Louisiana  Pick Your Passion! Travel Pulse Office of Tourism Update January 23, 2013
Two grant programs opening today

Competitive Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to encourage and support marketing and Project Enhancement Initiatives that will contribute to Louisiana's tourism industry by attracting and retaining visitors. The application deadline for the Competitive Grant Program is March 15. State Seal of Louisiana

Cooperative Marketing Program
The purpose of this program is to empower local DMOs to determine which marketing efforts best promote the history, culture, art, folklife, recreation and leisure opportunities, natural resources, sites, attractions, accommodations and/or other events or activities that support LOT's goal of presenting Louisiana as a unique and desirable travel destination. The application deadline for the Cooperative Marketing Program is April 15.


General Services Administration logo   New GSA travel advisory panel will review per diem methodology
Federal Times - The General Services Administration announced the formation of a new travel advisory committee tasked with reviewing how the agency calculates per diem rates. The 15-member government-wide Travel Advisory Committee will include federal travel managers and representatives of state and local governments, travel companies and groups. It will address current travel trends and provide recommendations on how to reduce costs and incorporate industry best practices into GSA policies.
 


image of airport departure gate area   Spending on business travel predicted to rise
USA Today - U.S. companies are expected to spend more on business trips this year, a sign that they may be feeling more optimistic about the economy, a new business travel forecast found. A pent-up need to sit face to face with clients, coupled with increased spending on international trips and offsite meetings, is projected to boost overall business travel spending in the U.S. by 4.6 percent this year, to $266.7 billion, according to a report from the Global Business Travel Association, a group of business-travel and meetings managers. The GBTA estimates that for every dollar spent on corporate travel, companies on average have seen $20 in additional profits. While spending is predicted to be up, the number of business trips is projected to be down 1.1 percent from last year, reflecting the desire by many companies to make the most of their staffers' time on the road.
 


American Queen steamboat   2013 Cruises: river cruising, exotic ports and more trends for the year
AOL Travel - U.S. waterways such as the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers are once again hearing the sounds of paddlewheelers like the American Queen, which entered service in April 2012.
 


Five things meeting planners want in 2013   Five things meeting planners want in 2013
MeetingsNet - Destination Hotels and Resorts recently commissioned a survey of meeting planners to determine what they are looking for within "cautious" budgets.
 


Atlanta Media Mission   Atlanta Media Mission
Immediately following the Southeast Tourism Society's Spring Symposium, the Louisiana Office of Tourism will host a media mission which will include media calls on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 20, and the morning of Thursday, March 21. Tourism partners can register one delegate to represent their organization. There is no cost to participate, delegates are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements. For more information, please contact Jay Tusa at 225.342.8142 or jtusa@crt.la.gov. Deadline for participation is February 15.
 


Memphis Grizzlies Promotion   Memphis Grizzlies Promotion
The Louisiana Office of Tourism will host media and consumer events in conjunction with the New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies game at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. on March 9. A pregame media reception and pregame and postgame consumer events will include food by Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, live music by Terrance Simien and great fan interaction including a sweepstakes. Tourism partners can register to represent their organization. There is no cost to participate, delegates are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements. For more information, please contact LeAnne Weill at 225.342.8144 or lweill@crt.la.gov. Deadline for participation is February 8.
 


Upcoming Meeting & Events   Upcoming meetings & events
  • Feb. 3 Super Bowl XLVII, New Orleans, La.
  • Feb. 9 LOT Grammy Event, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Feb. 17 - 20 Travel South Showcase, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Feb. 23 Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series, Shreveport, La.
  • March 2 Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series, Natchitoches, La.
  • March 9 N.O. Hornets @ Memphis Grizzles Promotion, Memphis, Tenn.
  • March 15 Competitive Grant Program Deadline
  • March 18 - 20 STS Spring Meeting, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 20 - 21 Atlanta Media Mission, Atlanta, Ga.
  • April 15 Cooperative Marketing Program Deadline
 


If you have comments or suggestions for future issues of Travel Pulse, please contact Jay Tusa at jtusa@crt.la.gov or 225-342-8142.

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