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Iberia tag 4C 
  Aug. 20, 2013  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder,                  
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassador of the Week
Madame Carmen Gachassin with Jefferson Island Café Jefferson at Rip Van Winkle Gardens.
Upcoming Meetings and Events


Gracias, merci, thank you!
  • Thank you Madame Alaina Hebert Segura with the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce for bringing us the new World Championship Gumbo Cook-off rack card. The event will be held Oct. 11-13. Come pick up your copy at our welcome center! Connect with the event planners on their Facebook.


  • Merci Madame Nelwyn Hebert for the information on the New Acadia Project. Here is the press release.
Industry News
  • Come get our brand new pocket guide, A Tour to Savor, which focuses on culinary experiences in Iberia Parish.


  • Welcome Marcia Patout, Bayou Teche Museum's new director!


  • Fall White Shrimp Season just opened last Monday. Details here on Delcambre Direct Seafood's blog.


  • bestroadVote for our towns and help put them on the map at For the third year in the row, Rand McNally is searching for the best small towns in America. You can vote for your town every day. Get the program's details here. Encourage our visitors to vote for us and please share on Facebook. Deadline: Sept. 3, 2013.
  • You can meet Edwin Edwards at Iberia Cultural Resources Association's Sept. 19 fundraiser. Read our press release here.


  • The new NILA art gallery, set to open Oct. 16 in downtown New Iberia, is looking for artists to show. Contact


Marketing & Funding Opportunities
  • SOCIAL MEDIA TIP #1: the first step in your social media strategy is monitoring. Listen to what people say about your business online by searching for your Follow us on Twittercompany's or organization's name in google search, twitter search and facebook search and online forums. Need help? Google "free social media monitoring tools."



  • Pride Vacation is looking for door prizes for its grand opening on Sept. 30. The Mississippi based travel agency bought out Raphael Travel so they will now have a Louisiana Office. To contribute a prize, please contact our office.


  • 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
  • Pick up your copy of Acadiana Profile's August/September issue at our welcome center. It includes an article on the Louisiana Culture Awards earned by Shadows-on-the-Teche's and the New Iberia's Main Street Program (p. 8), and a feature on the Steamboat House on New Iberia's Main Street (p. 22-28).  
  • Tampico was voted best Mexican Restaurant, and Golden Wok best place for Asian cuisine in the Daily Iberian's Best of the Teche Readers' survey. Congratulations!


  • Iberia Cultural Resources Association's new book and the Delcambre Shrimp Festival were both featured on the front page of the The Daily Iberian on Monday, Aug. 12.


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On the Web
  • Missed a newsletter? No problem. Log on to our Iberian Ambassadors page and consult our archive. Password: IberianAmbassador1.


  • Check out Jungle Gardens' Wildlife Wednesday photo contest on their Facebook.
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Around Louisiana
  • The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program for International Visitors opened its new Shreveport-Bossier sales tax refund center last Tuesday at the Outlets of Louisiana Boardwalk. There is a sales tax refund center in Lafayette. For information about becoming a member merchant in the Tax Free Shopping Program visit or pick up the Louisiana Tax Fee Shopping Program Guide at our welcome center.
  • A first-of-its-kind tourism gizmo was unveiled last Wednesday by the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and Firefly Digital in the form of a quarterly interactive magazine for iPads. Details here.

A bientôt (See you soon!)



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