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Haunted Shreveport = Economic Boost

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Fall in Shreveport-Bossier is no longer dominated by the Red River Revel  and the Louisiana State Fair. Halloween is helping scare up more and more visitors and dollars. Zombie walks downtown.  A haunted mansion open to thrill seekers. A ghost tour that one enterprising entrepreneur begins and ends at his restaurant. Even non-profits, from the regional arts agency to Sci-Port, are leveraging the season for fund-raising events.

"One thing that I think I could say that's absolutely true is that the interest in this sort of tourism has not just risen it is skyrocketed," says  Chris Jay, Public Relations and Social Media Manager of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Visitor bureau.
And it's year round.  June's Downtown Paranormal Festival in June drew hundreds of out-of-towners  flocking to experience haunted Shreveport.

The night-spot Chicago has capitalized on spirits beyond the intoxicating kind. Municipal Auditorium is said to be haunted by the ghosts of long-dead musicians and even their fans. More than one old Victorian home along Texas Avenue and Fairfield has a story to tell.
Jay said the community has to get away from what he calls old school tourism that features the typical brochure that markets only museums and places to eat.

Jay says it's time to make help tourists find the best places to spend their money if they want that eerie or haunted Shreveport experience.
The stakes are high in a competitive market for tourism dollars. Already, Caddo Parish is ranked as the fourth most lucrative tourist area in the state, pulling in $564.9 million last year according to a just-released report from the state tourism office.

Check out some of the on-going paranormal events happening in October and all year round.

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