The Lt. Governor's State Tourism Summit will be Held in Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, La. (November 26, 2012) -   The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to host the Lieutenant Governor's Tourism Summit in Lake Charles January 22-24, 2013 at L'Auberge Casino Resort.  Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has declared 2013 the Year of Music, so the conference theme will be "Louisiana Strong - Tourism Jam Session."

The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association has planned one of the largest educational opportunities for tourism professionals across the state at the Summit.  Attendees will hear from the Lieutenant Governor and other legislators on the state of the industry; Roger Dow, the President and CEO of the US Travel Association; and the Louisiana Office of Tourism.  Breakout sessions will be held for sales, marketing, leadership and communications. 

"We are honored to have national tourism industry leaders like Roger Dow in Southwest Louisiana for the Lt. Governor's Tourism 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."

To attend the entire conference, the Early Bird Rate is $325 until December 31.  Or, consider coming for a single day for $195.  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 check out