For additional information, contact: 
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau 
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Get Social-FREE Social Media Seminar

LAKE CHARLES, La. (March 16, 2012)-The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau presents "Get Social!" April 11 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband Room. It is a FREE social media, interactive seminar for partners in tourism to help further their respective markets in the new digital age.

Dave Serino of Think Social Media will be the guest presenter. Dave is a travel and tourism industry veteran who has leveraged Internet technologies to drive sales and marketing across the nation for the past 15 years and is the primary speaker and information source for Destination Marketing Association International.

Get Social topics will range from major social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook to actual case studies from Dave Serino's experience. There will also be a discussion, break-out sessions and a panel of local experts to discuss their strategies, success stories and tips to thrive in this market. Panel experts include representatives from Parker Brand Creative, L'Auberge Casino Resort, Street Breads, Lake Charles Civic Ballet and the Southwest Louisiana Lodging Association.

The morning session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. Sign up for either the morning or afternoon session by e-mailing or calling Tourist Information at 337-436-9588. If you have a question in advance that you would like covered, e-mail