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Convention Services

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) takes pride in making your life a little easier.  In addition to assisting groups with accommodations, here is what our Sales and Services Department can do for you. Or, check out our Group Services & Activities Checklist! Also, we have a booming Sports market and Group Tours are available.

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Site Inspections
Allow us to take you on a site inspection of lodging and meeting venues.

Bid Proposals
Give us your event specifications, and the CVB will take it from there!  Let us find the perfect venue for your event by sending out bid proposals to area venues suitable for your event and area hotels to house your participants.  Once we've done all the groundwork, we'll present the event planner and/or site committee with a variety of options.  Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana offers many options, and the CVB will make the planning process convenient and efficient.

Attendance Promotion
The bureau will supply and mail promotional materials including a welcome letter and brochure to your delegates in advance to stimulate excitement about their event in Southwest Louisiana.

Welcoming Committee
Whether it be our goodwill ambassador, Gumbeaux Gator, a group of Mardi Gras Twelfth Night Revelers or an official welcome by area dignitaries, allow the CVB to make the opening of your sporting event one that participants will always remember.

Registration Assistance 
A registration link with pdf registration forms are available for events on visitlakecharles.org for groups using 500 or more total room nights.  The bureau will post downloadable forms, which must be completed by participants and sent to the organizer.  Groups blocking 100 rooms or more per night qualify for one complimentary assistant for four consecutive hours as well as name badge assistance, if needed. A list of delegates is needed seven days prior to the event to allow the bureau time to prepare the badges.

Group Tours 
The bureau can provide services for tours such as experienced step-on guides, walking tour experts, unique dining experiences, guest speakers, area brochures, entertainment assistance and customized tour planning. We can also package theme parties, festivals, hunting/fishing trips, spouse or incentive programs and much more.

Area Information
Ditty bags with area brochures and Gumbeaux Gator stickers are available for groups booking 50 rooms or more.  The bureau will be happy to provide you with a mailing list of area businesses and organizations who may contribute items for your ditty bags.  In lieu of individual brochures, the CVB can set up an information display at your venue. Complimentary general area maps that include points of interest and accommodations are also provided.  When it comes time for your event to begin, the CVB staff is always on hand to provide event support, whether it's on-site or behind the scenes. It's our job to make your planning as stress-free as possible.

Publicity
A press release form is available upon request to be completed and returned to the bureau three weeks prior to your event.  The release will be disseminated to local media outlets, applied to KPLC-TV's Breakfast Bar, and posted on www.visitlakecharles.org free of charge.  For events with 500 or more total rooms blocked, the CVB can schedule out of town media appointments.  For events with 1,500 total rooms blocked, the CVB will host a press conference, upon request.

*The CVB cannot guarantee that the media will publicize every event.

Other Services 
For a list of caterers, venues, entertainment and more, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-456-7952.

Events

Events

Southwest Louisiana has roped ’em back in, as the Louisiana Junior High Finals Rodeo and Louisiana High School Finals Rodeo return to the Burton Coliseum. The Junior High Finals will take Read More →
Cameran Nelson live at Jack After Dark. About Nelson's knack for the neon lights and passion for the stage all started at the age of thirteen when he began playing bass in his Read More →
Downtown at Sundown second concert features Boomerang. Another “can’t miss” event this spring is the Downtown at Sundown Outdoor Concert Series , starting on Read More →
Background: During the City of Lake Charles Centennial Celebration, Mayor James Sudduth buried a time capsule at what is now 1911 Historic City Hall. When the capsule was buried, Read More →
Country superstar Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise will perform at Golden Nugget Lake Charles in the Grand Event Center on Friday, May 26 at 8:30 PM. Wynonna Judd rose to fame performing Read More →
Jason Turner live at Jack After Dark. About Jason Turner is a Jackson, Mississippi native and has been performing on stages across the Southeast for over 19 years. He has toured Read More →
Artist: Pointer Sisters Notable Song: I’m So Excited Date: Saturday, May 27 8:30pm Location: L’Auberge Event Center Tickets: On sale Read More →
Three Dog Night will bring their iconic hits to the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 27 at 8:30 PM as part of the Memorial Day Weekend trio of concerts. Three Read More →
Live music by Wayne Toups starting at 8 p.m. Read More →
Huey Lewis & The News will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Sunday, May 28 at 8:00 PM as part its celebration of Memorial Day. The live show will feature Read More →
Multi-Grammy Award winning band TOTO will perform at the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, June 2 at 8:30 PM. The shows are billed as "An Evening With Toto" and will Read More →
Downtown at Sundown third concert features Whiskey South. Another “can’t miss” event this spring is the Downtown at Sundown Outdoor Concert Series , starting on Read More →
Join us in Heritage Square for a free showing of Goosebumps! Bring a picnic and get there early for a good spot. All Movies in the Square begin at sunset. In the event of rain or high winds, Read More →
Country music icon Vince Gill will perform on Saturday, June 3 at the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles at 8:00 PM. Gill has sold over 26 million albums, with 21 Grammy and 18 Read More →
The Lake Charles Community Band will close out its 30th season with the Catch-A-Concert series every Monday in June . The concerts will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Read More →