Tourist Commission adopts strategic plan to grow tourism economy | St. Tammany community news

Things are looking up at the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, but CEO Donna O’Daniels, her staff, and commission board members are not leaving anything to chance.

Treasurer Patti Ellish told the board at its June 29 meeting that parish hotel occupancy tax collections for April and May exceeded prepandemic levels for the first time since the coronavirus dealt a blow to tourism worldwide. Marketing Vice President Christina Cooper confirmed that recent local tourism statistics show that “the recovery is in progress.”

But rather than relying on the rebound to take its normal course, the board adopted a