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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.”


First-Ever Bayou Feast Aims at Returning Diners to Local Restaurants

Lafourche Parish Offers Delectable Deals on Memorable Meals

First-Ever “Bayou Feast” Aims at Returning Diners to Local Restaurants

Raceland, Louisiana (September 24, 2020) – Throughout October, Lafourche Parish will host its first-ever “restaurant month.” Dubbed Bayou Feast and coordinated by Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, the goal of this new marketing campaign is to increase traffic at local restaurants all around the parish, by residents and visitors alike. The program is aimed at supporting local businesses while encouraging diners to celebrate the area’s one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural heritage.


Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Earns Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) Designation

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism Earns Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) Designation
 

Raceland, Louisiana (July 15, 2020) – Today Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, the destination marketing and management organization for Lafourche Parish, received a Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal from Destinations International, an association dedicated to elevating the tourism industry to its highest potential. The organization informs and inspires its members to ensure that tourism is both an economic engine for their communities and a way to improve the quality of life for visitors and locals alike. The DMAP accreditation recognizes a tourism bureau’s commitment to meeting the highest standards of performance in the tourism industry.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism took things one step further by achieving “accreditation with distinction,” an honor reserved for those tourism offices that go well beyond meeting the required standards of accreditation. Lafourche Parish is one of just a handful of small destinations in the country to achieve this high honor.


USA Today 10Best: Thibodaux Is Home to One of the Country’s Best Small-Town Food Scenes

Dishing up a Victory on USA Today 10Best: Thibodaux Is Home to One of the Country’s Best Small-Town Food Scenes
 

Raceland, Louisiana (July 10, 2020) – The town of Thibodaux today earned recognition from the popular website USA Today 10Best as having the #3-ranked Best Small-Town Food Scene in the country. Achieving this honor is in part a testament to the success of the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, an initiative launched by Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism two years ago.

The Cajun Bayou Food Trail boasts 16 restaurant participants throughout Lafourche Parish, seven of which are in Thibodaux. Since it launched in May 2018, the Trail has been a clever way for locals and visitors alike to experience the unique food cultures of this area.


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