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Innkeepers Attend 2013 Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association Conference

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Members of the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association (LBBA) attended a conference at the St. Landry Parish Tourist Information Center in Opelousas on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

The one-day conference included various speakers, including Kyle Edmiston from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, who was happy to report that tourism is the best it has ever been in the state. Kim Walker with 5 Stones Media spoke on “Growing Your Business with Social Media and Email Marketing”. “Search Engine Optimization” was the topic for Lisa Kolb with Acorn Internet Services, and Laine Garner with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) gave innkeepers tips on “Packaging Your B&B.”

Following a general membership meeting, the innkeepers were taken on a FAM (Familiarization Tour) of two B&B’s in Washington, Louisiana – Country House Bed and Breakfast and Camellia Cove Bed and Breakfast. The evening was concluded with dinner at the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant.

Faith Ford and her husband thrilled the innkeepers by stopping by the Tourist Information Center to show their support.

One of the most valuable aspects of the day was the networking between innkeepers throughout Louisiana. Innkeepers had the chance to meet one other, learn about each inn, and share ideas. Such connectivity helps innkeepers to provide a better B&B service.

The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association is made up of Louisiana’s finest bed and breakfast establishments. Bed and Breakfasts approved by the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association must meet a rigorous approval process including board certification and inspection.

[This post originally published here on the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association website.]

“Hollywood South” : The Louisiana Film Industry

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Thanks to the states tax incentives, the film industry is booming in Louisiana. The industry is the third most productive in the United States (after California and New York), leading LA to earn the nickname “Hollywood South.” The Celtic Media Center in Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s flagship studio, boasting an impressive 150,000 square feet of stage space and over 80,000 square feet of office space. In 2010, the studio landed the two largest productions in the history of the state: NBC Universal’s Battleship and Summit’s Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2.

Recent movies filmed in the state include Pitch Perfect, Django Unchained, The Host, Looper, On the Road, and Oblivion.

At Louisiana’s own Stockade Bed and Breakfast,  multiple Television interviews, model photo shoots and the grand finale of True Blood’s season two have been filmed.  Be sure to stay at the stockade for your chance to be cast.