The mission of the Office of Tourism is to promote, encourage and assist the tourism industry in the State of Louisiana through nationwide marketing, statewide welcome centers and by providing consumer information services to potential visitors to the State of Louisiana. The goals of the Office of Tourism are:
1. Provide leadership and supports services to the department and to increase tourism by coordinating the efforts of the various programs within the agency.
2. Reach as many potential tourists in the state, in the nation and in the world with an invitation to visit Louisiana.
3. Prolong the stay of the many visitors who enter the state on its highways.
4. Respond to potential visitor requests as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
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, $120,130 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1997-1998 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 1997-1998 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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