Acadiana Business

Number Crunch: $15.1 billion

by Leslie Turk

Amount Louisiana consumers spend annually on outdoor recreation The Outdoor Industry Association says Louisiana consumers spend $15.1 billion annually on outdoor recreation, supporting 146,000 direct jobs in the state and generating $4.6 billion in wages. The spending creates $1.1 billion in taxes for local and state coffers.

The association says the state offers spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities at destinations like Kisatchie National Forest, Chicot State Park and many others, bringing in dollars from residents and out-of-state visitors alike. OIA calls outdoor recreation an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.

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