What is the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission?
The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission is a legislatively created political subdivision of the state, whose main charge is to promote tourism within St. Landry Parish. (LA RS 33:4574)
Positioning St. Landry Parish as a leading tourism destination in the state, region and south is the main objective of the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. By working with local accommodations, attractions, specialty shops, artists and restaurants, we continuously market and promote our unique heritage and culture, making tourism a leading industry in St. Landry Parish. The Commission is housed in an award-winning, sustainably-designed visitor information center. There, travelers are greeted and encouraged to explore our authentic Cajun and Creole communities, rich with local flavor, where “We live our culture!”
Facts About The Commission
The St. Landry Parish Tourist was chartered on November 4, 1981. The organizational meeting was held on November 18, 1981 in the Police Jury Chamber. The Commission is a non-profit organization, which is primarily funded by a 4% Parish Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax.
This financial support allows the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission to market St. Landry Parish and its attractions through sales efforts, advertising, and public relations. This financial support also pays for the day to day operating expenses of the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center located at 978 Kennerson Road at I-49, Exit 23 in Opelousas.
The Commission is governed by a seven-member board of directors, to be appointed by the governing authority of the parish. The commission meets on a monthly basis to review overall policy, budget, finances, marketing plans, and programs. This meeting is held every second Wednesday of the month at the visitor information center.
Board Meeting Agenda
Board Meeting Minutes
Tourist Commission Board of Directors
- Ginger Lecompte, Arnaudville
- John Slaughter, Grand Coteau
- Kelly Pitre, Eunice
- Mary Doucet, Opelousas
- Suzanne LaHaye, Eunice
- Wil Giron, Opelousas
- Yvonne Normand, Opelousas
Tourist Commission Staff
Travel Counselors assist guests at the Visitor Information Center Monday through Saturday, 9am-5pm, ready to provide information or assistance with planning an itinerary. The Tourist Commission’s Administrative Staff’s offices are also located in the Visitor Information Center and can be reached Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm at 337-948-8004.
Celeste Gomez, Executive Director
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Sarah Wise, Marketing Director
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Caitlin Bussey, Communications Manager
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