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Iberia tag 4C 
  April 8, 2014  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder, 
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassadors of the Week


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Monsieur and Madame Jeremy and Phaedra Stockstill, President and Vice President of the Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce, invite you to the Jeanerette Farmers Market this Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at the Jeanerette City Park. 
Meetings and Events
April 22
Iberia Parish Tourist Commission Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at IPCVB
April 26
GICC's Eggs and Issues-Common Core State Standards
May 3-11
Gracias, merci, thank you!





  • Madame Catherine Schramm for the azalea update and the picture published in yesterday's Sweet Picks.
Super 8 New Iberia King Size Bedroom
  • Our following partners for their help with the Bob Jenkins media tour:
    • Madame Pam Blanchard with Super 8 for providing the complimentary room.
    • Our attractions for the complimentary admission and interviews.

  • Monsieur Reagan Pierre with Candlewood for the warm, freshly baked cookies, which made us and our visitors very happy.
  • Madame Gail Porter with Bayou Teche Guest Cottage for providing complimentary rooms to the Culinary Trails film crew.




Industry News 
  • The Cajun RVera, located at the Acadiana Fairgrounds, had its official ribbon cutting on March 28, and is now accepting reservations for RV sites. The RV resort has a swim up bar, kiddie pool play area, lazy river, clubhouse, arcade and much more.  The resort's grand opening will be this weekend at the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival.
Photo by Brittany Racca


  • The Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening on March 27 to celebrate the chamber's acquisition of its new office space at 1440 Main Street. The building was once the site of the Jeanerette Lumber and Shingle company before housing the Cameron Simmons law office for approximately 20 years. The office building includes three offices downstairs and two upstairs, as well as a lot of historical significance to the community of Jeanerette.  
Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening 2014
From left, Jeremy Stockstill, Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce President; Phaedra Stockstill, Chamber Vice President; Gail Garcia, Chamber Member and Tourist Commission Events Community Representative; Debbi Mitchell, Tourist Commission Secretary/Treasurer/Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Representative; April Foulcard, Jeanerette City Mayor; Darnelle Delcambre, Iberia Tourist Commission Vice Chairman/Lodging Community Representative; and Fran Thibodeaux, IPCVB Executive Director.


  • We sponsored the printing of the Cajun Classique poster displayed at our center. The classic wooden boats will cruise from St. Martinville to New Iberia on Wednesday and participants will tour our area Thursday. Click here to see the itinerary (Iberia p. 5).

Jeanerette Museum
  • The Jeanerette Museum is now open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Join Awesome Adventures/Unique Destinations on Wednesday, May 28 for a day of touring of two of New Orleans Plantation Country's beautiful plantations and gardens. Cost of $125 includes escorted motorcoach trip with Lafayette and New Iberia departures (Jeanerette and Franklin pickups possible), guided tours of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and Laura Plantation, and lunch at Café Burnside at Houmas House.

    For more information, contact Madame Ginger Latiolais at or 337.962.5709.  

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  • We have two upcoming media tours:
    • April 14-15, Monsieur 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.
    • April 16-17, Miles Media tour to shoot the Louisiana Culinary Trails (Bayou Bounty) video. The project is intended to tell the rich story of Louisiana's culinary culture to potential visitors. The videos will be housed on YouTube and and will be shared via the Louisiana Travel and Louisiana Culinary Trails social media channels. Segments of the final videos may also be featured in the Louisiana Office of Tourism's traditional media campaign.  

  • The National Geographic US Goalf Coast Geotourism website is live after a year of work, and with contributions from almost 900 people from throughout the region. It features over 1,600 sites, attractions and businesses highlighting the places most respected and recommended by locals. The app is available to download and the print map is inked. In addition, a permanent Geotourism Stewardship Council, representing us and other stakeholders from the four states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi) has been established, has a strategy for its future, and is in the process of forming a non-profit to continue and expand on the goals of the program.

  • Did you notice our new sign?

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Marketing & Funding Opportunities
  • Like us on FacebookSOCIAL MEDIA/WEB TIP #30: To continue our discussion on email newsletters/eblasts, here are two local examples of e-mail promotions:
Some e-mailing services like Constant Contact enable you to archive your newsletters and post the links to your website. 

Click here to see our archive of News from IPCVB. (Password=IberianAmbassador1).

  • Do you want to promote your business/organization/event for free during National travel and Tourism Week? Join the IPCVB in our booth at the Atchafalaya Welcome Center on May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to promote Iberia Parish. The Atchafalaya Welcome Center receives over 20,000 visitors per year. Don't miss this free marketing opportunity to visit with and thank the staff for promoting Iberia Parish and our region. Contact our office for registration information.


  • The Cajun RVera needs your brochures, rack cards, flyers, maps, etc. to distribute to guests. Our visitor guide, the Discover Iberia Community Resource Guide, is being distributed. Contact Madame Bettina Kelly at 337-365-7539,  


  • ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS: the Greater Iberia Chamber is facilitating the Shop Berry Small campaign in a partnership with the IPCVB, City of New Iberia and BestLife Iberia. Take advantage of this free marketing opportunity! Register with the chamber today.   

  • 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. 


  • 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 community 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.


Iberia in the Media
  • The Louisiana Gourd Show , Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival and the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival are on the Louisiana Kitchen and Culture's e-blast and website. 
  • Click to watch the Cajun RVera's ribbon cutting ceremony on KLFY TV 10 and KATC TV 3. Did you spot the IPCVB staff?




  • Pick up your free copy of the April/May issue of Acadiana Profile where you will find:
    • Café Jefferson featured in an article on restaurants with a view (p.68)
    • Some of our local events (p. 70)
    • Our ad (p. 50) 
    • Acadiana Regional Airport's Ad (p. 17)


On the Web

Louisiana and Beyond
  • The Acadiana Table, a local food blog on our region's cuisine has been named a finalist in SAVEUR Magazine's 5th annual Best Food Blog Awards in the best regional cuisine category. You can help propel Acadiana Table to the top spot by voting here.

  • Did you know that the word "alligator" comes from "El lagarto," a Spanish term meaning "the lizard," which was what Spanish explorers and settlers called alligators when they first saw them in Florida? It was Anglicized into "allagarter" and then "alligator." Read more interesting facts about our famous lizard here.


A bientôt (See you soon!)



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