The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association gave out its 2016 Louey Awards recently.

The Loueys honor individuals and organizations from across the state for their contributions to the tourism industry.

The winners are:

Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget from $250,000 to $749,999): Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau

Outstanding Convention and Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget from $750,000 and higher): New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tourism Campaign/Promotion of the Year: St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission

Festival/Event of the Year: Christmas on the River, Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau

Attraction of Year: Bayou Rum Distillery

Accommodation of the Year/Full-Service Lodging: The Southern Hotel, Covington

Accommodation of the Year/Limited-Service Lodging: Hampton Inn, Ruston

Accommodation of the Year/Bed & Breakfast: The Inn at Houmas House Plantation & Gardens

Restaurateur of the Year: Melvin Rodrigue, Galatoire’s

Campground RV/Park of the Year: Lakeview Park & Beach, Eunice

Governmental Friend of Tourism: State Sen. Ronnie Johns

Governmental Friend of Tourism: state Rep. John F. “Andy” Anders

Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement: Bill Langkopp, executive vice-president, Louisiana Hotel and Lodging Association

Seniors to Chicago

A group trip to Chicago for local seniors is planned for July 10-16.

The cost is $589 per person and includes transportation, lodging, most meals and entrance to museums and other events.

For more info or to register, call Leslie Tassin, (225) 769-5872, or go to

Tassin said an April 24-30 trip to Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina, is full.

Call Tassin to get on the waiting list.

Iberia honors Johnson

The official unveiling of the Bunk Johnson Historical Kiosk starts at noon Wednesday, March 9, next to the Sliman Theater for the Performing Arts, 129 E. Main St. in New Iberia.

The kiosk honors the legacy of jazz musician William G. “Bunk” Johnson and his impact on Iberia Parish, a news release said. Born in New Orleans, Johnson lived and is buried in New Iberia.

He is credited for teaching Louis Armstrong and other jazz legends.

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored the project and provided funds for the construction of the interpretative kiosk.

To learn more about Johnson and the annual Bunk Fest, which celebrates his musical legacy, visit

No more dinosaurs

The Audubon Zoo’s Dinosaur Adventure will go extinct after Sunday.

The New Orleans zoo is closing the animatronic dinosaur display to make way for its new Tropical Bird House scheduled to open in 2017.

For updates on new exhibits, improvements and programs coming to the zoo, 6500 Magazine St., visit and the zoo’s Facebook page.

Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to or jbergeron@theadvocate.