Louisiana  Pick Your Passion! Travel Pulse Office of Tourism Update
April 19, 2013
Chicago sales mission
Prior to LACVB's participation at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Louisiana Office of Tourism will host a sales mission Wednesday, June 5, and the morning of Thursday, June 6. Interested CVBs can register one delegate to represent their organization. There is no cost to participate and delegates are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements. Space is limited. For more information, contact Misty Velasquez at 225.219.9858 or mvelasquez@crt.la.gov. Deadline to participate is noon Wednesday, April 24.

Chicago, Il

Louisiana Culinary Trail   Louisiana Culinary Trails releases new app
Exploring Louisiana's Culinary Trails has never been easier. The newly-released iPhone app assists in locating authentic Louisiana cuisine, from four-star establishments to mom and pop favorites. The app is available for download from the Apple iTunes store.

Greetings from Shreveport

  New Shreveport law requires limo and taxi drivers to take tourism training
The Shreveport city council has voted to require for-hire drivers such as limo, shuttle and taxi drivers to go through customer service and tourism training to attain their licenses. The 2-hour free workshop, called "Wow Training," is put on by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

Baton Rouge - award winning food

  Baton Rouge wins ConventionSouth Best Foodie City award
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report - The results are in and Baton Rouge is among convention-goers' favorite cities in the South when it comes to food. Red Stick won the Best Foodie City title from ConventionSouth magazine for its subregion, which also included New Orleans, Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Birmingham, Mobile and Jackson.

Seafood Gumbo!

  Fueled by the plate: food tourism on the rise
Travel Weekly - During the past 10 years, the role food plays in the world of travel has evolved from extra to starring role. It is a phenomenon that has been fueled by everything including shows such as the Travel Channel's No Reservations, a glut of culinary travel stories in the consumer media and foodie pics from around the world flooding our social media feeds.


  Facebook Graph Search plays a role in the travel planning process
Hospitality Net - Eighty-seven percent of online users report that social media recommendations impact hotel choice, it is no secret that social media influences the travel planning process. Facebook Graph Search, a feature that helps users discover common interests with friends and discover places to visit, will increase social media's impact on travel research and discovery.

1st quarter business activity up

  Business travel spending gains momentum as economy improves in first quarter
TravelDailyNews.com - An improving economic outlook with business and consumer confidence on the rise is expected to boost business travel in 2013, leading the Global Business Travel Association to upgrade its forecast for the year. Stronger corporate profits, increasing job development and improvements in key export markets are fueling business travel spending after a sluggish fourth quarter that was dampened by political uncertainty due to the "fiscal cliff" debate.

TBEX - Toronto, Canada

  Travel bloggers to converge on Toronto for Travel Blog Exchange 2013 conference
Travel Blog Exchange is holding its 2013 North American Conference June 1 - 2 in Toronto. It is the world's largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers and new media content creators that allow face-to-face opportunities for the more than 750 attendees to discuss and learn about travel, writing, photography and blogging.

Upcoming Meeting & Events   Upcoming meetings & events

If you have comments or suggestions for future issues of Travel Pulse, contact Jay Tusa at jtusa@crt.la.gov or 225.342.8142. or 225-342-8142.

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