Commission OKs tourism promotion plan
By: Paul Kedinger
The members of the Acadia Parish Tourist Commission gave its stamp of approval to an proposal outlining how they plan to spend $68,828.96 in BP funding of the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program during their meeting Thursday morning.
Cheryl Richard reviewed the planned activities she and Gwen Hanks, executive secretary, assembled in order to submit to the Louisiana Office of Tourism for approval and funding. The project outline must also be approved by the director of planning and economics of BP Exploration & Productions, Inc.
The funds provided to tourism commission and the State Office of Tourism by British Petroleum are intended to overcome misconceptions about the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The plan is segmented into six quarterly categories that will conclude in July 2012.
In addition to purchasing advertisements in the Louisiana Tour Guide book, the LTPA Louisiana Outdoor Adventures, the LPTA recipe book for a travel and vacation show, planned activities include funding advertising for parish fairs and festivals, purchasing cooperative television advertising with the Louisiana
Office of Tourism. There are also provisions to update the Commission’s marketing packets and DVD, the parish tourism website and sponsoring agricultural tours for national RV rally groups.
Treasurer Paul Broussard reported that a technical error in the Commission’s $3 million capital outlay request sent to the Louisiana Legislature has been corrected. He added that Commission members have been met with Senator Mike Michot, Representative Jack Montoucet and Governor Jindal’s chief of staff in support of the request earmarked for the development of a convention center adjutant to the Commission’s office on Tower Road.
Broussard announced that architect Trey Trahan will unveil his conceptual design for the convention center at 2 p.m. March 2. Parish mayors, and police jurors will be invited to share their visions of what is important for Acadia Parish with Trahan.
Commissioners discussed the upcoming redistricting public meetings, with Paul Broussard and Kayla Link emphasizing the importance of local residents share their opinions on the options being considered to redraw congressional and legislative districts.
The Louisiana Legislature’s joint statewide public meetings by the House and Senate Governmental Affairs committees on the upcoming redistricting process begin this month.
In the Lafayette area, the redistricting meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Moncus Theatre, at 101 W. Vermilion Street.
Executive Director Hanks reported the Commission received $15,000 in Enterprise Tax funds and that a bond payment is due April 1.
Hanks reported that tourist inquiries have “been kind of slow”, though the office did received 105 call-ins and almost 5,000 hits on its website.
Hanks reported that she and Commission member Charlotte Jeffers attend the Louisiana Tourism Summit in Baton Rouge and were impress by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.