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Louisiana Travel Association Honors Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism & President & CEO, Cody A. Gray, as 2022 Louey Award Winners


Raceland, LA (Feb. 7, 2022) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) introduced Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism as the winner of the 2022 Louey Award for Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Year (budget from $500,000 - $999,999) during its Annual Meeting last week in Alexandria, LA.

In addition, President & CEO of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, Cody A. Gray, received the 2022 Louey Award for Rising Star of the Year.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Louey award for CVB of the year and to personally receive the Louey Award for Rising Star of the Year” said Cody A. Gray, President & CEO of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism. “2021 was a challenging year for our organization and destination overall. I am so proud of all that we were able to accomplish, despite the adversities thrown our way. It is a privilege to lead such a talented and committed team. Without the dedicated professionals, our board of directors, and the tourism partners that we have, we would not be able to position Lafourche Parish as a year-round tourism destination. I am also humbled to have been chosen to receive the Rising Star Award and could not be any more thankful for this incredible honor and recognition.”

This year, LTA presented 21 “Louey Awards” to honor and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry.

“I am thrilled and could not be any prouder of the recognition received for our organization and parish” said Marguerite Knight-Erwin, chair of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism’s Board of Directors. “We faced many challenges and difficulties in Lafourche Parish over the last year nonetheless Hurricane Ida and Covid-19. However, our organization continued to push forward and set an example as a leader in the Louisiana tourism industry.”

The 2022 LTA Louey Award winners also include:

Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Year (budget up to $499,999): Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau;
Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Year (budget from $1 million and above): Louisiana Northshore;
Tourism Campaign of the Year (budget up to $29,999): Louisiana’s Myths & Legends Byway;
Tourism Campaign of the Year (budget of $30,000 and above): Louisiana’s Playground Brand Campaign, Visit Lake Charles;
Festival/Event of the Year: NOLAxNOLA, New Orleans & Company;
Attraction of Year: Living the Dream Guide Service;
Accommodation of the Year/Full-Service Lodging: Clarion Inn Morgan City;
Accommodation of the Year/Limited-Service Lodging: Wildwood Resort;
Major Event of the Year: DBB, INC. 65th World Series, Discover Monroe-West Monroe;
Accommodation of the Year/Bed & Breakfast: Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed & Breakfast, Amite City;
Restaurateur of the Year: Pat Gallagher, St Tammany;
Campground/RV Park of the Year: Lincoln Parish Park;
Community Partnership of the Year: Rebuilding SWLA Community Coalition;
Legislative Travel Champion: Representative Randall Gaines;
Legislative Travel Champion: Senator Page Cortez;
Louisiana Spirit Award: Walt Leger, New Orleans & Company;
Victor Profis Travel Media Award: Dustin Gontarski, Compass Media, LLC;
Marion “Butch” Fox Advocacy Award: Kyle Edmiston, Visit Lake Charles;
Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement: Phil Frost, Baton Rouge Zoo.

To learn more about Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, visit https://www.lacajunbayou.com/ 

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