CVB Honors Partners in Tourism and Recently Retired CEO, Shelley Johnson with Special Guest Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser

Style Magazine Newswire | 5/9/2019, 8:43 a.m.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 8, 2019)—The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (LC/SWLA CVB) honored partners in tourism who have made significant contributions to the tourism industry in Southwest Louisiana as well as recently retired CEO of the LC/SWLA CVB, Shelley Johnson, at the award ceremony held in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week on Tuesday, May 7, at Treasures of Marilyn’s. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was on hand at the ceremony to deliver the keynote address and assist with awards.

Johnson was honored by the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the City of Lake Charles with proclamations for May 7, 2019, being officially designated as “Shelley Johnson Day.” She was surrounded by colleagues from all over the country who attended the luncheon in her honor, and many paid tributes to her, having written heartfelt letters in advance of the event. The book of letters was presented to Johnson as a parting gift at the close of the National Travel & Tourism Week awards luncheon to commemorate her impactful career on the industry. She and Lt. Gov. Nungesser were also gifted with artwork, presented by local artist Candice Alexander in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week and Johnson’s tenure at the LC/SWLA CVB.

“The awards luncheon was a special occasion not only to honor our partners in tourism but also to pay homage to Shelley Johnson and the substantial contributions that she has made to the tourism industry. It was obvious by the caliber of tourism professionals who traveled across the state and country to attend during National Travel & Tourism Week, that she is an extraordinary mentor and prestigious leader in the industry who means so much to so many,” said Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of the LC/SWLA CVB.

The Tourism Lifetime Service Award was earned by Shelley Johnson. Over her 30-year career in tourism, Johnson is a pillar for tourism not only in Southwest Louisiana on state and national levels. She has showcased Southwest Louisiana’s culture, traditions, culinary creations, festivals, resorts, wildlife and the great outdoors to everyone that she has met throughout her life. Johnson has played a major role in garnering millions of dollars’ worth of publicity for the area, and she has led a team of people to host countless conventions, tournaments, and even created many of the festivals the area enjoys today such as the Light Up the Lake Christmas Festival, Arts & Crabs Festival, and Southwest Louisiana Boudin Wars. She has also been recognized by the Louisiana Travel Association and the Southeast Tourism Association for her leadership and lifetime service to the tourism industry.

The Tourism Leadership Award was presented to Mayor Nic Hunter of the City of Lake Charles. Mayor Hunter has worked hard to create economic development districts to promote new business growth, and he has a passion for lakefront development as well as programs to promote parks. He involves the business community as well with public/private partnerships. One of the most exciting attractions on the horizon is Port Wonder, which will be an iconic beacon along Interstate 10, enhancing the lake and the downtown area.