SATW conference attendees welcomed to RFC by Lt. Gov. Nungesser

ON DISPLAY: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau executive director Stacy Brown (left) and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser welcomed travel writers from across the nation to the Robinson Film Center on Thursday. (Photo by HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD)


Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was on hand to welcome attendees of the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) conference during a luncheon held at the Robinson Film Center on Thursday.

“I’ve got the best job in the world, promoting our state,” Nungesser told writers who gathered in the downstairs theater for Thursday’s lunch. “We treat visitors like family.”

During his stop to downtown Shreveport, Nungesser emphasized the numerous attractions – including over 400 fairs and festivals —  available to tourists while inviting them to stay in town an extra day to attend Sunday’s Highland Parade.

The conference began with an opening night event at the Shreveport Aquarium on Wednesday and ends with a Mardi Gras bash at the Krewe of Gemini Parade on Saturday. Other events include an East Bank experience and two city tours exploring all things “Weird and Wonderful” and the “Sportsman’s Paradise.”

Stacy Brown, executive director of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau (SBCTB), introduced Nungesser and said, “Out of all the Lieutenant Governors I have worked with, he travels the state more than any other.”

Conference attendees were also given a history and overview of the Robinson Film Center by executive director Wendell Riley followed by a presentation from Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of Louisiana Prize Fest.

“We are thrilled to be able to have our conference in Shreveport-Bossier this year,” said Chez Chesak, SATW Central States Chair.