For Immediate Release

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Shelley Johnson, executive director
Will Precht, media relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952



SportsEvents Announces Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau as a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

LAKE CHARLES, La. (December 6, 2018) – SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced that Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lake Charles, LA has been recognized as a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award winner.

Award-winning destinations and venues for youth and amateur sports will be honored in the January 2019 issue of SportsEvents Magazine.
Sports event professionals were asked to nominate destinations and sports venues that they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the youth and amateur sports groups they host. Nominations were received from readers beginning in early September and the top picks were selected based on results from an online voting system.
This is the eleventh year for the SportsEvents Readers’ Choice Award. Votes were also cast for Sports Events Planners to Watch and Sports Events to Watch.

“The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB is honored to be recognized for this prestigious award.  It speaks to our area’s commitment to athletics.  From our community leaders, our facility operators, to our volunteers and staff, Lake Charles/SWLA takes great pride in hosting these sporting events that bring so many people to our area each year,” said Eric Zartler, Sales Director at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB.   

“The destinations and venues nominated for this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards are outstanding examples of how sports commissions and CVBs provide exemplary service to youth and amateur sporting events,” said Sherri Middleton, Managing Editor.

“It is my honor to recognize Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau as a 2019 Destination winner,” Middleton said.

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