BATON ROUGE, La, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is traveling to New York this week to seek new visitors to Louisiana, as he participates in an authentic Louisiana-themed swamp experience re-created in the heart of Manhattan. Presented in partnership with HISTORY, the network that airs Swamp People, the exhibit is located inside Chelsea Market and features a complete 12,100-square-foot swamp ecosystem, including live alligators, turtles and a wide array of vegetation native to Louisiana. The Louisiana experience is rounded out with Cajun and Creole food provided by Chef John Folse, live music by Henderson, La., band Sac au Lait and authentic south Louisiana artisans demonstrating woodcarving, mud painting, basket weaving and jewelry making using fish scales. Swamp People talent will also be on hand at the exhibit, which is open Feb. 2 – 12.
"Louisiana is becoming the premier destination for film and video production, and the success of Swamp People is evidence of that," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "Our research shows that 32 percent of our target tourism demographic uses television when choosing travel destinations, and Louisiana-based reality shows highlight the numerous ecotourism and adventure tourism opportunities we have in this state."
The third season of Swamp People premieres Thursday, Feb. 9. The popular show has set numerous ratings records in the world of cable reality television, and is one of many reality shows, including Sons of Guns, Cajun Pawn Stars, Ragin' Cajuns, Ax Men and Billy the Exterminator, in production in Louisiana.
Visitors to the exhibit can register to win a Louisiana vacation that includes hotel stay, meals at some of Lafayette's most popular Cajun restaurants, admission to area attractions and anauthentic swamp experience. Entrants can also register to win on www.LouisianaTravel.com beginning Feb. 2.
SOURCE Louisiana Office of Tourism