WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2021)— Taylor Beard Stanley, Senior Sales Manager at Visit Lake Charles, was accepted into the inaugural year of the U.S. Travel Emerging Travel Leaders program for 2022.  The program intends to create an opportunity for participants to expand their exposure, knowledge, and capabilities while networking with members of the U.S. Travel Board.  

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. The program includes in-person advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, participation in U.S. Travel Board Meetings, a private networking reception with the U.S. Travel Executive Committee, and opportunities to meet with key staff and discuss the association’s program of work. 

“I am honored to have been nominated and accepted into the inaugural class of U.S. Travel’s Emerging Leaders Program. I am looking forward to new experiences and collaborative opportunities through networking with other professionals in the travel and tourism industry,” said Taylor Beard Stanley. “I am always eager to learn about emerging trends and advanced strategies that can benefit Southwest Louisiana in my role at Visit Lake Charles!” 

A graduate of Grand Lake High School and McNeese State University, Taylor began her career at Visit Lake Charles in October 2016 as Sales Manager. After being promoted to Senior Sales Manager in March 2018, she aligned her vision on how Visit Lake Charles could provide added value and educational opportunities to hotel partners. Taylor has developed and launched Destination SWLA to educate hotel partners’ front-line and management on the role of Visit Lake Charles and how to strengthen our relationship and create a better experience for visitors.  

Among her many accomplishments, Taylor worked to secure the 18th CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Americas Summit & Exhibition for the Lake Charles area, which was the first-ever international conference hosted in Southwest Louisiana.  Additionally, she has developed the Meeting Incentive Program to increase association and corporate meetings, which has had an economic impact of nearly $7 million dollars.  

She currently serves on the board of the Louisiana Society of Association Executives and is a graduate of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy and Leadership SWLA. Taylor was also awarded the Louisiana Travel Association’s Rising Star Award and named one of Destinations International’s 2020 30 Under 30 recipients.