For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Angie Manning, communications director
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

National Association of Sports Commissions Awarded
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB - Member of the Year

LAKE CHARLES, La. (June 21, 2012)-The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau was recently named as the Member of the Year by the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) at their 2012 conference held in Hartford, Conn.

The criteria for consideration included the quality of sporting events held in the destination, benefits to the community as well as recommendations and testimonials by members of the community or organizations who are impacted by sporting events.

"This is a great honor for the Southwest Louisiana area. Hosting sporting events with the rate of success that the bureau has had along with facility management throughout Calcasieu Parish is something that can only be obtained through strong partnerships, volunteers, community spirit and professionals working around the clock to ensure that everything runs smoothly," said Eric Zartler, senior sales manager/athletics of the bureau.

This marks the first time that the bureau has been awarded a Member of the Year award by NASC. Last year, the bureau won an award for excellence in communications for campaign concepts and marketing materials.

For more information on NASC, visit, and for more details on the sports market in Southwest Louisiana, check out To book a tournament in Calcasieu Parish, contact Eric Zartler at