Louisiana  Pick Your Passion! Travel Pulse Office of Tourism Update
May 30, 2013
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism recognized for support of Louisiana Special Olympics

Pictured from left to right: Donnie Guillory, Special Olympics Louisiana athlete; Kyle Edmiston, Louisiana Office of Tourism assistant secretary; Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Special Olympics Louisiana president and CEO; and Carl Dabadie, Baton Rouge interim Police Chief and executive director of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Pictured from left to right: Donnie Guillory, Special Olympics Louisiana athlete; Kyle Edmiston, Louisiana Office of Tourism assistant secretary; Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Special Olympics Louisiana president and CEO; and Carl Dabadie, Baton Rouge interim Police Chief and executive director of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism is proud to have sponsored the 2013 Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games. On Friday, May 24, Louisiana's tourism chief Kyle Edmiston and his staff were on hand for the final leg of the 1,000-mile Torch Run relay which preceded the opening ceremonies. CRT was recognized for its support of the Summer Games in Hammond during the Memorial Day weekend which attracted about 800 athletes and coaches to the competition.


Pictured on the Creole Nature Trail's Pintail Boardwalk are (from left, front row) Jose Antonio Lopez Sosa and Lorena Bracho of Mexico's Radio Fórmula network; Kaylen Fletcher of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB; Natalia Gomez Quintero and Alma Rodriguez Ayala of El Universal newspaper; (back row) Lilliana Maya of TravelPIE; and Anne Klenke of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB.
Pictured on the Creole Nature Trail's Pintail Boardwalk are (from left, front row) Jose Antonio Lopez Sosa and Lorena Bracho of Mexico's Radio Fórmula network; Kaylen Fletcher of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB; Natalia Gomez Quintero and Alma Rodriguez Ayala of El Universal newspaper; (back row) Lilliana Maya of TravelPIE; and Anne Klenke of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB.
  Mexican, Canadian journalists explore Louisiana
The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently hosted 11 journalists who spent a combined two weeks exploring the state. Six journalists from media outlets visited Lake Charles, the Creole Nature Trail and New Orleans. Among trip highlights were airboat experiences in coastal marshes and Cajun dance lessons courtesy of the Lake Charles chapter of the Cajun French Music Association. Five Canadian journalists visited Shreveport, Bossier City, Henderson, Baton Rouge, the River Parishes and New Orleans. Oversight for the trips was provided by LOT, Lilliana Maya of TravelPIE in Mexico City and Canadian rep Joanne Scalamogna of Access Marketing in Toronto. Among the high points of their research was a tour at Baton Rouge's Capitol Park Museum led by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.
 


Rounds for Mounds Tournament at Black Bear Golf Course   Lt. Governor Dardenne hosts golf tournament benefitting Poverty Point
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and several Louisiana legislators are co-chairing the first Poverty Point Golf Tournament June 19 at Black Bear Golf Course in Delhi, the top public course in the state according to GolfWeek. The four person scramble will raise money for improvement and maintenance projects at the Poverty Point State Historic Site. The site is the United States' only 2013 World Heritage Site nomination, a designation expected to be inscribed next summer. For more information on playing in the golf tournament or being a tournament sponsor click here.
 


Shreveport's Mudbug Madness festival   Shreveport's Mudbug Madness ranks among nation's top 10 summer festivals
Shreveport Times - The Mudbug Madness Festival in Shreveport has been named one of the 2013 top 10 Summer Festivals by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality in life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities. The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents.
 


New New Orleans Marketing Campaign   New Orleans launches Follow Your NOLA marketing campaign
The Times-Picayune - New Orleans tourism officials recently unveiled a new national leisure tourism campaign, Follow Your NOLA, that they plan to use to target travelers between the ages of 35 and 65. The campaign illustrates the rich culture, history and music that run deep in New Orleans.
 


Bayou Teche Brewing Company   Bayou Teche Brewing Company ranked as one of the nation's top microbreweries
Daily World - Bière Pâle, crafted to enhance the unique cuisine and lifestyle of south Louisiana, is ranked 9th nationally by Simon Majumdar, an author, food writer and broadcaster. Majumdar states that the beer complements the region and works perfectly with the food of south Louisiana.
 


LouisianaTravel.com website   Travel Effect: In good times and bad, meetings matter
Schneider Publishing - A new Travel Effect report, The Role of Business Travel in the U.S. Economic Recovery, provides clear evidence that business travel drives corporate revenues and delivers profits to the bottom line. This study, conducted by Oxford Economics, builds on an analysis of the return on investment of business travel conducted in 2009. The U.S. Travel Association's Travel Effect team has created an interactive study to highlight business travel's positive effects. Calculate and share your estimated business travel profits with Travel Effect's ROI calculator, or embed graphics illustrating the importance of business travel to your website and documents.
 


LouisianaTravel.com website   Summer air travel prediction: crowded airports and planes
Los Angeles Times - Airports will be crowded this summer and empty cabin seats extremely rare as Americans take to the skies in numbers that are expected to edge closer to the pre-recession peak. Nearly 209 million people will fly on U.S.-based airlines this summer, up 1 percent from last summer, according to a projection released Thursday by the trade group for the nation's airlines.
 


LouisianaTravel.com website   Forget the Year of Mobile-it's actually the Year of Video
Advertising Age - Overall video consumption is up year on year by about 3.7 percent, assisted by streaming video on PCs, connected TVs and mobile devices. According to the latest comScore statistics, on average, 183 million Americans view 215 videos each month online. Mobile's big boost is also being driven by video, with Cisco forecasting that by 2016, two-thirds of mobile traffic will be viewing video.
 


Unplugged escapes   Travelers escape from the digital deluge
Travel Weekly - While travel suppliers, from hotels to cruise ships to airlines, are racing to create more and better WiFi connectivity for travelers, a quiet movement at the opposite end of the spectrum is actively encouraging travelers to disconnect from the endless deluge of email, social media feeds, news alerts, tags, updates and check-ins that define modern life.
 


LouisianaTravel.com website   Cruise lines adopt passenger bill of rights
Fox News - The announcement by the Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 25 major companies including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America and Cunard recently adopted a passenger bill of rights that guarantees the "safety, comfort and care" of guests. The bill of rights promises, among other things, full refunds for trips that are canceled due to mechanical failure and a backup power source on every ship to keep emergency systems running in the event of a main generator failure.
 


Upcoming Meeting & Events   Upcoming meetings & events
 


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