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  April 29, 2014  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder, 
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassadors of the Week


Louisiana Day
Merci Mademoiselle Sammie Armentor, a 7th grader at Highland Baptist Christian School in New Iberia, and her mother, Madame Cheri Armentor, for teaching Zachary Elementary's students about Louisiana's culture, language and heritage on April 17. They are pictured with Monsieur Louis Mier of Zachary Elementary. 
Sammie sewed her costume herself. She made 400 Mardi Gras bead stars--a creative way of using leftover Mardi Gras beads--for the children in Zachary, and she passed them out in the "Mardi Gras Mask-Making Station." She also spoke to the classes about her participation in the Courir de Mardi Gras.
Sammie and Cheri will hold a similar "Louisiana Day" for Highland Baptist's 32 third graders today. Stations will include music/dancing, art, Mardi gras, storytelling, old time games, Cajun cuisine, and the Bayou Teche Project/trapping industry. 
Monsieur Paul Schexnayder with A&E Gallery and a member of the Teche Project will participate in the program. 
IPCVB provided ditty bags and pocket visitor guides.
Meetings and Events
May 27
Iberia Parish Tourist Commission Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at IPCVB
Gracias, merci, thank you!









  • Madame Cheri Armentor for the information on Louisiana Day.
Jeanerette Museum outside

  • Messieurs Curtis and Kevin Viator for the information and pictures of Grillin' in the Park. tourismweek
Industry News 

We invite you to join us at the following special events to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-11) :

  • Wednesday, May 7 - Iberia Parish Day at the Atchafalaya Welcome Center  
  • Thursday, May 8 - Unveiling of "Becoming New Iberia" interpretive kiosk at the New Iberia City Hall plaza in front of the fountain. 
  • Friday, May 9 - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will stop at TABASCO®/McIlhenny on Avery Island at 1 p.m. for a press conference.    
Click here for details.

  • Help us spread the word about the Joe Daigre Bridge Grand Opening Walk to be hosted by the 6th grade class of the Iberia Parish Gifted and Talented Program. They are preselling T-shirts to commemorate the event. T-shirt order forms are available at New Iberia City Hall, West End Park, New Iberia City Park and the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds will be donated to purchase new playground equipment for West End Park. Connect with them on Facebook

  • Steel Monkey, a motorcycle shop just opened its doors in Jeanerette. 








  • "What's your Travel Effect?" Video Contest. Two lucky travelers who answer that question in 60 seconds or less will get a wonderful weekend getaway. From May 3 (the first official day of National Travel and Tourism Week) to May 11, U.S. residents may upload brief videos that tell how travel benefits their lives. Whether it is taking one more day of paid time off to explore new places, reconnect with loved ones or accomplish something closer to home, the U.S. Travel Association wants to hear about it. Watch this video and submit your own!  


  • Our brand new pocket guides are in! Contact our office if you would like to distribute them at your business.


Marketing & Funding Opportunities
  • Like us on FacebookSOCIAL MEDIA/WEB TIP #32What are the leading mobile, social, and digital media trends? Find out at the free Digital Marketing Forum on May 8 at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center in Lafayette. Connect with digital media experts who can help you fine tune your multi-media strategy! Register here.
  • Do you want to promote your business/organization/event for free during National travel and Tourism Week? Join the IPCVB, Rip Van Winkle Gardens and LaQuinta Inn and Suites 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. Julyevents



  • Apply to the Louisiana Historical Marker program, which commemorates facts, people, events and places prominently identified with the history of the nation, state or region. Historical markers are privately sponsored and funded. Any individual or group may nominate a location or occasion of historical interest for historical marker commemoration. The Louisiana Office of Tourism is accepting applications for the program. Download one here. Deadline: May 21. For additional information contact Lynne Coxwell at 225-342-2876 or  scholarship
  • Miles Media is partnering with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association to offer a one-year tuition scholarship to STS Marketing College. The scholarship is open to anyone employed in the state's tourism industry. The deadline to apply is April 30, and the scholarship recipient will be notified in May. Click here to download the form. For additional information contact Vito Zuppardo at 504-256-6395 or   shopberrysmall


  • 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! Click here for the registration form.   
  • 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. 


Iberia in the Media
  • Main Street New Iberia was mentioned in an article about the Louisiana Main Street Program's 30th anniversary in the April issue of Preservation in Print (p. 11). 



On the Web
  • We have a new travel app for smartphones. Download it here!

Louisiana and Beyond




A bientôt (See you soon!)



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