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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

From the wonderful world of the carnival season, the Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will bring Mardi Gras to life with our Shoebox Float Read More →
Start your weekend with the nouveau zydeco sounds of Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie in the Gator Lounge. With a sound deeply rooted in Read More →
Grammy-winner Lee Greenwood will bring his Holiday Show to Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Saturday, December 23 at 8 PM in the Grand Event Center. With more than 30 albums and seven Number One Read More →
We all love him - so make plans to join us in Gator Lounge for the music man they call “Le Boss,” “The Cajun Springsteen” and now "Grammy Winner"...the high-energy showman Wayne Read More →
Golden Nugget Lake Charles will host 38 SPECIAL in the Grand Event Center on Friday, Dec. 29 at 8:30 PM. Known for their Southern rock style, the band’s sales top 20 million albums. The band Read More →
A world of brass bands, rock and roll, pop radio, country, hip-hop and reggae all rolled into one big, beautiful band of color. In the great tradition of stunning acts, Bag of Donuts has to be Read More →
It's time to ring in the New Year, and what better way than with a rocking New Year's Eve Prom at Blue Martini! Enjoy spectacular sounds and entertainment by the Flamethrowers and DJ Read More →
Bring in the New Year at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill! The party of the year begins at 8:30pm and includes a midnight celebration with entertainment by Band Camp. Indulge in NYE drink Read More →
The Prime Time Band will make you shake your groove thing with their playlists of R&B, Blues and Soul. Make plans today to ring in the New Year with Read More →
BRIAN McKNIGHT TO PERFORM AT GOLDEN NUGGET ON JANUARY 5 Lake Charles, Louisiana – Brian McKnight will perform at Golden Nugget Read More →
Multi-Platinum country music artist and East Texas native, Clay Walker rocks the Delta Event Center this June. With a string of hits that includes “What’s It To You,” "If I Could Make A Read More →
Mardi Gras makes its flamboyant entrance with the Twelfth Night Parade Extravaganza inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. There will be a lively, mini-parade featuring members of Read More →
GOLDEN NUGGET ANNOUNCES VILLAGE PEOPLE LIVE BAND TO PERFORM ON JANUARY 6 Lake Charles, Read More →
The 60th Annual Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival will highlight all the local, natural resource industries in the area. This year's festival will honor the crabbing industry for the Read More →
Randy Rogers Band on Friday, January 12 at 8:30 PM. The Texas based band has been performing together since 2002. The country music group hails from Texas and includes Randy Rogers (lead Read More →