Sue Lincoln

Much attention has been paid to the Governor’s race, but who will become the proverbial “one heartbeat away” from Louisiana’s chief executive?

Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden are the runoff contenders for the job, which duties focus primarily on tourism. Monday, at the Baton Rouge Press Club, each was asked about his goals for the first term, if elected.

Nungesser said he’ll focus on, “Putting a plan together to restore our historical sites, our museums, and growing tourism ten percent a year over the next four years, creating thousands of jobs and economic growth.”

Holden has a different take on the job’s responsibilities.

Today on the show, Visit Baton Rouge 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. 

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. 

Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the Baton Rouge Symphony's Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's playing in-studio. Muffitt 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. 



The Senate Finance Committee got an outline of the proposed state budget Monday, and Houma Senator Norby Chaubert was curious about something.

“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.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s office, which oversees the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, is indeed struggling to make ends meet.

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.

Baton Rouge promoted its accommodations to Super Bowl fans.
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Preliminary data from the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation 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.

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.

Visit Baton Rouge 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.

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