May 8, 2013 9:54 AM by Kristen Holloway

It's National Travel and Tourism Week

It's National Travel and Tourism Week.
This week The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission is saying thank you by celebrating the importance of tourism in Acadiana.

Tasty food, good music, unique culture and genuine people, Lafayette is an amazing place to live and because of this Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission or LCVC is saying thanks.

"We have a familiarization tour where we're going to take some of our industry partners and our volunteers out to some of our attractions. We're going to be a tourist in our own home town," said LCVC Executive Director Ben Berthelot.

The first stop on the tour, Boudin and Brewery in Arnaudville, one popular Acadiana attraction, where LCVC and partners like Vermilionville and Acadian Village experienced so they can let visitors know about places like the Brewery.

Jeanne Lousao says promoting Acadian Village is promoting all of Lafayette and the surrounding areas.

"We're like tour guides. They want to know what else they can see in Lafayette so it's really important for us to experience other attractions so we can be knowledgeable and give them good information," said Lousao.

Accoring to LCVC, last year Lafayette had more than 75 million dollars in growth of hotel receipts, a nine million dollar increase from 2011.

"We went off a lot of momentum being the Tastiest Town of the South in 2012 and Best Food City in 2011by USA Today," said Berthlot.

Long time tour volunteers say this isn't a job for them because they have so much fun showing out-of-towners around Acadiana.

"The people that you meet from France and everywhere else, they're like Cajuns they just open up to you and they'll tell you their whole life story, how long they here for, how many in their party and what they want to see and do," said Martha Dupis and Russel Ardon.

In addition to giving information and brochures on attractions, all week long, LCVC is giving a unique gift to tourist and Acadiana residents who visits the visitors center.
It's located at 1400 Evangeline Thrwy.



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