Travel Writer Policy

As you prepare to journey to South Louisiana's Cajun Country, get ready to discover an area so unique you'll think you are in another country. Lafayette is a city where the old meets the new at every turn, where French is still spoken, where strangers are treated as family and friends. Tradition and culture run through Acadiana like our many bayous and swamps.

The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission can provide you with as much or as little assistance as desired. For more information, contact Kelly Strenge, Public Relations and Special Projects Manager, at P.O. Box 52066, Lafayette, LA 70505; (337) 232-3737, (800) 346-1958 U.S.; (800) 543-5340 Canada; Fax: (337) 232-0161, e-mail: kstrenge@lafayettetravel.com.

The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission will provide the following services to bonafide travel writers:

Itinerary
An itinerary, if desired, will be developed to accommodate the writer's specific needs. The itinerary can include accommodations, meals, attractions and interviews.

Ground Transportation
During the writer's stay in Lafayette, ground transportation may be provided by a Commission staff member. Should a rental car be necessary, every attempt will be made to keep the cost to the writer to a minimum.

Guide Services
The Commission can provide a knowledgeable guide to assist the writer in maneuvering around the area.

Photographic Images
The Commission maintains color slides and digital images for loan should the writer need pictures to accompany a story.

Travel Writer Policy
The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission outlines the following policy with regard to the serving of travel writers: 

Before any assistance is given, a writer - freelance or assigned - must provide the Commission with the following:

  • Name(s) of journalist and/or photographer.
  • Mailing address.
  • Telephone number, fax number, e-mail, etc.
  • Brief biographical sketch.
  • Tear sheets not more than two-years-old.
  • Two editorial references (name, publications, phone numbers).

The writer must also provide the following article-specific information:

  • Name of targeted publication(s).
  • Arrival date, length of visit, departure date.
  • Types of activities of special interest/focus of story/special requests.