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  Aug. 27, 2013  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder,                  
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassador of the Week
Join Monsieur Phanat Xanamane with Envision daBerry at Showtunes Sing-Along, 7 p.m. this Saturday at Des Amis Dining and Catering in New Iberia.
Upcoming Meetings and Events


Gracias, merci, thank you!
  • Thank you Monsieur Doc Voorhies for sending us a press release and pictures of IPAL's upcoming play "The Cemetery Club" to open Sept. 5.


  • Merci Madame Rosie Viator for sending us your new Teche Motel brochure. Come pick up your copy at our welcome center.


  • Gracias all our tourism partners for liking us on Facebook. Our page reached 1,000 likes last week thanks to you!


Industry News
  • bestroadThis is the last week to vote 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.
  • ATTENTION RESTAURANTS: Are you frustrated trying to find qualified culinary staff to work in your establishment? Have you wondered why Acadiana has not had a culinary training program that met your needs? If yes, please take just a minute to complete the following short survey to help revitalize the Culinary Arts Program at the South Louisiana Community College to better meet your needs. Please return the surveys via e-mail to Linda Broussard,
  • Berry Cakes is closed temporarily due to family illness.



  • Two car shows are coming to Iberia this fall:
    •  The Lydia Cajun Food Fest will host an open car show on Sept. 14. Details here.
    • Cruising Cajun Country will host its Sugar Daddy Car Show on Sept. 28 at the LA Sugar Cane Festival. Details here
  • Come get our brand new pocket guide, A Tour to Savor, which focuses on culinary experiences in Iberia Parish.


  • 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 #2: Responsiveness. Social media helps you build loyalty because it makes customers feel heard. Make sure you respond to reviews, comments and questions as quickly as possible. Negative reviews can be turned around if you respond quickly and reach out to the customer.



  • We are looking for prizes for the Southeastern Outdoor Press Assoc. Conference in Lake Charles, the Dallas Travel & Adventure Show and the LA Sportsman Show in Gonzales. Giveaways can include, a trip, fishing excursion, food product, gift basket etc. IPCVB is a sponsor of the Louisiana Outdoor Adventures Guide at the Silver level with a ¼ page ad and 3 photo listings. The guide is given out at the shows and people register for prizes.  LTPA just participated in the Forest Lake Wood show in Shreveport, which was similar to the Bass Masters Show. TABASCO minis donated by McIlhenny Co. were a hit! The guides are available at our welcome center. To contribute a prize, please contact our office.


  • 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
  • Learn more about the New Acadia Project in this article and video by the Daily Advertiser.
  • Bojangles was voted best Sushi Restaurant, and Bon Creole best place for Barbecue in the Daily Iberian's Best of the Teche Readers' survey. Congratulations!


  • The Daily Iberian covered upcoming October events Beneath the Balconies (Aug. 16 p. A1) and Navy Air and Cajun Fare (Aug. 19 p. A2). It also featured an article on the House of Rudolph's mural (Aug. 19 p. A2).


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On the Web
  • Jane's Seafood is giving away a dozen Boiled Blue Point Crabs to one lucky winner every Sunday. Comment on the giveaway post on Facebook to be eligible for the random drawing.
  • Missed a newsletter? No problem. Log on to our Iberian Ambassadors page and consult our archive. Password: IberianAmbassador1.


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Around Louisiana
  • "Evangeline," named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous 19th-century poem, is showing at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Details here.

A bientôt (See you soon!)



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