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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.

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Celebrating 31 years of preserving and promoting Cajun music and heritage with continuous live Cajun music, traditional Cajun foods, arts and crafts, Cajun waltz and two-step dance contests, Read More →
Jeff Foxworthy - is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television personality, radio personality and author. He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy Read More →
Crying Eagle is Turing 2! We will be celebrating with live music by The Flamethrowers, limited release beers, and great food! Tickets Read More →
In the Grand Event Center Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 10am Eric Burdon & The Animals is an English blues and R&B singer who achieved his Read More →
Sublime with Rome is a musical blending a love of dance-hall and rock steady reggae rhythms with an aggressive punk ethic. A collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of Read More →
The festival will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center with air conditioning and ample room for all to enjoy. The Marshland Festival helps raise funds for 15 various schools, churches, and Read More →
Gridiron, the annual night of skits, songs and laughter, is the show that the American Press called “the ‘Saturday Night Live’ of Southwest Louisiana.” It’s a local tradition! The fundraiser Read More →
The Isley Brothers are an American musical group and has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of Read More →
Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American hard rock band whose most successful work includes the hard rock songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla", 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 Read More →
Buckcherry is an American rock band from Anaheim, CA. Buckcherry's biggest crossover hits to date, "Crazy Bitch", and top ten hit, "Sorry". Payable on Read More →
Tanya Tucker is an American female country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13. She has had several successful albums, several Country Read More →
Presented annually by the Arts & Humanities Council and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, this signature culinary event will take place on Saturday, August 18th, 5pm-8pm, at the Read More →
Creedence Clearwater Revisited was formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook (bass) and Doug Clifford (drums). Following their induction into Read More →
Our rich musical heritage continues to live on with Boozoo's Labor Day Festival. The entire family is invited to come out and celebrate the festival's 33rd year in grand style and enjoy the Read More →
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