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  June 10, 2013  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder,                  
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassador of the Week

Monsieur Dwayne Thevis, Iberia Parish Fire District 1 and President of the Louisiana State Fireman's Association, is bringing the association's next convention to New Iberia on Aug. 1-3. 

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Gracias, merci, thank you!
  • Merci Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Little River Inn, Clementine, TABASCO®, KONRIKO®, Jungle Gardens, Bayou Teche Museum, Jeanerette Museum and Shadows-on-the-Teche for donating items for our weekend getaway sweepstakes.


Industry News
  • Writer Mary Fonseca visited Iberia last week for an article  to be published in AAA Southern Traveler. We'll keep you posted.


  • Here are the press releases on the TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence earned by Landry's and La Quinta. Félicitations!
  • Ramada Conference Center is offering a Father's Day brunch. See their ad in our Iberia's Sweet Picks electronic newsletter. Find it in your mail box or on our website.


Marketing & Funding Opportunities
  • REMINDER: Please send us your Tourism Partner Form with updated information on your business by June 14. This information will be printed in our 2013-2014 Discover Iberia Community Resource Guide and posted on our website. Both listings are free. If we do not hear from you by June 14, we will publish the same information as last year. Thank you for your cooperation.


  • ATTENTION SHOP OWNERS! Send us pictures of items you sell at your store and we will promote you in the shopping section of Iberia Sweet Pics, our consumer newsletter.
  • National Geographic's new geotourism initiative

We announced in the last newsletters the launch of this new initiative featuring online, locally-built travel guides. We would like to share the following comments by Doug Bourgeois with Louisiana Byways at the Louisiana Office of Tourism:


"This is a partnership with the National Geographic Society we funded through FHWA and BP grants. It was developed to showcase -under the National Geographic Society umbrella-authentic experiences along the Gulf Coast----Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. It's not for casinos, chain type restaurants or big box stores. It one of a kind places to stay, eat, shop, visit, etc ---just like what we showcase along our byways. Please nominate sites in your area and pass this along to anyone who think would qualify. Its free! And we want Louisiana to have lots of points on the map."


Like Mr. Bourgeois, we encourage all of you to nominate your business or your favorite place, community organization, local food, etc. in Iberia by clicking here.

Deadline: July 15


Need more details about geotourism? Click here.

For a submission example, click here.

  • Like La Quinta Inn & Suites and Landry's of New Iberia, encourage your customers to review your business on TripAdvisor. Sign up for a free business account with TripAdvisor to manage your reviews. Learn more here.
  • We received the following letter from the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center regarding Gulf Seafood and Tourism Promotional Funds.


  • You may be eligible for an Economic Opportunity Fund from the LA Cultural Economy Foundation. The goal of the EOF grant program is to provide small seed grants (max of $2,500) to small cultural nonprofits, cultural businesses and individual cultural workers to create a new stream of income that will be self- sustaining over the long term. Deadline: August 30. Learn more here.


Iberia in the Media
Delcambre Press Tour Sea Grant Video
LA Sea Grant Video of Delcambre's Press Tour
  • Two of our event planners were featured in the media last week: Angela Cestia with the Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival in Acadiana Lifestyle's "Women Making a Difference" (June edition), and Marti Harrell with the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers' Market in the Daily Iberian (Sunday, June 2 issue).
  • Rip Van Winkle Gardens were featured as a "Hidden Gem" in the July/August issue of Louisiana Cooking (p.69-70).
  • Tune in to LPB2 on June 17 at 12 a.m. to watch the Iberia episode of "Go Coast: Louisiana." Details here. The program was initiated by the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition of which we are a member.


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On the Web
  • Spread the word about our weekend getaway sweepstakes:

  • The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival has a beautiful new website.



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Around Louisiana
  • The LA House of Representatives passed a
    new bill to help New Orleans market the city and create a fund dedicated to the French Quarter.                         Details here.
  • Download the new Official Louisiana Tour Guide Ipad app for free.



A bientôt (See you soon!)



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