LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 18, 2014)-The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be hosting Travel Media Showcase, a national conference of nearly 175 attendees of top travel journalists and industry professionals. The conference will be held at L'Auberge Casino Resort and will consist of one-on-one preset appointments, local and regional press tours and numerous networking opportunities.

"The caliber of journalists and media professionals that will converge on Southwest Louisiana is incredible. The area will reap the benefits from the free publicity gained through a third party perspective for years to come. All partners in tourism across the region, are fortunate to host this prestigious media conference," said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB.

The conference will be held Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 5-8, with pre-tours taking place Saturday-Tuesday, Aug. 2-5 in Southwest Louisiana. While in town, the writers and tourism industry professionals have options for local tours of the outdoor adventures along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, a Cajun culinary outing to learn more about the area's unique cuisine, a historic tour that will include shopping, and a Mardi Gras themed excursion with a visit to the Mardi Gras Museum. The journalists will also have time to explore L'Auberge Casino Resort's amenities at their leisure.

Hosting Travel Media Showcase would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors such as the Louisiana Office of Tourism, L'Auberge Casino Resort and the City of Lake Charles as well as in-kind donations of National Networks and Lake Charles Copy.

Louisiana CVBs who are hosting post-conference press trips Friday-Sunday, Aug. 8-10, include Visit Baton Rouge, Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau, Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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