Called in by 'Duck Dynasty,' tourists flocking to Louisiana
John Simmons and his family drove to West Monroe from Iowa this past week for a Duck Commander vacation. "We're spending five days here," Simmons told Gannett Louisiana as he made his way into the cramped Duck Commander retail store. "The kids love it, and they wanted to come before starting school next week." The Simmonses are among an influx of tourists captivated by the A&E smash hit series Duck Dynasty, featuring the West Monroe Duck Commander family led by patriarch Phil Robertson. And Alana Cooper of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to make sure the visitors spend plenty of time—and money—throughout the market. In fact, Cooper recently unveiled the bureau's "Official Duck Commander Hometown Tour" at the Duck Commander store. Alan Robertson—the beardless brother—and his wife, Lisa, attended the press conference and signed autographs for fans afterward. "We're as excited as anybody," Robertson says. "We never knew we'd be the Delta's biggest attraction." Read the full story.
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