Baton Rouge, La. (Oct. 20, 2020) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) is announcing the cancellation of the state’s largest annual travel industry conference, the Lt. Governor’s Travel Summit, in the wake of two challenging hurricanes in Southwest Louisiana and the ongoing concerns for public health.
“After postponing the original conference in August due to the statewide rise in cases of Covid-19, our association and conference steering committee rescheduled the event for November,” said LTA President & CEO Jill Kidder. “Our staff, along with the Lt. Governor and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, have been working hard on sanitation and distancing measures to conduct an in-person conference with safety as the top priority. However, the difficult challenge of back-to-back hurricanes in Southwest Louisiana coupled with a new rise in Covid-19 cases has forced us to cancel.”
Summit was originally scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles. LTA rescheduled the conference for Nov. 10-12 after the governor announced the state had moved into Phase 3.
Participants who are already registered for the August Summit will receive email communication from LTA this week with options for a refund or deferral. Any questions about registration can be directed to Josie@LouisianaTravelAssociation.org. If a hotel reservation was made within the room block, the Golden Nugget will take care of the cancellation.
LTA is eager to return to hosting in-person events and anticipates educational travel industry programming in January.
About the Louisiana Travel Association
LTA is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. Tourism generated $1.92 billion in tax revenue for Louisiana in 2019 and employs more than 242,000 people throughout the state. For more information, visit LouisianaTravelAssociation.org.