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Iberia tag 4C 
  March 25, 2014  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder, 
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassador of the Week


Tasha Dugas, Rip Van Winkle Gardens' marketing representative
Madame Tasha Dugas, Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens' new marketing representative.
Meetings and Events
March 25
Iberia Parish Tourist Commission's Meeting, 10:30 p.m., IPCVB
Gracias, merci, thank you!
  • The Berry Queens for helping the Iberia Performing Arts League with concession sales at "Spamalot." 
Berry Queens selling concessions at IPAL Spamalot in New Iberia 
  • Monsieur Alex Patout with Landry's Cajun Seafood and Steakhouse and Madame Lori Hurst with Little River Inn for responding to Country Roads' call for small town chefs nominations.
  • Monsieur Michael Musumeche for helping with the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition's birding press release










  • Our following tourism partners for their help with the April 2-4 New York Daily News Media Tour:
    • Jungle Gardens, KONRIKO® and Bayou Teche Museum for the complimentary admission.
    • Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens for the complimentary tour of the gardens and room at the B&B.
    • McIlhenny Co. for the special media tour of the processing plant.
Industry News 
  • We provided a FAM tour and lunch for two writers with Le Guide du Routard last week. They are touring our area to update Le Routard, which is the #1 travel guide in France (the French equivalent of Fodor's and Frommer's guides). 30,000 copies of the "Louisiana and Southern cities" guides are sold every year and many of our French visitors mention it. The guide is aimed at advertising to travelers on good places/hotels/activities, to ensure that their experience is optimal.  
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From left, Cédric Fischer with Le Routard, Tasha Dugas with Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Bernard Fischer with Le Routard, Fran Thibodeaux with IPCVB, Céline Alis with IPCVB.


  • We are planning two more media tours:
    • April 2-4, one journalist with the New York Daily News.
    • April 14-15, Bob Jenkins, a freelance travel writer who works for various publications including Tampa Bay Times, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle. He also writes for a website called and includes all his pieces on his own website and in his e-books.

Pond at KOC Kapmground in New Iberia
  • KOC Kampground's brand new brochures are in. Come get your copy today at our welcome center! rvera
  • The Cajun RVera is set to open Friday. Join us at their grand opening ceremony at 3 p.m. and check out their website and Facebook
  • The traveling gourd has just arrived at our welcome center. Painted by seven Louisiana Gourd Society artists, it will be on display until the "Gourding on the Bayou" gourd show on April 3-5 in New Iberia. Click here to buy $1 raffle tickets to win the gourd.


Marketing & Funding Opportunities
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  • Have you ever wanted to host a movie premiere? By sponsoring a film, you can bring a great film to your community while helping support the film communitiy in Louisiana! Your donation to the Louisiana International Film Festival will cover the venue, film rental, and staffing costs to present the film. Details here.


  • ATTENTION ACCOMMODATIONS: Get your customers to review your property on website like TripAdvisor. Research shows that prospective guests read at least 6 reviews before booking. Read the article here.



  • Is your business a member of the Certified Folder brochure distribution program? You, your employees and dependents could qualify for the Anne Marie Fearn Memorial Scholarship. Deadline: April 30, 2014. cultureawards


  • IPCVB will draft letters of support for Iberia Parish nominations to 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.


Iberia in the Media
  • If you missed the "60 Minutes" TABASCO® feature on March 16, you can watch it here. 


  • Check out our ad (p. 37) in Louisiana Life's March/April issue. The Conrad Rice Mill and KONRIKO® are mentioned in an article on Louisiana rice (p. 12). Our festivals are included in an article on fairs (p. 48-55) and some of our March and April events figure on the statewide calendar (p. 83).
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Louisiana and Beyond
  • A trip on the proposed passenger train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans would take about an hour and 35 minutes with seven stops on the way, according to a recent study.   

  • Meetings contribute $130.2 billion to the U.S. domestic travel industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers reported. More here.  



A bientôt (See you soon!)



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