The mission of the Office of Tourism is to promote and assist the expansion of tourism and the tourism industry; to increase employment opportunities through the orderly development of tourism facilities; to invite visitors to the state; and to conduct an ongoing promotional campaign of information to create and sustain a positive image and understanding of Louisiana. The goals of the Office of Tourism are:
1. To increase the economic impact of travel on the state and
2. To increase the awareness of Louisiana as a travel destination.
The Office of Tourism has four programs: Administration, Marketing, Welcome Centers and Consumer Information Services.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $43,403 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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