Baton Rouge, La. (July 22, 2020) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) is announcing the postponement of the state’s largest annual travel industry conference, the Lt. Governor’s Travel Summit, a difficult but necessary response to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing concerns for public health.

“When we initially chose to move forward with plans for an in-person gathering in August, our association and conference steering committee hoped to showcase a safe return to travel and meetings in the ‘new normal,’” said LTA President & CEO Jill Kidder. “However, as cases of Covid-19 continued to rise statewide we sought the guidance of state elected leaders and health officials. With the choice to postpone, LTA, along with the Lt. Governor and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, are prioritizing the safety and well-being of our industry.”

Summit was originally scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles. LTA anticipates the announcement of alternate dates for Summit 2020 as Louisiana moves closer to Phase 3.

“Visit Lake Charles values our strong partnership with the Louisiana Travel Association and worked alongside their team to make the difficult decision to postpone,” said Kyle Edmiston, Visit Lake Charles President/CEO and Summit Steering Committee chairman. “Although a large group gathering is not possible at this time, we hope that many who had planned to attend Summit will choose to come back when the rescheduled date is announced. Louisiana’s Playground looks forward to hosting the Lt. Governor, Louisiana Office of Tourism, and the many tourism professionals from around the world!”

Participants and sponsors 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 .

Until we are able to meet in person, LTA encourages its members to utilize the educational resources on the association website to bring inspiration and education.

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 .