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Shelley Johnson, executive director
Angie S. Manning, communications director
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Lake Charles Featured in Top Under-The-Radar
US Travel Destinations List

LAKE CHARLES, La. (August 3, 2018) – Lake Charles, Louisiana, is known for its delicious Cajun and Creole flavors complemented by an artistic culture. The Southwest Louisiana city was recently recognized by in an article listing the top under-the-radar travel destinations in the United States.

In the article, titled “10 Under-The-Radar US Travel Destinations (10 To Avoid),” Lake Charles is described as a highlight in Louisiana for its artsy culture, unique museums and historic significance. Attractions such as 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, and the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu are mentioned as attractions that tourists should visit. The article gained more value when it was shared with the media outlet’s 1.6 million Facebook followers.

Lake Charles is listed alongside other U.S. cities including Athens, Ga.; Beacon, N.Y.; and Fredericksburg, Texas.

“Top lists are intriguing, and they typically gain traction on social media. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau works hard to have a strong online social media presence, engaging with the community while also developing relationships with travel writers and bloggers. Articles like this are meant to be shared, and we encourage the community to spread the word,” said Kyle Edmiston, chief operating officer of the LC/SWLA CVB.

“It’s no wonder that Lake Charles has become such a loved travel destination,” said Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles. “Our famous cuisine, colorful festivals, and southern hospitality make for a wonderful recipe that visitors enjoy. We also have a world-class staff at the convention and visitors bureau who work their hearts out to ensure the rest of the world knows about all that Southwest Louisiana has to offer.” is an online publication covering a wide variety of travel topics. From interesting destinations, to luxury accommodations, the website specializes in list-type articles featuring all things travel for readers planning their next vacation.

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The LC/SWLA CVB is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Calcasieu Parish, dedicated to strengthening the economic fabric of Southwest Louisiana through overnight visitation. In 2017, the U.S. Tourism Quality Index named Lake Charles as #2 in the entire nation for the “experiential quality” for small destinations, calculating sentiment from review websites like Trip Advisor and Yelp. In 2017, $732 million was added to the local economy through travel expenditures. The dedicated staff works to showcase the best of Southwest Louisiana through marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales efforts to bring meetings, conventions, tournaments, media tours and groups to Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana.