For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Louisiana Office of Tourism's Competitive Grant Program
Accepting Applications for Marketing Grants

LAKE CHARLES, La. (February 6, 2012)-The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently announced they are currently accepting applications for their Competitive Grant Program for events taking place July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.  Marketing grants are available for events that increase visitation, length of stay and tourism expenditures in Louisiana.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2012.  To access the grant application and guidelines, please visit

For more information, contact Valerie Lewis at (225) 342-8100 or email