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Cody Gray, Tourism Director for Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, Assumes Two New Leadership Roles in State Tourism Industry

Cody Gray, Tourism Director for Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou,
Assumes Two New Leadership Roles in State Tourism Industry

Raceland, Louisiana (January 6, 2022) – Cody Gray, President and CEO of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, Lafourche Parish’s destination marketing organization, has been appointed to the board of directors for both the Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (LACVB) and the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA). These are separate organizations, separate roles and separate appointments, but the fact that Gray’s terms will begin at roughly the same time – this month with the LACVB and in February for the LTA – is testament to the fact that Lafourche Parish’s tourism director is making his mark on the state’s tourism industry … and shining a bright spotlight on Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in the process.

On January 1, Gray began his one-year term as Secretary of the LACVB, which is comprised of tourism offices from all over the state. He’ll then rotate through the various board positions for the next few years before becoming the group’s chair. Meetings take place throughout the year and all over the state, meaning that Gray will be able to assess the role of tourism in other parishes across Louisiana and learn best practices while educating his peers about the economic impact tourism has on Lafourche Parish.


Our Town That's Small Has It...All!


Thibodaux Named One of the Country’s Coolest Small Towns and One of the Best Small Town Food Scenes.

Raceland, Louisiana (December 2, 2021) – Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism acknowledges that Thibodaux is a small town, but we’re pleased to share the news that our parish seat received two BIG national honors last month. In early November, USA Today 10Best announced that Thibodaux offers the #2-ranked Best Small Town Food Scene anywhere in the United States, thanks in great part to our flourishing Cajun Bayou Food Trail.

This was a Reader’s Choice Award contest, in which the website’s readers – averaging about 5 million per month – vote for their favorite nominees in each category. After four weeks, the votes were tallied and the results are in: Thibodaux (officially) has an amazing food scene. Of course, we knew that already … but now millions of potential visitors from around the country know it, too! We couldn’t have done it without everyone who voted for Thibodaux and, more importantly, all the chefs and restaurants that contribute to our unique food culture here in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou.


Louisiana Parishes Aim to Score with #ExploreMore

Louisiana Parishes Aim to Score with #ExploreMore

Lafourche and Tangipahoa Tourism Offices Unite for Their Respective Home Teams


Raceland, Louisiana (November 17, 2021)
 – Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism and Tangipahoa Tourism have reignited a joint tourism initiative in an effort to get residents and fans of each parish to #ExploreMore. The initiative first came to fruition at the end of 2019 and now -- two years later – it’s back and better than ever.


Tourism Director for Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Is Named One of the Nation’s Seven “Emerging Tourism Stars”

Tourism Director for Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Is Named One of the Nation’s Seven “Emerging Tourism Stars”

Raceland, Louisiana (July 9, 2021) – Cody Gray, President and CEO of  Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, Lafourche Parish’s destination marketing organization, has been named an Emerging Tourism Star for 2021” by Connect Travel, the owner and producer of the annual eTourism Summit.

Gray will be among the inaugural class of Emerging Tourism Stars, a select group of tourism leaders who will be recognized by a brand-new annual program that was designed to honor top professionals in the field of destination marketing.


National Travel & Tourism Week: Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Celebrates the Power of Travel

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021: Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Celebrates the ‘Power of Travel’

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021 (May 2-8) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry.

Raceland, LA (May 3, 2021) National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme Power of Travel.


LCBT Awards $67,500 to Support Festivals and Events Recovery

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Awards $67,500 to Support
Festivals and Events Recovery in Lafourche Parish

Raceland, Louisiana (April 12, 2021) – Tourism is an economic force that benefits the entire parish, and today Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism awarded $67,500 in grant funds to support the return and sustainability of festivals and events in Lafourche Parish.

The tourism office’s 2021 Festivals and Events Support Grant through the Tourism Investment Program (TIP) was created for this year to provide vital assistance to the Lafourche Parish festivals and events industry as it continues to recover from the hardships faced from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s special program was designed to provide funds to be used by organizations as they market, advertise and otherwise promote visitation to their festivals and stimulate growth of those events, which are held up and down Bayou Lafourche. Festivals and events are a top tourism draw for Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, as they showcase the region’s history, culture, food and music to out-of-town guests, who will stay in the parish and help the local economy as part of the process.


LCBT Welcomes New Sales and Marketing Manager

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Welcomes New Sales and Marketing Manager

Raceland, Louisiana (April 6, 2021) Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, Lafourche Parish’s destination marketing organization, this week welcomed its new sales and marketing manager, Ian Wallis.

Wallis fills a position that had been vacant since last fall, when Cody Gray was promoted from that role to serve as the tourism office’s President and CEO.


New Bed & Breakfast Set to Open in Lockport

New Bed and Breakfast set to Open in Lockport.

Lockport will soon be home to a new bed and breakfast that combines an elegant blend of authentic Louisiana history with modern conveniences, giving guests the opportunity to step away from everyday worries and simply experience the “Bayou life.”

Owners Rene’ and Barbara Claudet are pleased to announce the opening of their historic home, Bouverans,” built in 1860 and located at 7602 Highway 1, as a bed and breakfast. Except for a brief five-year period, for more than 160 years, Bouverans has been owned by descendants of its builder, Pierre Joseph Claudet. Claudet was Rene’s great-great-grandfather, and he arrived in Louisiana directly from France.


Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Names New President and CEO

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Names New President and CEO

Cody A. Gray Officially Assumes Leadership of Lafourche Parish’s Local Tourism Office
 

Raceland, Louisiana (December 17, 2020) – Last night the board of directors of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, Lafourche Parish’s destination marketing organization, officially named Cody Gray the tourism office’s new President and CEO.


Parish Tourism Leader to Depart Organization

Parish Tourism Leader to Depart Organization after More Than Five Years; Interim President and CEO Named

(October 1, 2020)– The Board of Directors of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, Lafourche Parish’s destination marketing organization, announced today that Timothy Bush, who has served as president and CEO since March 2015, will leave his role on October 15.  Bush will be relocating to Spartanburg, South Carolina to join OneSpartanburg, Inc., South Carolina’s first consolidated business, economic and tourism development organization as Chief Tourism Development Officer.

“I am truly humbled to have had the opportunity to serve the Lafourche Parish community, tourism partners and stakeholders over the last five-plus years,” Bush said. “It has been a tremendous honor to promote tourism to one of Louisiana’s truly unique and distinctive destinations. I am so appreciative to our incredible board of directors and for the faith they put in me daily to lead this organization.”


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