Louisiana Traveler - Tourism in SWLA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana Traveler - Tourism in SWLA

(Source: KPLC Viewer Net) (Source: KPLC Viewer Net)

While many of us may take tourism for granted, visitors like to come to Southwest Louisiana. Whether it's through one of the area gaming destinations or just traveling down the interstate, the Lake Charles area is a destination for visitors.

"Tourism has a great economic impact on Southwest Louisiana," said Megan Hartman, Senior Marketing Manager at the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Last year, it brought $358 million dollars to Calcasieu Parish. That's tax money that we're not having to spend, because of what tourists are spending whenever they come to visit."

Many of those visitors stop at the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau on Lakeshore Drive to get advice on local things to see.

"We have brochures displayed from the entire state of Louisiana," Hartman said. "We have a SWLA section and then we move on to other regions of the state."

The gift shop is also popular.

"When people come to Louisiana and particularly SWLA, they love gators," said Public Relations Manager Kaylen Fletcher. "They want to see authentic alligators. We even have an alligator pond located here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau and we have alligator heads and teeth."

Tourism week starts Saturday, May 4, with several events planned, including a chance to vote on the area's top 20 restaurants.  

"Everybody is going to have a chance to vote on three restaurants," said Hartman. "Entries will be submitted and calculated together. Then the top restaurants will have these window clings in their window at their restaurant."

For more information on Tourism Week events, go to www.visitlakecharles.org

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Limited services at Calcasieu Division of Planning and Development during system upgrade

    Limited services at Calcasieu Division of Planning and Development during system upgrade

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:58 AM EDT2017-03-30 10:58:32 GMT
    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (Source: KPLC)Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (Source: KPLC)

    Services will be limited at Calcasieu Parish Division of Planning and Development office as the department undergoes a system upgrade this week.

    More >>

    Services will be limited at Calcasieu Parish Division of Planning and Development office as the department undergoes a system upgrade this week.

    More >>
  • Warning about snake bites

    Warning about snake bites

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:34 AM EDT2017-03-30 10:34:38 GMT
    Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

    More >>

    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

    More >>
  • K-9 police procession to crematory held on Wednesday

    K-9 police procession to crematory held on Wednesday

    Thursday, March 30 2017 4:34 AM EDT2017-03-30 08:34:30 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Roscoe, the Crowley police K-9 officer who was shot and killed during an overnight shooting last week, was honored on Wednesday in a special procession.

    More >>

    Roscoe, the Crowley police K-9 officer who was shot and killed during an overnight shooting last week, was honored on Wednesday in a special procession.

    His handler officer, Tate Thibodeaux, was hospitalized in the shooting.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly