilas graduated from LSU in 1985 and was a member of the school’s men’s soccer club. **** ** ** The Kentucky game is the first of at least two LSU home games that will be broadcast in Spanish this season. The Western Kentucky game on Nov. 12 will also be broadcast in Spanish.  **** ** ** --30—**** ** ** Lsu.ftball**** 9-30-11**** ** ** Contact: Michael Bonnette**** 225.578.8226**** ****

LTFS Grand Opening in Baton Rouge

September 12, 2011 Latest News


Louisiana Tax Free Shopping opens first Baton Rouge area refund center

BATON ROUGE – International visitors to Louisiana will enjoy the convenience of Baton Rouge’s first tax-free shopping refund center when it opens on September 15, 2011.  The refund center processes the paperwork for eligible shoppers to receive cash refunds for sales taxes under the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program for International Visitors (LTFS).  The Baton Rouge refund center joins existing ones in Lafayette, Metairie, New Orleans and Shreveport. Macy’s in the Mall of Louisiana is the location of the Baton Rouge LTFS refund center. “Retail shopping is one of the top activities for international visitors to Louisiana,” said LTFS Executive Director Denise Thevenot.  “We’re excited to partner with Macy’s to give visitors another convenient way to enjoy the tax-free shopping program.” The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program, started in 1989, provides international visitors with an exemption from sales taxes for most retail purchases.  In order to be eligible for the program, a visitor must be travelling on a foreign passport with a current U.S. tourist visa and staying in the country for less than 90 days. Normal operating hours for the Baton Rouge refund center are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. LTFS will hold a grand opening celebration for the Baton Rouge refund center on Tuesday, September 27: 10:00 a.m. Macy’s Mall of Louisiana 6401 Bluebonnet Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70836 For more information, call 504-471-2777 or visit

Principles To Guide The Next Decade for Travel in America

August 25, 2011 Latest News

The approaching tenth anniversary of 9/11 provides an opportunity to position our industry and help frame the coming retrospectives and look-ahead coverage in a way that is beneficial to travel.  I took the opportunity today to discuss with the media the impact that fateful day has had on our industry and to outline a series of forward-thinking principles developed by the U.S. Travel Association that will strengthen security and help eliminate barriers that are discouraging travel to and within the United States. With a focus on reducing traveler wait times, improving customer service, and replacing a one-size-fits-all approach with a risk-based approach, the principles strike a balance between security and travel facilitation.  We must continue keeping travelers safe with the highest level of security, but we must incorporate principles that improve facilitation and encourage travel while minimizing the burden on travelers. The Sobering Impact of 9/11 International travel has represented a lost opportunity for the U.S. economy and American jobs since 9/11. While global long-haul travel grew 40 percent from 2000 to 2010, overseas travel to the United States during this same timeframe rose just two percent. Despite more travelers worldwide, our slice of the pie shrunk, with U.S. market share of the global travel market dropping from 17 percent in 2000 to 12.4 percent in 2010. If America had simply kept pace with the growth in global long-haul international travel in the decade after 9/11, 78 million more travelers would have visited the United States, adding a total of $606 billion to the U.S. economy and supporting more than 467,000 additional U.S. jobs annually. The past decade has been difficult as well for business travel, with total volume declining 21 percent between 2000 and 2010. This was due to the immediate impact of 9/11 and by the meetings crisis in the late 2000s. Business travel returned to growth mode in 2010, increasing nearly 4 percent, and growth is expected through 2014, although at a much slower rate ranging from 1.2 percent to 1.7 percent annually. Leisure travel has been quite resilient in the decade since 9/11, with leisure travel volume increasing 17 percent since 2000, despite a few years of negative growth. This growth underscores the importance of travel to Americans. Slow but steady growth of about 2 percent annually is expected through 2014. The Way Forward With the domestic economy again appearing to decelerate, attracting more international visitors to the United States and improving the TSA security experience will play an important role in creating job opportunities for Americans. Implementing the principles set forth today by the U.S. Travel Association to reduce wait times, improve customer service and replace a one-size-fits-all approach will help make America more secure and competitive in the global marketplace. Thank you for your contributions during the past decade in helping our industry thrive during challenging times, and your commitment to helping it thrive in the decade ahead. Sincerely, Roger Dow President and CEO

2nd Amendment Weekend

August 23, 2011 Latest News

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal urged hunters and campers to take advantage of the 2011 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday that runs Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4. Governor Jindal said, “This is a great opportunity for all hunters and campers to save money on the equipment they need to enjoy Sportsman’s Paradise. The weekend-long event will also bring more customers to our local hunting and sporting stores which will further benefit our businesses and Louisiana’s economy.” A wide range of supplies is eligible for exemption from all state and local sales taxes.  Eligible items include:

  • Shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers or other handguns
  • Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm
  • Accessories designed to be used for hunting
  • Apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear for use while hunting
  • Off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed for hunting.  The exemption does not apply to golf carts, bikes, motorcycles, tractors, or motor vehicles which may be legally driven on highways

In 2009, Governor Jindal signed a bill into law authorizing an annual “sales tax holiday” for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies Visit for more information including the full list of eligible items and special provisions of this sales tax holiday.

Tour De Jefferson 2011

August 15, 2011 Latest News

Last year’s ride included 650 riders, great food, fabulous entertainment and a wonderful ride through 45 scenic miles of west Jefferson. The ride starts at Bayou Segnette, up the Mississippi River Trail, through the Jean Lafitte National Park and finally to the Town of Lafitte and back. Click Here for more Info and Pictures