Office of Tourism Update
November 10, 2016
Louisiana Showcased During 2016 World Travel Market London
The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) exhibited for a 25th consecutive year during the World Travel Market (WTM) London from November 7-9, 2016. The three-day, business-to-business event is billed as the leading global travel show in the industry. During the event, LOT worked closely with our partners in the UK, Travel and Tourism Ltd., to display the best of the best in Louisiana Travel to international tour operators and media. Also joining LOT to exhibit at this year’s event was a delegation which included the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, River Parishes Tourist Commission, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Whitney Plantation.  

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More Direct Access to New Orleans and Louisiana for International Visitors and Businesses
Third Airline Recently Announces Direct Service to Louis Armstrong International Airport

Starting in mid-December, Choice Aire will begin offering direct, non-stop flights from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to New Orleans. Choice Aire, operated by XTRA Airways, joins British Airways and Condor Airlines as the most recent additions to the non-stop, international flights to operate out of Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Flights will depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays and can seat up to 150 travelers. The addition of this flight to Louis Armstrong International Airport is expected to improve connections between business in both New Orleans and Latin America.

The three hour flight on the Boeing 737-400 offers round trips staring at $499 and includes one free carry-on and checked in bag as well as a snack and beverage.

Headquartered in Miami, Choice Aire has more than 30 years of experience in the air and travel industry. 

World Championship Fishing Headed to South Louisiana

Lafourche Parish is set to host the 2016 Hobie® Fishing World Championship from December 4-10 in Leeville. Hobie officials say they chose Lafourche Parish for the 6th annual tournament because of the quality of fishing throughout all seasons, water accessibility for kayaking, and southern hospitality,

Tournament fisherman and guests can expect an abundance of redfish, speckled trout, and flounder while kayak fishing. A champion will be crowned on December 11 based on the highest cumulative length of fish caught during a three day period of competition.

“Events like Hobie® continue to shine a light on one of Lafourche Parish’s best assets, fishing,” said Timothy Bush, Bayou Lafourche Areas CBV Executive Director. “The visibility of this event will help potential visitors see the recreational value of our destination and why they should experience it firsthand.”

This tournament will air on CBS Sports and Fox Sports networks in late February or early March 2017. For more information on the tournament, visit

Readers Choose Louisiana CVBs Among Best Meeting Sites in the South

The votes are in… and seven Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus are celebrating being named to the ConventionSouth 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Louisiana also had a handful of hotels around the state honored with the award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated their favorite sites where they received exemplary service for group events. With more than 4,000 voters participating, this year proved to be the most successful yet for the magazine. One in particular, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2016 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. Congratulations to all of Louisiana’s award winners for your outstanding service and reputation.

Full list of 2016 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

The Sun Lauds Shreveport in Southern Hellcat Road Trip

Notable UK outlet The Sun recently gave several Shreveport attractions kudos in a Southern U.S. road trip piece. Author Rob Lewis toured several Gulf States in a Dodge Challenger “Hellcat” package, and his Shreveport jaunt included stops at Herby K’s, Municipal Auditorium, Gators and Friends, Marilynn’s Place and a drive-thru daiquiri stand. The Sun is one of the UK’s most popular tabloids, with readership in excess of two million.


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