For additional information, contact:

Angie Manning, Communications Director, CDME
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Lt. Governor’s State Travel Summit to be
Held in Lake Charles, August 21-23

LAKE CHARLES, La. (August 16, 2018) - The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to host the Lieutenant Governor's Travel Summit in Lake Charles August 21-23, at the Golden Nugget. The Travel Summit, presented by the Louisiana Travel Association, is expected to bring more than 500 attendees together in Southwest Louisiana for the largest educational opportunity for tourism professionals in the state.

Summit attendees will experience highlights such as a keynote address from Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and legislators on the state of the industry, as well as national and global economic updates from Anirban Basu, and multiple opportunities to network with tourism professionals from around the state.

The Summit will also feature educational speakers from across the country including Jeff Tobe, Andy Masters, Darienne Mobley, and Cheryl Hargrove, as well as workshops addressing the latest industry trends led by Mark Romig, Renee Areng, Murphy Foster, and John Deveney.

"We are honored to have national tourism industry leaders and experts like Anirban Basu in Southwest Louisiana for the Lt. Governor's Travel Summit," said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB.  "The bureau staff has planned familiarization tours of the area for statewide tourism ambassadors as well as international marketing representatives from the Louisiana Office of Tourism.  Exposing them to our unique cultural gems will enhance their ability to promote our area to leisure travelers and tour groups all over the world."

The state welcomed a record 47.1 million visitors in 2017, representing an increase of nearly 500,000. The travel and tourism industry generated $1.8 billion in state and local sales tax revenue. For Calcasieu Parish, that is over $732 million dollars added to the local economy.

To find out more about the conference, go to For more information on the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, call (337) 436-9588 or go to


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, over $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.