Group says outdoor recreation in La. at $15 billion

Louisiana consumers spend an estimated $15.1 billion a year on outdoor recreation, supporting 146,000 jobs, generating $4.6 billion in wages and producing $1.1 billion in state and local taxes, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.

The trade group said Louisiana offers “spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities” at sites such as Kisatchie National Forest and Chicot State Park.

Overall, Americans spend $646 billion each year on outdoor recreation, directly supporting 6.1 million jobs and generating nearly $80 billion in tax revenue, the association said.

“Outdoor recreation is a growing American industry that produces significant economic benefits,” Will Manzer, chair of the OIA board of directors and former CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports, said in a news release. “For example, Americans spend almost twice as much on outdoor recreation as they spend on pharmaceuticals each year. And outdoor recreation supports more than twice as many jobs as the oil and gas industry.”