tourism http://wrkf.org en TUESDAY: Renée Areng, John Kennedy, Timothy Muffitt, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-ren-e-areng-john-kennedy-timothy-muffitt-yi-jia-susanne-hou <div>Today on the show, <a href="http://www.visitbatonrouge.com/" target="_blank">Visit Baton Rouge</a> Executive Vice President Renée Areng talks about the city's tourism and the huge events coming like the Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><br />State Treasurer John Kennedy calls in with his concerns about the fact that Governor Bobby Jindal's financing plan to privatize state-owned hospitals has been rejected by the federal government. Kennedy is also on a mission to get people on board to support a bill that would cut the number of consulting contracts in Louisiana.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><br />Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the <a href="http://www.brso.org/" target="_blank">Baton Rouge Symphony</a>'s Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's&nbsp;playing in-studio.&nbsp;Muffitt&nbsp;says they'll be using Twitter to express what is happening during the show. You can follow on Twitter: @BRSymphony or by using the hashtag #brsoravel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Jim Engster 26199 at http://wrkf.org Tourism Giveth, Yet the Budget Taketh Away http://wrkf.org/post/tourism-giveth-yet-budget-taketh-away <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Senate Finance Committee got an outline of the proposed state budget Monday, and Houma Senator Norby Chaubert was curious about something.</p><p>“I notice that the majority of the statewide offices saw an increase in funding,” Chaubert said. “But I did not see the Lieutenant Governor’s budget getting any bump.”</p><p>The Lieutenant Governor’s office, which oversees the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, is indeed struggling to make ends meet. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24230 at http://wrkf.org Tourism Giveth, Yet the Budget Taketh Away BR Hotels Rake In $2.54 Million Over Super Bowl Weekend http://wrkf.org/post/br-hotels-rake-254-million-over-super-bowl-weekend <p>Super Bowl XLVIIgenerated a major boost for Baton Rouge tourism. That’s according to Smith Travel Research, which tracks hotel occupancy nationwide, and capital city tourism officials are pleased with the numbers.<br> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:37:59 +0000 Ashley Westerman 6509 at http://wrkf.org BR Gets Tourism Bump From Super Bowl Spill-Over http://wrkf.org/post/br-gets-tourism-bump-super-bowl-spill-over <p>Preliminary data from the <a href="http://www.neworleansonline.com/notmc/aboutus.html">New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation</a> shows Super Bowl XLVII brought an estimated 150,000 visitors to New Orleans, and is expected to rake in an estimated $432 million for the city’s economy.</p><p>Just about 80 miles up the road here in the capital city, tourism spill-over from the Super Bowl-boom gave Baton Rouge a bit of an economic bump as well.</p><p><a href="http://www.visitbatonrouge.com/">Visit Baton Rouge</a> President and CEO Paul Arrigo says Baton Rouge started planning for Super Bowl 2013 in 2009, when New Orleans was initially chosen for the site.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:42:05 +0000 Ashley Westerman 5701 at http://wrkf.org BR Gets Tourism Bump From Super Bowl Spill-Over Lt. Gov. Criticizes Jindal, Looks Forward to 2016 http://wrkf.org/post/lt-gov-criticizes-jindal-looks-forward-2016 <p>Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is looking ahead to 2016. At the Baton Rouge Press Club today, Dardenne anticipated that Gov. Jindal would be running for president and indicated he would consider running to be the chief executive of Louisiana. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:02:42 +0000 Lisa Lovello 2484 at http://wrkf.org