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Iberia tag 4C 
  May 6, 2014  
Dear Tourism Stakeholder, 
Voici les nouvelles (Here is the news):
Iberian Ambassadors of the Week
Merci to the gifted and talented sixth graders of Iberia Parish who will host a commemorative walk celebrating the grand opening of the Joe Daigre Bridge over Bayou Teche at Jefferson/Indest Streets this Saturday, May 10, beginning at City Hall on Main Street at 9 a.m. and proceeding through downtown to the Jefferson Street bridge. Details here.


Standing from left to right: Mesdemoiselles and Messieurs Kendall Pesson, Ethan Pham, Micah Anderson, Reginald Davis, Jr., Connor Ransonet, Tristin Bourque, Emma Chambers, Caitlin Migues, Maggie Struble, Brooklyn Mire, Kylie Touchet, Amber Metzel and Emilee Lopez. Kneeling: Daniel Lanclos, Madison Freyou, Gage Bouton and Colin Davis. 
Meetings and Events
May 27
Iberia Parish Tourist Commission Meeting, 10:30 a.m. at IPCVB
Gracias, merci, thank you!
  • Our following partners for promoting Iberia Parish in the Louisiana Hometown Network Main Street Road Show featuring Main Street New Iberia.
    • Madame Jane Braud, New Iberia Main Street Program
    • Madame Cathy Indest, Iberia Cultural Resources Assoc.
    • Madame Pat Kahle, Shadows-on-the-Teche
    • Monsieur and Madame Richard and Lori Hurst, Little River Inn
The show aired last Monday, April 28 on Channel 15/16 at 5 p.m. 
New Iberia - Louisiana Main Street Road Show
Watch the show here!

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.

  • "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!  


  • McIlhenny is now offering food tours Tuesdays-Thursdays from 1 - 4 p.m. Tours cost $49 per person for 6 tastings and leave from the TABASCO® Country Store. Call 337-373-6139 for reservations. Same day reservations need to be made by noon.
  • Last Sunday, April 29, four German and Swiss Journalists with Prestige Media (Switzerland), Sonntag Aktuell (Germany) and Zeit Online (Germany) toured our area with two reps from the Louisiana Office of Tourism in Louisiana and Germany.
Marketing & Funding Opportunities
  • Do you want to promote your business/organization/event for free during National travel and Tourism Week? Join the IPCVB, Rip Van Winkle Gardens, LaQuinta Inn and Suites and the Port of Delcambre 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


  • 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.

  • 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. We are promoting participating businesses on our website, social media, consumer newsletter, Iberia's Sweet Picks and in ads, including a banner ad on Take advantage of this free marketing opportunity! Click here to register.



  • 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
  • Promote your project with the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce's Operation Progress initiative. In an effort to be able to enumerate and promote the progressive activities taking place within Iberia Parish by civic, social, cultural and governmental entities, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, as your facilitator, is compiling a list of current activities and those planned for the near future. Submit your project by May 30, 2014. Details here.
  • Re-development Incentive Grant Applications for 2014-2015 are now available. Louisiana Main Street Redevelopment Incentive Grants encourage economic development through community reinvestment and revitalization by providing matching funds support for the redevelopment of historic downtown commercial properties in order to foster renewed interest in shopping, working, living downtown, and cultural tourism development by providing final support for the restoration and redevelopment (using historic preservation practices) of historic downtown commercial properties. Deadline: June 12, 2014. Details here.
Iberia in the Media
  • The Delcambre Poker Run was featured on Louisiana Kitchen and Culture's web calendar and e-newsletter last week.

  • A "Cox Across Louisiana" segment featuring Shop Berry Small and Berry Queen Jerre Borland is airing every day on Cox Channel 4 until May 9. It will air today at 7 a.m, 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.; and tomorrow at 7, 8 and 8:30 a.m. Click here for more air dates this week. 


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

Louisiana and Beyond
  • Cajun Musicians Joshua Caffery will present his new book, Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana, on May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Old US Mint in New Orleans.

In 1934, Alan Lomax and his father, John, began a trip across Louisiana's Cajun country during the height of the Great Depression. Equipped with a sound recorder, the two men traveled the state recording African-American and Acadian music. These recordings are among the most important sources of information about Louisiana traditional music existing today. 


Caffery will examine the Lomaxes' journey while providing a musical history of coastal Louisiana. A native of Franklin, Grammy Award-nominated Caffery is a writer, musician and founding member of the Red Stick Ramblers. He is also a member of Feufollet, a Cajun/Americana band based in Lafayette. This free public event is presented by the Louisiana State Museum.



A bientôt (See you soon!)



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