The mission of the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission is to provide leadership in initiating and coordinating the worldwide market of Natchitoches Parish as a highly desirable vacation and meeting destination; to solicit and service meeting and other group-related business; and to engage in visitor promotions which generate overnight stays in Natchitoches Parish, thereby enhancing and developing the economic fabric of the community.
- Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission started as a committee of the Chamber of Commerce in the mid-70s.
- From 1978 to 1995 the NPTC was operated as a division of the C of C.
- In 1995, the NPTC was incorporated as an independent organization.
- In 1998 the Visitors Center was opened.
- Funding comes from a Natchitoches Parish Tourism Occupancy Tax. Additional explanation of the tax can be found under the finance and administration section.
The Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission operates the Natchitoches Information Center and is located at 780 Front Street, Suite 100, in the downtown historic district. The Information Center is open Monday – Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM and most major holidays.
The purpose of the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission is to promote the development and growth of the convention and visitors industry in Natchitoches Parish by increasing the number of people from outside Natchitoches Parish who come here for conventions, conferences and meetings, programs and events. In Natchitoches Area there are: 68 lodging facilities, over 28 restaurants, and Northwestern State University. The main attractions are: Cane River National Heritage Area; Cane River Creole National Historical Park; Fort St. Jean Baptiste; Melrose Plantation; Landmark Historic District. Numerous area festivals are held throughout the parish and along the downtown riverbank of Cane River Lake: Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Meat Pie Festival, Jazz/R&B Festival and more. Natchitoches has an active Main Street Program and was named a Preserve America Community in 2004 and one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations by National Trust in 2005.