Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Louisiana Lt. Governor's Tourism Summit 2013

The Lt Governor’s Tourism Summit is little more than a blur, though I do recall that it was a delightful week-long event.  This year’s Louisiana tourism summit was held in Lake Charles and it certainly lived up to its tradition of being an exciting event. Hosted by L’Auberge du Lac, the property was an experience unto itself. Nestled on the banks of the Calcasieu River, the facility was simply fabulous.

The attendees were absolutely fantastic – Lt Governor Jay Dardenne spoke eloquently and extemporaneously regarding the challenges tourism faces, the opportunities he sees and his plans for the future. Assistant Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Kyle Edmiston and his staff gave informative and edifying information covering the various aspects of his department. Breakout sessions were refreshing and informative, especially Stuart Ellis-Meyers, who brought down the house.

Irvin Mayfield played at the luncheon (which was delicious of course). His musical genius is peerless.

Naturally, the highpoint of the trip was reconnecting with all the tourism worker bees across the state. Louisiana’s tag line, “Pick your Passion” pretty much nails the tourism community in Louisiana. What a passionate group of folks!

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