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Destination Natchitoches

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Front Street is full of old building and shops that's a constant draw for tourist. For years Natchitoches or the City of Lights Christmas Festival has been the city's biggest money maker. But now there's something new amidst the old that may draw more tourist to the area. Iris Harper, Executive Director for the Natchitoches Parish Tourism Bureau says the grand opening of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will add a new flare to an area steep in history. "It's new exciting architecture, I'm thinking we're going to draw a whole brand new crowd of people who yeah they like history and old buildings but their going to love the architecture in that brand new building," Harper said. She says the city gets about a half a million visitors each year who pump in millions of dollars into the local economy. The primary demographic of these visitors are women ages thirty five to sixty five. She's hoping the hall attracts more than women to the area. "I think it's going to draw a younger demographic it's going draw younger families, now the guys have a reason to come, even it's with their wives or their girlfriends," Harper said. James Greer, owner of the brand new condos next door to the hall sayS he couldn't have picked a better time to make that purchase. "They're having the grand opening right now, me and my son just bought the condos about a month ago, we've already sold four or five of them, so can you imagine all the additional people that it's going to draw to Natchitoches," Greer said. Louisiana State Representative Kenny Cox says the 27,500-square foot facility, built at a cost of $23 million dollars will be a jewel in the crown of Natchitoches. "Louisiana is going to benefit from it, the state as a whole and Natchitoches will benefit from it, tax dollars tourism, you can't beat it," said Cox. Harper says the state anticipates an additional forty thousand visitor to come to Natchitoches just to see the Sports Hall of Fame.

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