For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
Angie Manning, Communications Director
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Shelley Johnson Elected as Vice Chairman,
Board of the Southeast Tourism Society

LAKE CHARLES, La. (March 27, 2014)-Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been elected to the board of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS), according to the STS President and CEO Bill Hardman.

Johnson, who has been with the CVB since 1988, will serve for two years as the vice chairman of the STS board, and following, will serve two years as the chairman. She is also on the STS Policy Council to approve policies, procedures and regulations that govern STS including monitoring finances, programs and performances of the organization.

STS, which is headquartered in Atlanta, promotes travel and tourism throughout a 12-state region. Tourism ranks as the first, second or third industry in every state in the Southeast. Alisa Bailey, CEO of the Charleston, W. Va., Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the STS board chairman.

Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the region by uniting all segments of the Travel and Tourism Industry, sharing resources, fostering cooperation, provide continuing education and promoting tourism within and to member states.

Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. STS has more than 800 members who represent state tourism departments, convention and visitors bureau, attractions, accommodations, media and other companies and organizations in the tourism industry. For more information, log onto