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Press Tour Guidelines

Our unique Cajun paradise offers something different around every corner, and we invite media and travel writers to see it all for themselves. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau can provide the following services to travel writers upon request: 

Itinerary Assistance:
An itinerary can be developed to accommodate a writer’s specific needs, and can include accommodations, meals, attractions, a knowledgeable guide and interviews.  The CVB staff can be totally hands on or hands off depending on the nature of the assignment, but a CVB representative will meet with the writer at some point during the course of their stay.

Ground Transportation:
CVB can pay mileage for a writer to get here; we can drive them around in bureau vehicle; should rental car be necessary, we can make every attempt to keep the cost to the writer to a minimum.

Digital Photography:
The bureau maintains a lending library of digital photos and we are happy to take additional photography to meet your needs should you need images to accompany your story.  We simply ask that you give photo credit. 

Hosting Policy:
The CVB will make every effort to accommodate travel writers and media representatives’ needs.  We receive a considerable number of requests from journalists seeking media privileges.  To most effectively accomplish our objectives and yours, we ask your cooperation in the following guidelines:

  1. Media tours are offered to qualified travel writers with confirmed assignments. Credentials are always required. To be considered for a media tour, please fill out our Assistance Request Form and provide a letter of assignment from the media outlet you are representing and at least three samples of your travel-related work published in the last six months.  The letter of assignment should include what you intend to cover, story length, and the estimated date the story will run. Only one journalist will be accepted from a single media outlet. 
  2. Writers must give the bureau at least two weeks’ notice before their arrival.
  3. Upon availability, the bureau will provide complimentary rooms for commissioned work.  If the writer does not have commissioned work, it is up to the individual property to decide if services will be complimentary or at a reduced rate.
  4. Participants in media tours are expected to be prompt for all scheduled departures and must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
  5. Costs incurred by family members/friends traveling with a travel writer can not be paid by the CVB.
  6. Once bookings are made, should any costs be incurred, deviations or cancellations from planned itineraries must be made 48 hours in advance, or the writer will be held financially responsible.  This includes lodging and special interest appointments with local tour guides, as well as upgrades.
  7. The bureau will make every effort to provide a writer with the necessary information and material, within reason, to complete a story.
  8. Tear sheets and/or web links on any resulting stories on Southwest Louisiana are to be provided to the bureau within one month of its publication.
  9. Writers must sign a claims waiver acknowledging they have read and understand the media guidelines set forth by the bureau. The writer is required to adhere to these guidelines while participating on all tours organized by the bureau.
  10. Journalists are responsible for all incidentals including but not limited to room service, in-room movies, phone calls or other hotel charges, meals charged to the room unless otherwise noted, and medical-related expenses.
  11. Media tours will not be offered during federal holidays, such as New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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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 →
May 25: Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush Remaining 2018 concerts: June 1: Lost Bayou Ramblers June 8: Read More →
The City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Planning Committee has announced plans for the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration. A Sesquicentennial Time Read More →
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor Tomasz Golka, Read More →
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The O’Jays will perform at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Saturday, May 26 at 8:00 PM in the Grand Event Center. Walter Williams, Sr. and Eddie Levert still front Read More →
June 1: Lost Bayou Ramblers Remaining 2018 concerts: June 8: Flamethrowers Another “can’t miss” event is the Read More →
Night Ranger is set to perform on Saturday, June 2 in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles at 8:00 PM. Night Ranger, which originated in San Francisco in the 1980’s and has Read More →
The Flamethrowers will close out the concert series on June 8, 2018 . Another “can’t miss” event is the Downtown at Sundown Outdoor Concert Read More →
In the Grand Event Center Tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10am The Jacksons – 2017 celebrated 50 years as one of the most successful groups Read More →
Expect an intensely energetic performance when country duo Montgomery Gentry performs in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget on Friday, June 15 at 8:30 PM. With more than twenty chart Read More →
The 4th Annual Jennie Finch World Series Softball Tournament will be held in Sulphur, LA from June 20th - 24th, 2018. Age categories are 6 & under, 8 & under, 10 & under, and 12 Read More →
Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal Read More →
This year’s event will showcase other jazz musicians, artists, events, and a wide variety of shrimp and other good foods. A crowd of 500 – 1000, ranging in age from infancy to the older Read More →
The Firecracker Derby will be held at Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino Hotel, June 30, 2018. For more information Read More →