Tourism by the Numbers

Local Tourism is Big Business

Tourism for Shreveport-Bossier is big business. The economic power of tourism fuels hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, event venues, gas stations, printing companies and more. The benefits of tourism greatly improve our community’s quality of life, provide tax savings and expand the job base. Here are some quick facts about tourism in Shreveport-Bossier, Caddo and Bossier Parishes:

  • Shreveport-Bossier has nearly 11,000 hotel rooms
  • For the year 2013, tourism in Caddo and Bossier parishes generated $38.24 million in tax receipts for the state and $21.9 million in tax receipts for local governments*
  • The community boasts one horseracing track, six casinos, 45 family attractions, and 50 annual events

Shreveport-Bossier has four Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Events

  • Mudbug Madness Festival
  • Let the Good Times Roll Festival
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
  • Red River Revel Arts Festival

Shreveport-Bossier has two American Bus Association Top 100 Events

  • Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Bash
  • Mudbug Madness Festival

Visitors spent $906 million in Caddo and Bossier Parishes in 2013, an increase of three percent from the previous year. Those same visitors left behind $60 million in state and local taxes, an increase of five percent from the previous year.

*Source: Economic Impact of Travel on Louisiana Parishes 2014