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LACVB Chairman's Message

For decades, I have been blessed to work with many talented people in the tourism industry to promote the state I am so very proud of. I am incredibly honored to serve as your chair of the Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Involvement with LACVB has been an incredible experience and I look forward to working more closely with passionate colleagues across this great state. Tourism as a business and economic driver continues to be successful year after year and while the COVID-19 pandemic and devastating hurricanes have thrown us a curve ball after multiple record years of visitation to the state, I look forward to working even harder to support our industry to bring it back to those record numbers.

In 2021, we hope to continue to build on the momentum we have as an organization through continued advocacy and promotion of our communities. With a growing voice at the Capitol, LACVB will be a unified advocate for our members by sharing the value that tourism brings to our individual communities as well as the entire state.

As we recover from the pandemic and weather events our communities have experienced recently – the tourism industry cannot afford to be silent. Our message and voice must be louder than ever.

With Billy Nungesser as our lieutenant governor, we have a true supporter of tourism at the Capitol. His passion for the state fosters enthusiasm for the entire tourism industry. We look forward to working with him and the Office of Tourism to determine the best way to promote our beautiful state.

If you have any ideas on how LACVB can help serve you and our industry better, please feel free to contact me, Arlene Gould at director@natchitoches.com . I am excited to work with all of you in 2021 to continue to make our great state of Louisiana the premier destination for visitors from across the globe.