News Release
For Immediate Release

Angie S. Manning, Communications Director, CDME
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB


Kyle Edmiston Promoted to President/CEO
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau


LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 1, 2019) – Kyle Edmiston has been named as the new President/CEO of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (LC/SWLA CVB), having served as the Chief Operating Officer since January of 2018.

“I am humbled and honored that the Board of Directors at the CVB would allow me to lead this organization into the future as this is one of the top DMO jobs in the South. Under the direction of our retired CEO, Shelley Johnson, the bureau has achieved many successes, and she has raised the bar to an extremely high level.  I look forward to continuing the standards that she has set for 31 years and working with the team to grow visitation and the economic impact of tourism in Southwest Louisiana,” said Edmiston.

He previously served as the assistant secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, a position which he held for almost six years under the direction of two different Lt. Governor administrations. Edmiston is the former President/CEO of the Ruston Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as the former Executive Director of alumni relations at Louisiana Tech University. He is also a graduate of Louisiana Tech, having earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. 

In 2017, Edmiston was named as the National State Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association and was named to the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality, Sales, Marketing & Revenue Optimization” by Hospitality, Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). He served as the Travel South USA board chair in 2016-2017 and served on their board from 2012 until 2018.  He was awarded the Southeast Tourism Society Rising Star award in 2009 and earned his Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation from Destinations International in 2008. He also served as Chair of the Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus (LACVB) and served on the board of Southeast Tourism Society and National Council of State Tourism Directors.

Edmiston currently serves on Brand USA’s board of directors as Treasurer as well as the U.S. Travel Association’s board of directors and the Federal Reserve Bank Travel & Tourism’s advisory committee.  In state, he serves on the board of directors and treasurer of the Louisiana Travel Association and a member of the board of LACVB.

“It is a privilege to work with so many talented people at the CVB and passionate leaders and ambassadors throughout Southwest Louisiana. I am grateful to be able to continue working alongside the staff and in the community to usher in new opportunities, building upon the solid partnerships that we all share to elevate tourism and awareness of the rich, cultural experiences to be had in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana,” said Edmiston.

For more information on the Lake Charles area, contact the LC/SWLA CVB at (337) 436-9588 or visit