TODAY: EatLafayette Press Conference
June 18, 2009
(337) 235-2924 Ext. 18
Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission
Fifth Annual EatLafayette Press Conference Today
(Lafayette, La.) - The fifth annual EatLafayette campaign promotes locally owned restaurants in Lafayette Parish. The campaign is funded with a grant from the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, sponsorships from local and national businesses and a nominal fee from each restaurant. A multi-media campaign will promote the restaurants and any specials they are offering as a part of the event.
The official Web site, www.eatlafayette.com, has a complete listing of all of the participating restaurants. The campaign runs June 22-August 15, 2009.
What: Press Conference
When: Today, June 18, 2009
Where: Petroleum Club
111 Heymann Boulevard,
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
Taste of EatLafayette Restaurants at Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours
Charlie Goodson, Charley Gs and Co-Chair EatLafayette
Elaine Alderman, Riverside Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn and Co-Chair
Gerald Breaux, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and Co-Chair EatLafayette
Joey Durel, City-Parish President
Business After Hours is sponsored and funded by: Petroleum Club, Coca-Cola, Republic Beverage, Bon Temps Magazine, Gulf Brew and the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission.
Louisiana Restaurant Economic Impact Information
• Restaurants in Louisiana have an annual economic impact of $9.9 billion.
• Every $1 spent in restaurants in Louisiana generates an additional $1.05 in sales for other industries in the state.
• Tax revenue generated by the Louisiana restaurant industry is more than $134 million annually.
• There are approximately 10,700 eating-and-drinking places in Louisiana.
• By 2017, employment in the restaurant industry in Louisiana is expected to increase 20.4%.
• The restaurant industry is the state’s largest private retail employer, providing jobs to 145,000 Louisiana residents, and another 55,000 whose jobs supply the industry. These figures represent 10.4% of total private employment in the state.
• Restaurant sales per capita in Louisiana are $1,189.
• There are approximately 850 restaurants in the Lafayette area, with more than 15,000 employees.
• The Lafayette area is the third largest market for restaurants in Louisiana behind New Orleans (#1) and Baton Rouge (#2).
• Approximately 7 percent of Lafayette’s population works in the restaurant industry.
• Annual hospitality industry sales are approximately $387 million in the Lafayette area.
• Each additional $1 million spent in eating-and-drinking places in Louisiana generates an additional 44.5 jobs in the state.