Special Alert
Special Alert

What is a CVB?

Where is the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) located? What does a CVB do? 

Read below to find out, and also, check out our Sales Campaign & Hospitality Ambassador Training Program!
 

TOURIST INFORMATION
The bureau is located at the foot of the I-10 bridge at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, on the shores of Lake Charles. The bureau has information on each parish in the state of Louisiana as well as maps and other helpful materials. The bureau is a state certified welcome center, and the knowledgeable staff of the Tourist Information Department is ready to answer questions that visitors may have about the area, state or getting from point A to point B. Visitors can stop in, pick up materials, grab a cup of coffee and browse the gift shop. There is also an alligator pond nearby for people who want to get a quick look at the American alligator.

SALES DEPARTMENT
The bureau's Sales Department secures group business for sporting events, conventions, meetings, tour groups, reunions and events. The Sales Department can help with arrangements and services such as step on guides for the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road or the Charpentier Historic District, upon ample notice and group size. The department can also provide ditty bags, giveaways and special performances by the Mardi Gras Revelers, Gumbeaux Gator or Contraband Buccaneers for planned events or help with registration or promotional mailings for large groups.

COMMUNICATIONS/MARKETING DEPARTMENTS
The Communications/Marketing Departments are dedicated to getting the word out about happenings in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana. The Communications Department handles printed materials such as brochures, advertising, writing of stories and press releases, photography, social media, Internet marketing and management of www.visitlakecharles.org. The Marketing Department handles media professionals, special projects, the film industry in Southwest Louisiana and public relations efforts put forth by the bureau. Both departments work very closely together to ensure unified messaging and imaging for Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana.

Restaurants & Dining
You will not want to miss out on our delicious seafood and fine dining seasoned to perfection. Look below for a list of area restaurants!
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Events

Events

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If you’re interested in feasting on savory dishes prepared by local food enthusiats from the ameteur to the professional who enjoy hunting and fishing, then you will want to purchase Read More →
Delbert McClinton is an American blues, rock, and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since Read More →
Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Production will present the fifth season of Live @ the Lakefront , a free Read More →
The final concert of the season returns to the Rosa Hart Theatre on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM . A surprise special guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Trevor Jones’ Read More →
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Louisiana Railroad Days Festival is an alcohol-free, family friendly, three day festival. There is no admission fee or parking fee (there is a fee for carnival rides). The Louisiana Railroad Read More →
Acrobats of Cirque-tacular is a heart-stopping mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism. Discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent, concert hall, and Read More →
CyPhaCon is returning for our 7th year at the Lake Charles Civic Center! For ticket info, click a Read More →
CyPhaCon is pleased to announce the return of our official Convention Pub Crawl celebrating its 2nd year! All CyPhaCon Attendees over the age of 21 can Read More →
Tickets will be sold at Civic Center box office Saturday 10am to 9pm after the advance ticket deadline is over. Tickets can be purchased on Friday at Read More →
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Friends of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Wetlands are working with Read More →
It’s time for The Dirtiest Party in Town! Once again, Nissan of Lake Charles and 171 Chrysler Dodge Jeep are showcasing their support for health and wellness within our community by Read More →
The 42nd Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes will feature homes throughout historic Lake Charles with gracious homeowners sharing their gardens and interiors on Palm Sunday, Read More →
Kick-off the City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration with this trio of events on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Opening of the Centennial Time Read More →
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