Annual awards recognize best of the Louisiana tourism industry

The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) introduced Indian Creek Recreation Area as the winner of the Campground/RV Park of the Year during its Annual Meeting last week in Charenton, La.

This year, LTA presented 19 “Louey Awards” to honor and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry.

“It is wonderful to have such an important part of our community honored with this award,” said Sherry Ellington, Executive Director, CEO of the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Indian Creek Recreation Area is beyond deserving of this award because they are a huge draw for travelers to our area and dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents by offering a variety of events and experiences.”

Indian Creek Recreation Area is managed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. It hosts 100 acres of developed recreation facilities, 250 acres of primitive camping area, and the 2,250 acre Indian Creek Lake. The recreation area has over 100 campsites with water and electricity. Other amenities include 3 beaches, 5 bathrooms, laundry facilities, playground, handicap parking, boat launch, canoe rentals, wi-fi (in RV area), a covered pavilion which is available for rent and a fishing pier coming soon. Indian Creek also hosts a varietyof events throughout the year that are family and pet friendly and draw people from near and far to their facilities.

Additionally, LTA celebrated the graduation of Ann Savage, Marketing/Public Relations Manager of the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chelsey Sharplin, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Alexandria Downtown from the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (LTLA).

The 22 members of the LTLA class spent all of 2019 developing their leadership skills while learning from seasoned professionals from throughout the tourism industry. The goal of the program is to equip each class member with knowledge and skills that will enrich their tourism-related organizations, therefore strengthening the state-wide tourism industry. This graduating class contributes more than $100,000 in pro bono work for Louisiana companies.

The introduction of the incoming LTLA class was also presented and includes Jerianne Thomas, Tour & Travel Manager of the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. She will join 22 other tourism professionals from across Louisiana in the courses this year.

Other LTA Louey Award winners also include: Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget up to $499,999); Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget from $500,000 – $999,999); Visit Lake Charles, Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget from $1 million and above); Blush & Bashful Weekend, Tourism Campaign of the Year (budget up to $29,999); New Orleans at World Pride, Tourism Campaign of the Year (budget of $30,000 and above); Rougarou Fest, Festival/Event of the Year; Gator Chateau, Attraction of Year; Windsor Court Hotel, Accommodation of the Year/Full-Service Lodging; Hotel Cazan, Accommodation of the Year/Limited-Service Lodging; USA Boxing, Major Event of the Year; Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed & Breakfast, Accommodation of the Year/Bed & Breakfast; Dave Evans of Luna Bar & Grill, Restaurateur of the Year; 2019 Destination Downtown – Hammond, Community Partnership of the Year; Representative Stephen Dwight, Legislative Travel Champion; Senator Troy Carter, Legislative Travel Champion; Nelson Gumm, Victor Profis Travel Media; Taylor Beard Stanley with Visit Lake Charles, Rising Star of the Year; and Linda Curtis-Sparks with the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement.

Other members of the graduating class of LTLA include: Katherine Simon Andry, Zehnder Communications; Jerrica Bennett, Monroe-West Monroe CVB; Buddy Boe, River Parishes Tourist Commission; Alia Casborne, City of Mandeville; Kimberly Chauvin, Down the Bayou Shrimp Tours; Melissa Chiasson-Durocher, Houma Area CVB; Matthew Cope, Louisiana Office of Tourism; Joni Pitre Duet, Houma Area CVB; Kylie Gravois, Ascension Parish Tourism; Serena Gray, Webster Parish CVB; Jessica Henry, Lafayette CVC; Philip Lawrence, Jackson Parish Tourism; Jill Leo, Natchitoches Historic Business Association; Jennifer Mamon, Ruston Lincoln CVB; Colten Miller, Visit Lake Charles; Jason Miller, Louisiana Office of Tourism; William Precht, Visit Lake Charles; Ethan Rodrigue, Laura Plantation; Lauryn Sharplin, Holiday Inn Express Natchitoches; and Carla Tate, Tangipahoa Parish CVB.

The 2020 class of LTLA includes: William Bloom, Louisiana Office of Tourism; Holly Cope-Lynn, City of Broussard; Gina Ann DePingre’, Shreveport-Bossier CTB; Nancy Dessens, Renaissance Publishing; Jill Dryden, The Advocate; Kathryn Shea Duncan, Visit Lake Charles; Lindsey Frugé, Houma Area CVB; Kaitlyn Gallegos, Visit Lake Charles; Pamela Hayes, Office of Lt. Governor; Jessica Hebert, LBA Hospitality; Emilee Hoenes, Visit Lake Charles; Annie Irvin, Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden; Tara Lusignan, New Orleans & Company; Lizzie Elvig Moss, The Myrtles Plantation; Abbey Palagi, New Orleans & Company; Steven Perrilloux, Historic Riverlands Tour; Brittany Perrin, Airboat Adventures; Mike Roebuck, Lafayette CVC; Julie Rogers, DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau; Bill Sherman, Office of Lt. Governor; Amber Slinin, LBA Hospitality; Anna Strider, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission.

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