February 04, 2009

Louisiana North wins Tourism Promotion Award

The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) presented its annual Tourism Campaign/Promoter Award at the annual industry summit held January 20 – 22 in Marksville, Louisiana.

Louisiana North is a marketing coalition that comprises the twenty-nine uppermost Parishes and includes over 80 cities. Their mission is to promote the unique cultural and historical heritage of the entire region while promoting economic development as it relates to tourism.

Iris Harper, Executive Director with the Natchitoches Convention & Visitor Bureau states, “Our partnership with this organization is vital in our continued efforts to promote this region to visitors. We are able to stretch our marketing dollars to reach a larger audience.”

According to their President, Kelly Wells, "North Louisiana has over 17,500 hotel rooms that have a combined billion dollar economic impact for the State."

Lt. Governor, Mitch Landrieu recently said of Louisiana North, "The unified voice of north and central Louisiana makes it much more exciting to all aspects of the travel industry."

In 2008, the Louisiana North partnership coordinated and attended over 13 consumer shows, hosted 12 travel writers, produced a 32 page visitor guide and launched a new website.

In addition to consumer shows in 2009, Louisiana North along with ESPN is hosting the Bass Master Classic Media Luncheon & Expo will be held in Shreveport on February 20-22.

To find out more, please visit ExploreLouisianaNorth.org or 318-393-3274 or 318-352-8072.

By: Latisha McDaniel, Media/Public Relations, Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Publisher's Note: This is a great website full of information on the 29 parishes that make up North Louisiana. There is detailed information on events and places of interest as well as some great photos. You may also order a travel guide and other publications at this website. It is great to see that others are taking an interest in all that North Louisiana has to offer. Louisiana Trekker would like to congratulate Louisiana North for a job well done!