Last Modified: Saturday, May 05, 2012 11:42 PM
The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau will kick off National Tourism Week May 5-13 with several events in the Lake Area to raise awareness of tourism’s impact on both the local and state economies.
One aspect of the celebration is the 40th anniversary of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Looking back, there is a lot that has happened since we opened in 1972,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director, Tuesday at the CVB’s quarterly partner breakfast.
National Tourism Week began with Children’s Day activities Saturday. There was pizza, coffee and dessert, as well as games and exhibits highlighting attractions in Southwest Louisiana. Gumbeaux Gator was there to greet the children.
Restaurant Day activities will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in the Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall. Area residents can sample dishes from many Southwest Louisiana restaurants and caterers.
The bureau will host hospitality ambassador training seminars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at SpringHill Suites by Marriott. RSVP to in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 436-9588.
On Thursday, May 10, staff will set up a welcome display at the Vinton Visitor Center and on Sunday, May 13, the tourist bureau information staff will hand out flowers for Mother’s Day to mothers who stop by the Welcome Center.
The CVB will serve refreshments 8 a.m.-5 p.m. all week in the lobby. Every 100th visitor will receive a gift. The center is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends.
For information, contact the bureau at 436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.