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Iberia tag 4C 
  Feb. 25, 2014  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder, Joyeux Mardi Gras!               
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassador of the Week


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Introducing the Iberia Parish Tourist Commission's new At Large Representative, Madame Linda Horton, the Berry Queens' Queen on da geaux.
Meetings and Events
Feb. 25
Iberia Parish Tourist Commission's Meeting, 10:30 p.m., IPCVB
Gracias, merci, thank you!

  • Madame Jane Braud for the Downtown Spring Artwalk flyer and 
Shadows-on-the-Teche Arts & Crafts Show Artist

Industry News
  • The birds are starting to flock back into Bird City at Jungle Gardens! We are ready for spring. Are you?


  • A group of French exchange students and their teachers visited Iberia last week. Details here.

  • Over 500 people visited the Louisiana Travel Promotion Assoc. booth at the Florida Snowbird Extravaganza and signed up for the giveaway. The Louisiana recipe book, in which we advertise, was distributed.

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  • The Sugar City Growers Co-op held a groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Jeanerette. The co-op is a certified BestLife Iberia garden project. BestLife Iberia Gardens is a program of the BestLife Iberia initiative of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation. The Sugar City Growers Co-op will bring year round vegetable production to Jeanerette through its hydroponic garden. 
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  • Submit your nominations for the Louisiana Culture Awards to be awarded this coming April. There are major categories for Historic Preservation and Main Street. You may submit as many different nominations as you would like. Deadline: March 26, 2014. Details here.


  • Apply for the Louisiana Office of Tourism's Competitive Grant Program, which aims at encouraging and supporting marketing of tourism events that will attract and retain visitors to the state and positively impact our tourism industry. Applications are due Friday, March 14, 2014.WEBINAR

  • Learn more about your customers by attending the State of the American Traveler webinar. This leading industry research report monitors the travel intentions, behavior and media use of U.S. leisure travelers. Join Southeast Tourism Society, Miles Media and research company Destination Analysts as they reveal highlights of the January 2014 report. The free webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 27. Register here.


  • Learn about the new Cajun Classique, New Iberia's floating dance hall, and more in the latest issue of the trilingual Bayou Teche Journal. Do you have anything to offer the Cajun Classic cruisers? Do you or anyone you know would like to participate? The deadline to register is March 1.

  • ATTENTION B&B OWNERS! The Red Chair recently stopped in Opelousas on its journey throughout the USA. Contact the blogger and invite her to your property! 

Iberia in the Media
  • KLFY-TV 10 featured our parish in its "Hello Acadiana" Roadshow last Wednesday. Click on the links below to watch the video segments:


  • Our collaboration with Gillies and Zaiser Public Relations representatives contracted by the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition, of which we are a member, generated Mardi Gras coverage in the following publications:


  • In its Feb./March issue, Acadiana Profile mentioned the Teche Ridge developments in New Iberia (p. 8) and featured the home of New Iberia resident Martha Brown (p. 18-22). Check out the Acadiana Regional Airport's ad on p. 61. Come pick up your free copy today at our welcome center!

On the Web
  • See which Iberia attractions are featured on's blog on family-friendly activities in Cajun Country.

Louisiana and Beyond
  • Both Lake Charles and Lafayette have compiled airport statistics for 2013, and both facilities noted significantly increased usage last year. 


A bientôt (See you soon!)



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