Shreveport-Bossier COVID-19 update: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has instituted a gradual reopening of many businesses with occupancy restrictions, enhanced sanitation, social distancing, personal protection equipment and other appropriate protection measures necessary to protect the health and safety of the people in Louisiana. Before you visit a business, please call to confirm that they are open, and to find out what restrictions are being enforced. There is a statewide mandate for face masks and social distancing.
NOTICE: With an impending hurricane bearing down on our state, we are rescheduling the North Louisiana Travel Outlook Conference from Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, to Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.
The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau will host the North Louisiana Travel Outlook Conference (NLTOC) on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The cost to participate in the virtual conference is $20. Because of demand, an in-person event has been added and will be held at the Hilton Shreveport in downtown Shreveport. It costs $30 and includes lunch. A limited number of in-person tickets will be sold to adhere to strict social distance guidelines. Participants will watch the virtual experience on a screen. Both tickets can be purchased online by visiting our registration page.
This conference gives local tourism professionals in the hotel, gaming, restaurant, attraction, retail, and meeting venue business an opportunity to hear expert national, regional and local tourism professionals. Tourism is vital to Shreveport-Bossier’s economy. In 2019, visitor spending in Shreveport-Bossier was an estimated $827 million, according to the UNO Hospitality Research compiled for the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
As a result of COVID-19, Shreveport-Bossier has had approximately 46 meetings/events/sporting events to cancel for this year alone, which represents a loss of more than $19 million for 2020.
The conference will feature five speakers and six panel discussions on topics that range from how to safely host an outdoor festival or event to how the oil and gas industry will affect future tourism. Transportation, restaurants, attractions, Black-owned businesses, meetings and conventions, and sports tourism.
The 2020 North Louisiana Travel Outlook Conference is made possible because of the Tourist Bureau’s partners, supporters and sponsors including Sam’s Town Casino and Hotel, AEP SWEPCO, Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Good Guys Promotional Products, APS Payroll, Red River Bank, Shreveport-Bossier Hotel & Lodging Association, and Hilton Shreveport.
For more information about the North Louisiana Travel Outlook Conference, follow the Louisiana Travel Outlook Conference Facebook event, which is hosted by Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side. To view a full schedule of events for NLTOC, click here.