"Expanding " tourism in downtown NI - KLFY News 10

"Expanding " tourism in downtown NI

Posted: Updated:
  • More on KLFY.comMore>>

  • The Most Cajun Place on Earth

    The Most Cajun Place on Earth

    The people of Vermilion Parish feel they're the heart and soul of Cajun country. And they're hoping tourists will 'Laissez les bons temps rouler' like the Cajuns do. "Trying to get people to come backMore >>
    The people of Vermilion Parish feel they're the heart and soul of Cajun country. And they're hoping tourists will 'Laissez les bons temps rouler' like the Cajuns do.More >>
  • Lafayette's tourism industry going digital

    Lafayette's tourism industry going digital

    These days, it seems like social media is used by everyone-everywhere. And now on board is the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission. They're tapping into new media to connect with the world. ForgetMore >>
    Forget magazines and travel pamphlets, people can now experience Lafayette like never before.More >>
  • Years in the making

    Years in the making

    Downtown Kaplan is set to get a new look, aimed at making life easier for the elderly and handicapped. The nearly half million dollar project is phase one of the downtown beautification project. ThroughMore >>
    Downtown Kaplan is set to get a new look, aimed at making life easier for the elderly and handicapped.More >>
  • Iberia Parish inmates growing, selling own food

    Iberia Parish inmates growing, selling own food

    If you've been enjoying fresh okra at your favorite local restaurant lately you may have inmates at the Iberia Parish Jail to thank for it. Just yards from their cells they are growing organic produceMore >>
    If you've been enjoying fresh okra at your favorite local restaurant lately you may have inmates at the Iberia Parish Jail to thank for it.More >>
  • New Tourism Campaign

    New Tourism Campaign

    Louisiana's newest campaign to attract out-of-state tourists centers on the state's rich musical heritage. Jazz, zydeco, swamp pop and brass bands are featured in the series of 30-second TV commercials,More >>
    Louisiana's newest campaign to attract out-of-state tourists centers on the state's rich musical heritage.More >>

You might have seen the Louisiana Office of Tourism's commercial this year touting the 25 million visitors that ate, drank, danced and spent big money in the Pelican state last year. Thanks to attractions like the Bayou Teche Museum in downtown New Iberia, which could literally become an even bigger sight to see in coming years.

Tourism, it's an essential part of the Louisiana economy. And one of the most highly touted stops for sightseers is right here, at the Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia.

"Day-to-day activity we are finding is most of the time out of towners, international visitors and out of state visitors." said outgoing museum director Tasha Dugas.

But outgoing museum director Tasha Dugas says even with all the stills, Mardi Gras costumes and musical instruments the museum still has more to share with tourists. So, museum board president, Larry Hensgens, and private donors are looking to expand.

It was a long shot but private donors purchased this space next to the museum for $188,000 once it's refurbished and connected to the museum. Hensgens says it will feature educational tools like a library rotating exhibit and even a classroom.

"We are expecting the cost of the expansion between half a million and $700,000," said Hensgens.

But Hensgens says dozens of private donors who supplement the majority costs of the existing museum are working to find private funding but still aren't sure when or exactly how they will get it.

"It goes to show you just how important I think this community feels this museum is and makes a contribution to this community." said Hensgens.

Powered by WorldNow

1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509

Telephone: 337.981.4823
Fax: 337.984.8323
Email: tip10@klfy.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Louisiana, Inc. A Media General Company.