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BREAKING: 7-10-08 S-B Tourist Bureau Presents 1st Ever Travel Outlook Conference July 14th
Thursday, Jul 10, 2008 10:57pm

SHREVEPORT, LA  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Talk) BREAKING: ECONOMIC NEWS 2pm 7-10-08  Amid the ever changing economy and the influence of oil and gas, film & other industries, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau will provide a forum to discuss both trends and the future of the hospitality industry locally. 

Open to the public, the first-ever "Travel Outlook Conference" will be held Monday, July 14th, 2008, at the Bossier Civic Center from 9am-3pm, with registration starting at 8:30am. Cost is $35 per person at the door, and that includes a continental breakfast, and lunch. 

This Event Forum will feature experts on local hot topics, including:

§        Cyber Command

§        Casinos

§        The Film Industry

§        Economic Development

§        Oil & Gas Industry

§        SB Tourism Industry Update

 

AGENDA For "Travel Outlook Conference" Monday, July 14th

 

9:00                      Welcome                        Stacy Brown

 

9:15-9:45              Wade Duty             Casino Association of LA

 

9:45-10:15             G. B. Cazes            Cyber Command

 

10:15-10:25           BREAK

 

10:25-10:45           Chuck Morse         Louisiana Office of Tourism

 

10:45-11:30           Judy Randall         CEO of Randall Travel Marketing

 

11:30-12:30           Film Panel

                               Arlena Acree, Tamara Lovatt-Smith, Producer

 

12:30-2:00            LUNCH                  Key Note:  Judy Randall

 

2:00-2:30              Joan Dunlap          Oil & Gas – PetroHawk

 

2:30-3:00               Shirt Sleeve Break Outs   

This first-ever ravel Outlook Conference will feature state officials and industry leaders from a variety of sectors who will present information about how their businesses impact local tourism.

These speakers also will discuss measures that Shreveport-Bossier’s hospitality industry can take in preparation for the influx of certain businesses to the area.

“This is something that has been needed for a long time,” said Stacy Brown, convention and tourist bureau president. “There are both short-term and long-term influences affecting our industry. We know that the industries coming in have needs, and we want to ensure that we fully understand what those needs are and that we effectively meet those needs.” 

Travel industry professionals will have the opportunity to participate in open discussions with guest speakers about an array of topics from restaurants and attractions, film, performing arts, retail and hotel and lodging.

“We want our local travel professionals to walk away with an idea of where the industry stands as we look ahead to next year, and also with information regarding what, if any, adjustments they need to make to stay ahead,” Brown said. 

Judy Randall, President and CEO of Randall Travel Marketing, will be a featured speaker at the Travel Outlook Conference.  

Randall has more than 20 years of travel, tourism and marketing experience. She has worked with numerous attractions, lodging and destination marketing organizations both nationally and internationally.   

Randall’s list of clients includes the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the State of Georgia Travel Guide Study, the State of Mississippi: Blues Alley Heritage Trail (24 Counties) and tourist bu­reaus in Central Florida, Lexington, Ky. And Memphis, Tenn., among others.   

All travel industry professionals are invited to attend. The cost is $25 for RSVP by July 10, and $35 at the door. The cost includes lunch. Payments accepted via cash or check only. To RSVP or for information, call Product Development/Research Manager Kathy Melancon at 429-0654.

Arlena Acree, Director of Film, Media and Entertainment, City of Shreveport - Acree was ap­pointed to her current position in 2006 by Mayor Cedric B. Glover. In 1998, she was appointed by Mayor Keith Hightower as Director of Economic Development. 

G.B. Cazes, Vice President, Cyber Innovation Center - Cazes has over seven years of experience in the Information Management & Information Technology fields.

Previous leadership duties for Cazes include serving as the Assistant Director of the Information Technology Consulting Group and as the Director of Transaction Management for a locally headquartered IT consulting and software development company.

Joan Dunlap
, Vice President of Investor Relations, Petrohawk Energy Corporation - Dunlap joined Petrohawk in 2004 as a founding partner. She also served as Assistant Treasurer through 2006. 

In her current role, Dunlap coordinates the areas of drilling and operations, land and leas­ing, acquisitions, development, marketing and strategic planning for Petrohawk as these func­tions relate to investors, landowners and other stakeholders in the company.  

Wade Duty
, Executive Director, Casino Association of Louisiana - Duty has been a practicing attorney for fifteen years, of which the last twelve have involved the gaming industry both as a regulator and industry advocate.  

In 1996 Duty served as Section Chief of the Louisiana Depart­ment of Justice Gaming Division’s Licensing and Compliance section before returning to private practice in 1999. 

Chuck Morse, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of Tourism - Morse oversees the state’s domestic and international marketing initiatives, including a $10 million annual advertising and public relations program, the state’s visitor welcome center network, the Atchafalaya Trace Com­mission and the Louisiana Byways Program. 

Morse also sits on the board of several professional tourism organizations, including Travel South, Travel Industry Association of America/National Council of State Tourism Directors and the Southeast Tourism Society. 

Bill Cooksey, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Shreveport Airport Authority and Tamara Lovatt-Smith, Associate Producer for the Broadway musical Angels also will speak.


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