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The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau organizes events to facilitate networking among our industry partners, to recognize the outstanding acheivements of those who serve our visitors, to promote our hotels, restaurants, attractions and events, and just to have a great time. Scheduled events for 2013 are listed here.


SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER ATTRACTIONS ASSOCIATION SEMINARS

The Shreveport-Bossier Attractions Association in conjunction with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau provides four educational opportunities a year to help local attractions grow their customer base, enhance their marketing and improve their financial outlook. Click here to see what opportunities are currently being offered. 



HOSPITALITY BREAKFAST

The monthly Hospitality Breakfast is a great place to network with other industry partners, share ideas, learn about bureau programs, and let people know what's going on at your place of business. Breakfasts are usually the first Wednesday of the month. We do not have a breakfast in May due to P.R.I.D.E. Awards or in December due to our annual Christmas Open House. To RSVP for the breakfast contact Lila Davis, ldavis@sbctb.org or 318-222-9391.

2014 Hospitality Breakfast Dates

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
8 a.m.
Superior's Steakhouse
855 Pierremont Rd., Shreveport
  Wednesday, July 2, 2014
8 a.m.
Ernest's Orleans Restaurant
1601 Spring St. South, Shreveport
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
8 a.m.
Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
820 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
  Wednesday, August 6, 2014
8 a.m.
Hilton Hotel Shreveport
104 Market St., Shreveport
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8 a.m.
Margaritaville Resort Casino
777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City
  Wednesday, September 3, 2014
8 a.m.
DiamondJacks Casino and Resort
711 DiamondJacks Blvd., Bossier City
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
8 a.m.
Silver Star Smokehouse
1201 Dixie Overland Rd., Bossier City
  Wednesday, October 1, 2014
8 a.m.
State Fair of Louisiana
3701 Hudson St., Shreveport
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
8 a.m.
Harrah's Louisiana Downs
8000 E. Texas St., Bossier City
  Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8 a.m.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport-Bossier
2015 Old Minden Rd., Bossier City

 


DRIVER FOR HIRE HOSPITALITY WOW TRAINING

All for-hire drivers in Shreveport are required to complete a hospitality training course conducted by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau beginning July of 2013. The training must be completed annually before they can receive their for-hire driving permit.

Training sessions will be conducted at the bureau offices at 629 Spring St. in downtown Shreveport. On the second Thursday of each month the session runs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. On the fourth Thursday of each month the session runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Second Thursday sessions will not be held in November and December.

There is no charge for the training, but each class is limited to the first 20 registrants. The deadline for registration is 24 hours before each training session starts. Drivers MUST register online at drivertraining.eventbrite.com and only those who are pre-registered will be allowed to attend the session.

Registrants must arrive at least ten minutes before the start of training. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Any driver who is not in the training room by the official start time of the session will have to reschedule for a future date. Parking is the responsibility of the driver.

The driver should be attentive and bring a pen and paper for note taking as there will be a test at the end of the training that must be passed to receive the training certificate.

If you find that you will not be able to attend a session for which you registered, please contact Christy Whitaker, 318-429-0657 or cwhitaker@sbctb.org so that we may release your registration for another driver to use.

If you have questions, please contact Christy Whitaker at 318-429-0657 or email cwhitaker@sbctb.org.

 


P.R.I.D.E. AWARDS

Who are your star employees?

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau is proud to present the annual P.R.I.D.E. Awards Banquet to recognize excellence in the hospitality industry. This event is held in May each year in conjunction with National Tourism Week.

The 2014 P.R.I.D.E. Awards Gala will be held Thursday, May 15 at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Riverdome, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

This annual event is your opportunity to recognize excellence in your employees. Nominations may be submitted at surveymonkey.com/s/2014pride. Nominations will close at 8 a.m. on April 23, 2014.

You may purchase your tickets to the event at  2014pride.eventbrite.com.  You must register online and either pay online or bring your check to the SBCTB office at 629 Spring St. no later than 4 p.m. on May 9, 2014. NO SALES AT THE DOOR. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AND PAID BY MAY 9, 2014.

 


CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau holds its annual Christmas Open House on the first Friday in December. The 2014 Christmas Open House is Friday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Make plans to come by for this festive event. Have some delicious food and mingle with our hospitality industry partners. RSVP to Lila Davis, ldavis@sbctb.org, 318-222-9391.

 


THEMED MEDIA TOURS

The bureau frequently hosts groups of travel writers on a tours of Shreveport-Bossier. Activities focus on local food and include visits to local restaurants, attractions and events. If you are interested in hosting these writers at your business contact Chris Jay, cjay@sbctb.org, 318-429-0658.

 


2014 REUNION PLANNING WORKSHOP

A lot of time and detail goes into planning a successful reunion. To help, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau and its travel and tourism partners offered a free family, class and military reunion workshop as a 101-style seminar. The workshop was held Feb. 8, 2014, and included a "How to Plan a Reunion" presentation by Kevin Flowers, the bureau’s reunion service specialist and a "meet and greet" with hospitality industry partners who focus on reunions.  The bureau’s new Family Reunion Planning Folder was also distributed.


Partners of this project included:
Shreveport-Bossier Hotel and Lodging Association
Shreveport-Bossier Restaurant Association
Shreveport-Bossier Attractions Association
Minority Suppliers Institute
Bossier Parks and Recreation
Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation
The Lakehouse & Event Center at Villaggio

 



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