October 19 2010 | Latest NewsA new Nature-Based Tourism Advisory Council initiated by Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle met for the first-time Monday in Lafayette. The council will be charged with promoting nature-based tourism in Louisiana. Louisiana's nature-based tourism industry is a segment of the state's $4.7 billion active outdoor recreation industry, which produces $3.2 billion in annual retail sales and services and supports 48,000 jobs in the state, according to Angelle's office. Surveys show that 8 percent of Americans traveled with the primary purpose of outdoor recreation in 2009. In that same year, only 4 percent of travelers came to Louisiana for outdoor recreation.