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Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
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Angie Manning, Communications Director
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Monte Hurley, Creole Nature Trail Chairman
Honored with Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award

Lake Charles, La. (January 28, 2013)-Monte Hurley, chairman of the board of commissioners for the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, was honored with the coveted Will Managham Lifetime Achievement Award for Tourism at the Lt. Governor's Tourism Summit held in Lake Charles, Jan. 22-24.

Hurley has been an active participant in the Louisiana tourism industry for the majority of his life, from owning a hotel in Lake Charles to serving a myriad of tourism organizations.

"It is humbling to receive this award, and I am grateful to the volunteers, staff at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB and community leaders who have made many of the strides possible through their hard work and dedication, working right alongside me to achieve excellence," said Hurley.

Hurley served as past president of the SWLA Hotel/Motel Association, is a past board member of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, a founding member of TravelPAC, a past chairman of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as past chairman of the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival.

Through his involvement with the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, Hurley was recently appointed and actively serves on the board for the National Council of Attractions, part of the U.S. Travel Association. He has served as the volunteer chairman of the board of commissioners for the Creole Nature Trail since 1995. Hurley is also the recipient of the 2007 National Leadership Award, given by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Hurley received a standing ovation at the award ceremony this past week for his many years of service and dedication to the tourism industry.

For more information on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, visit www.creolenaturetrail.org or call 800-456-7952.

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