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It was all business, that is, until it was time to relax

Play hard?  No problems there.  Especially in a city that was getting its groove on at its annual Red River Revel festival, one of Louisiana’s biggest and baddest music and arts events.  The entire delegation was taken to the festival, treated to all they could enjoy in the way of regional foods and beverages and was given ringside seats to some great Louisiana blues music.  The evening was one no one will forget.

‘Wow!  The Red River Revel was everything we’d heard it would be for our delegates,’ said conference CEO Joe Cappuzzello.  ‘Stacey Brown, Dianna Douglas, Kim Brice and their entire staff went over the top in bringing our meeting planners and destinations to this great event.  And when you add their superb opening evening dinner, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau really did themselves proud.’

In addition to Shreveport’s signature evening events and hospitality, delegates enjoyed hosted breakfasts and lunches, marketplace refreshments, welcome receptions and more. 

‘I don’t think the entertainment could have been any better,’ said conference partner Herb Sparrow.  ‘It was very important that our inaugural conference set the bar high in that regard and Shreveport and their partners did their part.  I think the word of mouth coming from this conference will be very positive and will enable us to move into our second year on a very strong note.’


Social marketing speaker Lesley Kyle, right, previewed a sponsor’s material before delegates arrived for a meal

The Gemini Cruise Mardi Gras Museum was a hit during Shreveport’s sightseeing tour

Delegates in custom T-shirts took time to shop for fine handcrafts at the Red River Revel

Delegates took a moment to pose with conference partner Herb Sparrow at Red River Revel

Shreveport’s Red River Revel was a smash hit with delegates

Conference partners Charlie Presley and Joe Cappuzzello shared a moment with Dianna Douglas, far right, and others at the Red River Revel

Mac Lacy

Mac Lacy is president and publisher of The Group Travel Leader Inc. Mac has been traveling and writing professionally ever since a two-month backpacking trip through Europe upon his graduation with a journalism degree from the University of Evansville in 1978.