Louisiana  Pick Your Passion! Travel Pulse Office of Tourism Update
June 14, 2013
National broadcast dinner features
Louisiana

New Orleans-style cuisine and music stole the attention of thousands of politicians and media Wednesday, June 5, in the nation's capital at the 69th annual Radio and Television Congressional Correspondents' Dinner. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Senator Mary Landrieu participated as featured speakers at the Louisiana-themed dinner event with more than 1,500 people in attendance at the National Building Museum.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and representatives from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the New Orleans CVB, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation pose with Mardi Gras Indians.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and representatives from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the New Orleans CVB, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation pose with Mardi Gras Indians.


Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches   Sports Hall of Fame grand opening set for June 28
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation are hosting a grand opening reception June 28 in Natchitoches, for the state's newest and most dazzling cultural attraction-the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.
 


Old State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge   Entries sought for free things to do piece
The Office of Tourism is seeking suggestions for items to include in a "free things to do in Louisiana" section of its travel-media assistance kit. A draft of the document is available here. Send suggestions to Jeff Richard at jrichard@crt.la.gov by Friday, June 21.
 


Office of Tourism attends U.S. Travel Association's IPW   Office of Tourism attends U.S. Travel Association's IPW
LOT attended U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow in Las Vegas June 8 - 12. During the five-day trade show, state representatives met with buyers from around the world including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the U.K. In addition, the communication staff participated in the Media Marketplace, a one-day event designed to bring DMO media representatives together with domestic and international travel journalists to increase worldwide awareness of domestic destinations. Industry partners who bought into the state's booth included Bayou Lafourche Area CVB, Houma Area CVB, Lafayette CTC, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB, Shreveport CTB and Visit Baton Rouge.
 


Japanese journalist FAM   Japanese journalists explore Louisiana Byways
The Louisiana Byways office hosted a media FAM tour May 27 - June 2 for four Japanese journalists interested in producing stories and promotional media about the culture, food and history of the lower Mississippi River states. The journalists spent two days in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky experiencing what makes the lower Mississippi River states special.
 


Back row, left to right: Ben Berthelot, Lafayette CVC; Kelly Wells, Shreveport-Bossier CTB. Middle row, left to right: Kimmie Carlos, New Orleans Plantation Country; Misty Velasquez, Louisiana Office of Tourism; Magan Adams, Jefferson CVB. Front row, left to right: Sharon Alford, Houma Area CVB; Carolyn Cheramie, Bayou Lafourche Area CVB. Not pictured is Kelli West, Alexandria Pineville Area CVB.   LOT Chicago Sales Mission
In support of the LACVB sponsorship of the Chicago Blues Fest, the Office of Tourism produced a Chicago sales mission earlier this month. For two days, six CVB delegates traveled with a state representative to meet with group-travel trade clients in the Chicago area. Besides sales calls, the delegation hosted training sessions with key sales and operation staff. The mission was concluded with a reception for media and travel agents. It was held at the Blackbird restaurant. The restaurant's executive chef, Paul Kahan, serves on the Louisiana Seafood Chef Council and is the 2013 James Beard Outstanding Chef.
 


Joanne Scalamogna, Canadian rep for the Louisiana Office of Tourism (left) and Renée Areng with Visit Baton Rouge (right).
Joanne Scalamogna, Canadian rep for the Louisiana Office of Tourism (left) and Renée Areng with Visit Baton Rouge (right).
  Travel bloggers network at TBEX
Travel Blog Exchange, hosted in Canada earlier this month, brought together an estimated 1,300 travel bloggers. Attendees participated in professional development sessions and a marketplace where DMOs, tour operators and other travel companies met one-on-one to discuss travel opportunities with the blogging community. Louisiana was represented by the Office of Tourism, along with Visit Baton Rouge, Lafayette CVC and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB.
 


Third place finisher Chef Guy Sockrider of Tomas Bistro (left) and runner-up Chef Tommy DiGiovanni of Arnaud's (center) join winner Chef Cody Carroll.
Third place finisher Chef Guy Sockrider of Tomas Bistro (left) and runner-up Chef Tommy DiGiovanni of Arnaud's (center) join winner Chef Cody Carroll.
  Carroll crowned King of Louisiana Seafood
Chef Cody Carroll of Hot Tails in New Roads, assisted by his wife, Chef Samantha Carroll, won the sixth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
 


New Orleans French Quarter   New Orleans' hotel assessment bill recently approved by House
SB 242, allowing hotels to vote to add an extra charge to their customers' bills to pay for better marketing through the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, was signed into law this week. The measure also directs some funds from any assessed fee to the city of New Orleans; city officials have said the money would be spent on public safety and infrastructure in the French Quarter.

 


Travis Napper, President and CEO for the Ruston-Lincoln Parish CVB
Travis Napper, President and CEO for the Ruston-Lincoln Parish CVB
  Napper selected for DMAI's 30 Under 30 program
Destination Marketing Association International selected Travis Napper, president and CEO for the Ruston-Lincoln Parish CVB, to participate in its 30 Under 30 program. A year-round program, selected participants engage in a variety of professional development and volunteer activities for sustained industry engagement focusing on identifying and developing the talent of destination marketing professionals who are 30 and under.
 


EatLafayette returns for 9th year promoting local dining
Returning June 17 for its ninth year of a summer-long campaign, EatLafayette encourages diners to eat locally. Fly Lafayette Club, and its tie-in with travel and tourism, is the campaign's premier sponsor for the third consecutive year.
EatLafayette

 


Upcoming Meeting & Events   Upcoming meetings & events
 


If you have comments or suggestions for future issues of Travel Pulse, contact Jay Tusa at jtusa@crt.la.gov or 225.342.8142.

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