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

It’s the “12 Days of Christmas,” only this time, it’s not just a song! Thanks to several community organizations in Sulphur, we are proud to announce that Christmas will last almost two full Read More →
Lake Charles Civic Ballet’s “Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time” Dec. 8 - 10, Lake Charles Civic Center. This beautiful ballet tells the Read More →
About Jennifer Nettles: Jennifer Nettles music has been with us for so long, it is easy for ticket buyers to forget that she is only now starting her journey as a Read More →
Iowa Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park Dec. 10, Lawrence Toups Park, Downtown Iowa. Christmas Parade begins at 4 p.m. from the VF Read More →
The Ward One Economic Development Board and the Moss Bluff Civic Club will sponsor the Moss Bluff Christmas Parade on Read More →
***Due to the weather on Dec. 3, the Christmas parade has been postponed til December 10, 2016 at Read More →
Everyone in town is bustling about getting ready for the Westlake Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 10. The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. with a parade in the heart of downtown. br Read More →
Performing for you live in the Grand Event Center starting 8pm, Saturday. Tickets available a Read More →
The City of Lake Charles will present A Cajun Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 22 in the Rosa Hart Theatre at 7:00 pm. Grammy winner Steve Riley will perform with his famous Mamou Read More →
A world of brass bands, rock and roll, pop radio, country, hip-hop and reggae all rolled into one big, beautiful band of color. In the great tradition of stunning acts, Bag of Donuts has to be Read More →
Celebrate 2016 at Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Party! Party begins at 8pm and includes midnight celebration Read More →
Celebrate 2017 at Blue Martini Lake Charles with live entertainment by Frankie Moreno! Twice Voted "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year" - Saturday, Dec. 31. Read More →
Mardi Gras makes its flamboyant entrance with the Twelfth Night Parade Extravaganza inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. There will be a lively, mini-parade featuring members of Read More →
The 59th Annual Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival will highlight all the local, natural resource industries in the area. The festival caters to all ages and interests featuring parades, a Read More →
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival will be January 16, 2016. More details to come. For more a complete list of the festival events, please call 337-491-9955 or visit www.kzwafm.com. Read More →
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