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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.

Restaurants & Dining
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Events

Events

2017 Airshow Dates and Gate Times Friday, April 28 Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Show begins at Read More →
A fun and kitschy country fair-like festival that features nearly four covered acres of anything. A true bargain hunter’s dream, the semi-annual flea market event has grown dramatically since Read More →
Established in 1992 after years of being the St. John Bosco Church Bazaar, the Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival started as a small town festival bringing the community together for Read More →
Come out to the Lake Charles Civic Center the first weekend in May, Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7, to celebrate the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival’s 60 th anniversary. There Read More →
Thursday, May 4, 2017 in the Coliseum of the Lake Charles Civic Center Speaker: Former NFL player, Aaron Shawn Harper div Read More →
Cory Morrow live at Jack After Dark. General Admission Only Cory Takes the Read More →
Live music by Serabee starting at 8 p.m. Read More →
Trace Adkins is an American singer and actor. He made his debut in 1995 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more Read More →
Come watch and place your bets on your favorite horse in the Kentucky Derby at the annual Derby for Dollars right here in Lake Charles! Derby for Dollars is a unique, one of a kind event held Read More →
Nashville South live at Jack After Dark. Nashville South is a New Orleans-based country cover band that plays modern country with classic country & classic rock hits mixed in. Read More →
Patti LaBelle is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Read More →
Join us for this thrilling series with Grammy-Nominated, Music Educator, Saxophonist, and Louisiana native, Huber "Mickey" Smith Jr. Quickly becoming one of jazz's most thrilling and emotive Read More →
Live music by Band Camp starting at 8 p.m. Read More →
Logan Brill live at Jack After Dark. Logan Brill is an American singer/songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. She currently writes for Carnival Music and released her debut album, Read More →
Vicki Lawrence is an American actress, comedian, and singer known for the many characters she originated on CBS's The Carol Burnett Show, where she appeared from 1967 to 1978, for the entire Read More →
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