Louisiana Travel Association announces new officers and directors


The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) – which voted Jan. 23 to change its name to the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) – installed a group of tourism industry leaders as new officers for its executive committee and board of directors during the association’s Annual Membership Meeting Jan. 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette.

“For 57 years, LTA has strengthened Louisiana’s tourism industry through our marketing program, advocacy efforts and educational opportunities,” said Jill Kidder, LTA President and CEO. “We are thrilled that our members have selected tourism industry leaders from throughout the state to lead this organization as we continue to promote a viable job-creating and revenue-producing industry.”

New officers installed on the executive board committee include:

Chairman Travis Napper, Ruston-Lincoln CVB
Vice-Chair Janice Delerno Verges, The Stockade Bed & Breakfast
Secretary Ben Berthelot, Lafayette CVC
Treasurer Kerry Andersen, Pinnacle Entertainment
Immediate Past Chair Mark Romig, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

New directors:

Timothy Bush, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou
Dustin Gontarski, Compass Media
Jennifer Ritter Guidry, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
Kevin Kelly, Houmas House Plantation & Gardens

Returning directors:

Marc Becker, New Orleans Hotel Collection
Peggy Benoit, Carmel Inn & Suites Thibodaux
Dickie Brennan, Dickie Brennan & Company
Alana Cooper, Monroe-West Monroe CVB
John Crook, Vernon Parish Tourist Commission
Brandy Evans, Shreveport-Bossier CTB
Marion Fox, Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission
Arlene Gould, Natchitoches Parish CVB
Andy LeBouef, Mardi Gras World
Ralph Ney, Marriot Hotel Baton Rouge
Donna O’Daniels, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission
Lynette Tanner, Frogmore Plantation & Gins
Denise Thevenot, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

About the Louisiana Travel Association

LTA, formerly the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. The membership voted in early 2018 to shorten the association’s name and staff is working with an agency to reveal a full rebrand later this year. Tourism generated $1.04 billion for Louisiana in 2016 and employs more than 230,000 people throughout the state. For more information, visit LTPA.org.

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