The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will celebrate National Tourism Week, May 2-10. The travel and tourism industry has a powerful impact on Louisiana’s economy and continues to grow year after year. In 2013, the CVB generated 60,000 hotel room nights with an economic impact of $384 million for Calcasieu Parish.
Visitor spending impacts virtually every segment of our economy from food service, gaming, transportation, cultural events, sports and more. One out of every 10 Louisiana jobs depends on travel and tourism.
“It is important for our visitors and local community members to stay informed and engaged on all of the area’s attractions, events, new restaurants and other things to do. We encourage everyone to explore www.visitlakecharles.org and download our free Lake Charles Events App covering events throughout Southwest Louisiana to stay abreast of the fun and cultural opportunities that make the area special,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Wednesday, May 6, is Volunteer Appreciation Day from 1-3 p.m. at the tourist bureau where area volunteers are invited to join staff at the bureau as they thank them for their valuable contributions to the community.
Thursday, May 7, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will stop by the bureau in a mini coach wrapped in Louisiana Travel’s latest tourism campaign and statistics. He will be promoting the state’s record-breaking tourism economic impact.
Friday, May 8, the bureau will honor the local air transportation staff with lunch at the Lake Charles Regional Airport. Also, on Friday, members of the bureau will set up a welcome display at the State Visitor Center in Vinton.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, the tourist information staff will hand out flowers on Sunday, May 10, to mothers who stop by the tourist bureau, as well as the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, while traveling.
During National Tourism Week, the public is invited to visit the tourist bureau at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles, the CVB’s satellite office located at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, 2740 Ruth St. in Sulphur, and are encouraged to invite their friends to Southwest Louisiana. The bureau will provide post cards, postage and refreshments. Every 100th visitor will receive a special gift. Gumbeaux Gator coloring books and colors will be given to children. The bureau is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends. Hours of operation for the satellite office are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org/NTW.
For additional information, contact:
Megan M. Hartman, senior marketing manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952