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Shreveport-Bossier Tourism "Booming" in 2006!

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According to Stacy Brown of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, 2006 has been a phenomenal year for tourism in Shreveport-Bossier. Tthe Bureau should be able to help continue this rise in tourism with a larger budget for 2007 of $3.1 million. The Bureau also hopes to be able to expand their downtown visitors' center to better serve the people visiting from other areas. For the record, this is the Convention and Tourist Bureau's Visitors Center, and not the new Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center just 2 blocks away.

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In late 2005 two hurricanes threw some opportunities the bureau's way. With south Louisiana evacuees filling hotels and motels for months, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau had no idea what to expect in terms of revenue for the last four months of 2005. Although they came out ahead in terms of revenue, they still had trouble with convention groups and visitors canceling plans because they were left with the impression Shreveport-Bossier City was "closed" for business. So the bureau launched an extensive national media campaign to say Shreveport-Bossier City is open for business, and it worked, said Brown.

And finally, the article:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...70356/1002/NEWS

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According to Stacy Brown of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, 2006 has been a phenomenal year for tourism in Shreveport-Bossier. Tthe Bureau should be able to help continue this rise in tourism with a larger budget for 2007 of $3.1 million. The Bureau also hopes to be able to expand their downtown visitors' center to better serve the people visiting from other areas. For the record, this is the Convention and Tourist Bureau's Visitors Center, and not the new Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center just 2 blocks away.

An excerpt:

In late 2005 two hurricanes threw some opportunities the bureau's way. With south Louisiana evacuees filling hotels and motels for months, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau had no idea what to expect in terms of revenue for the last four months of 2005. Although they came out ahead in terms of revenue, they still had trouble with convention groups and visitors canceling plans because they were left with the impression Shreveport-Bossier City was "closed" for business. So the bureau launched an extensive national media campaign to say Shreveport-Bossier City is open for business, and it worked, said Brown.

And finally, the article:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...70356/1002/NEWS

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Also, if you ever walk through the parking structures for any of the casinos, you often see license plates from Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and sometimes other states.

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For whatever reason, I see a lot of plates from places like Kansas, ALASKA, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and even Nevada. These states all stick out in my mind because they seem unusual at our casinos.

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For whatever reason, I see a lot of plates from places like Kansas, ALASKA, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and even Nevada. These states all stick out in my mind because they seem unusual at our casinos.

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Also keep in mind the amout of people brought here by Barksdale. Most of the time when I see way out of state plates I attribute them to Barksdale. Now that being said, I am by no means saying that all of them are from Barksdale. A lot of the time people's relatives are coming in town too. The people of SBC are so proud of what we have going on we show it off to our out of state visitors. Even tonight, I went to Shogun's for dinner, there were people at our table planning where to take some relatives they had visiting. I have even promoted our town while I am out of town. Recently I promoted SBC in Dallas to a couple from Oklahoma while sitting around the hotel pool. I even promote it to my friends in Monroe who never came here much. When I am out, I try to spread the word and keep the tourism booming!

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Ooh did you go to the nice, new Shogun in Bossier? I love that place! :D

Yeah Barksdale and family definitely could play a part for sure!

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Yes, the one in Bossier. I love it there also. I used to always go to Shreveport to eat there, but am happy that BC now has one. Alex (the sushi chef and manager) transferred from Shreveport to BC when this one opened. We have been eating his sushi for a while now! Afterwards we took my daughter to see Flushed Away at the Boardwalk.

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Very cool, sounds like a nice evening!

I'm glad Bossier has a Shogun now too.

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I guess the only thing I hate about it is the flashing green sign. That thing drives me nuts!!!

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This can only be good for local tourism. It has Eldorado and Horseshoe as a couple of its "Top Poker Rooms in the U.S."

Eldorado Casino

Horseshoe Casino

I do see one error in the Horseshoe article, and here it is:

"When Jack Binion first bought the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, it was doubtful that even his wide imagination could envision what the chain would become. If he could see what his creation has become, he would look upon this mini empire with pride."

Does that not make it sound as if Jack Binion is dead? He's very much alive and is still heavily involved in the Bossier City property, which is now owned by Harrah's.

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For whatever reason, I see a lot of plates from places like Kansas, ALASKA, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and even Nevada. These states all stick out in my mind because they seem unusual at our casinos.

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