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  Feb. 4, 2014  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder,                  
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassadors of the Week


Jeanerette Youth Beautifification Committee volunteers
Thank you to the more than 50 Jeanerette Youth Beautification Committee volunteers who cleaned up Jeanerette's Martin Luther King Dr. on Jan. 18. Some of the volunteers were, from left, Mesdames et Messieurs Quishannon Lewis, Zachary Broussard, JYBC Founder Oscar Vargas, Tristian Kelly, Joshua LaSalle and Hunter Molaison. Details here
Meetings and Events
Jan. 28
Iberia Parish Tourist Commission's meeting, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 3
Spanish Association Meeting
Gracias, merci, thank you!
  • The Azalea Garden Club for making our visitor center beautiful.
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Azalea Garden Club members planted winter annuals in December at our visitor center and are shown maintaining it in January. Members are, from left, Mesdames Patricia Tenette, Phyllis Cutrera, Roxy Blanton, Millie Comeaux and Margaret Melancon (photographer).

  • The Berry Queens for their great help at the Bayou Teche Museum's Jan. 16 gala.
Industry News
  • La Asociación Española de Nueva Iberia, Inc. (LAENI, Inc.) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Sliman Theater. All members (and persons interested in becoming new members) are invited to attend. Annual membership dues are $25. Plans for the 3rd Annual El Festival Español (to be held Nov.14-16, 2014) will be discussed. If you are interested in sharing your talents to help plan the festival and other activities for the year, please join them. Please remember that if you bought a ticket to the Gala in November, you have already paid your dues. If you did not receive your membership card, it will be given at the meeting. For additional information, please email 
  • Delcambre Direct Seafood and SHUCKS! The Louisiana Seafood House have teamed up to bring Vermilion Bay Sweet Black Drum to Shucks in Abbeville. You can get it grilled, filet or on the "half shell." Pictured are the fishermen, Monsieur Doug Olander and his son Corey, with Chef David Bertrand (center), Shuck's co-owner.
  • A journalist with Travel Journal Japan toured our area on Feb.3. He was escorted by Jeff Richard with the Louisiana Department of Tourism. IPCVB provided lunch and a media kit. LOT has partnered with Travel Journal Japan to create a 12 page insert showcasing Louisiana to the Japanese market. 

  • Due to last week's weather, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce is extending its deadline to Friday, Feb. 7, to apply for the Leadership Iberia program. Leadership Iberia's mission is to build a strong sense of community trusteeship by creating and empowering a broad network of well-informed leaders, whose strengthened commitment to community involvement will affect positive change in the Greater Iberia Parish area. E-mail for an application. Only 14 individuals will be chosen.

  • Many of our visitors want to do swamp tours and Lake Martin offers excellent swamp tour opportunities. If you are interested in helping to protect the nationally significant waterbird rookery, please contact them to join their amazing team of volunteers. Details here.

  • Do you want to help promote Shadows-on-the-Teche? Contact them about their new rack card.

  • The new rack cards for the Louisiana Gourd Show to be held in April in New Iberia are in! Come get yours today at our welcome center.


Marketing & Funding Opportunities

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  • SOCIAL MEDIA TIP #21Make sure everyone involved in social media at your company or organization is on the same page regarding your social media policies, ie. what is appropriate to post on the company's Facebook. Also train your employees to make sure their personal accounts do not tarnish your company's image. You can also create separate personal and professional accounts and tweak your privacy settings, ie. show certain posts to friends only.   
  • Camp Bon Coeur in Lafayettea summer camp for children with heart defects, is looking for donations for the silent auction featured at their annual Hearty Party. They are asking for a donation valued at $50 or more. Your donation will be listed in their program and your business will be visible on their sponsor signs. See the request letterDownload the donor form.

  • The Louisiana Travel Promotion Assoc. will be representing its members including the IPCVB at the Louisiana Sportsman Show March 13-16, 2014. If you are interested in attracting outdoor enthusiasts and would like to participate in the show contact show organizers at you would like to participate in a future show and co-sponsor a booth with the IPCVB please contact our office




  • It's not too soon to sign up for the Christmas brochure program through LTPA.

    Here's a recap of what the program entailed:


    *LTPA Printed 35,000 brochures that were distributed to welcome centers and with Certified Folder  

    *1/4 page ad placed in Louisiana Cookin's Nov/Dec issue

    *1/4 page ad placed in Country Roads' December issue

    *Banner ad campaign on Statewide Louisiana Press websites

    *Banner ad on

    *Brochure downloadable on

    IPCVB had a full page advertisement in the 2013 brochure, which we shared previously. We will advertise in the 2014 brochure. LTPA members can also advertise independently. For information on the program consult the LTPA marketing plan (page 61). 
Iberia in the Media


  • Did you see Pierre Shadeaux, our Cajun Ground Hog, in the Jan./Feb. edition of Louisiana Kitchen and Culture (p. 82)? Pick up your free magazine at our welcome center today!



  • The AKC Agility Trials were featured in Gulf Coast Wave's e-newsletter "54 Best Events of the Gulf Coast - February 1-14, 2014." Submit your event too!


  • The January issue of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine is featuring Iberia Parish (p. 88).


On the Web
  • Connect with the Iberia Parish Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana on Facebook to learn about funding opportunities and community efforts.

  • Brenda's Dine In & Take Out in New Iberia.Brenda's Diner is on Frommer's list of "Lip-Smacking Restaurants Around South Louisiana."





Louisiana and Beyond
  • Cajun Palms RV Resort owner Lee Venable is building a prehistoric park in Henderson with 26 life-size dinosaur statues plus five more with robotic movements.  


  • The Atchafalaya State Welcome Center on I-10 will be closed until Feb. 10 for the connection of a newly installed sewer plant, generator and water supply tank.


A bientôt (See you soon!)



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