The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association (LHSRA) will host the Louisiana Junior High and High School Finals Rodeos at the Burton Coliseum Complex May 29 - June 6. With upgrades to the facility, the Burton Coliseum Complex is ready to welcome more than 200 contestants from across the state.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne visited Lake Charles today as part of a statewide expedition celebrating National Tourism Week. Traveling in a mini coach wrapped in Louisiana Travel’s latest tourism marketing campaign and statistics, he was greeted at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau by tourism employees, Gumbeaux Gator and the Lake Charles Buccaneers. Last year Louisiana’s tourism industry had a record-setting year attracting 28.7 million visitors, a 5 percent increase over 2013. The revenue generated through domestic and international visitors represents a more than 38-to-1 return on investment of state funding.
Music traditions run deep in Southwest Louisiana. For generations, folks here have immersed themselves in the melodies, dance steps and lyrics of Cajun, Swamp Pop, Zydeco and other music genres that express the essential necessities of everyday life: family, relationships, food and fun. Throughout Southwest Louisiana, there are many ways to enjoy the local sounds. Being the Festival Capital of Louisiana, there are several events and festivals where you can relax or kick up your heels to some of the best live local and regional bands.
For many, spring break is the perfect time of year to head to the beach or hit the slopes. But if you are looking for a different kind of spring break adventure, make plans to visit Southwest Louisiana. Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana offers luxurious accommodations, Vegas-style gaming, top name entertainment options, plus the great outdoors steeped in Cajun culture and food!
Food tourism is growing exponentially, according to the 2013 American Culinary Traveler Report by Mandala Research. In fact, 39 million U.S. leisure travelers choose a destination based on availability of culinary activities. Luckily, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is famous for its Cajun French and Creole recipes, delicious seafood and jam-packed festival calendar where culinary magic combines with musical tradition for a cultural immersion.
The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has developed a free app for IOS and Android smartphones that allows you to easily access the calendar of events so you'll know what is happening in Southwest Louisiana no matter where you are.