What are the differences between:

1. Convention and Visitors Bureaus

2. Tourist Commissions

3. Welcome Centers

4. Louisiana Travel Promotions Association

Answer by Jacques Berry, communication director for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, whose office oversees tourism in Louisiana.

“Convention and Visitors Bureaus: These are local tourism bureaus, usually governed by a board but sometimes part of municipal governments or chambers of commerce. They are usually funded by lodging taxes. They go by various abbreviations and brands (Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, Shreveport Convention and Tourist Bureau, Visit Baton Rouge, etc.) but are collectively known as CVBs.

“Welcome Centers can be parts of CVBs, but the most visible are the 13 Welcome Centers run by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, found mostly on Interstates or major highways leading into the state. A map can be found here: http://www.crt.state.la.us/tourism/welcome-centers/index.

“The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association is the professional association of CVBs and other hospitality partners, such as hotels, casinos, restaurants and tour operators. It advocates on behalf of the tourism industry and also offers its member professional services and advertising opportunities, often at discounted rates.”

Wrong way on Tiger Bend?

It seems to me that the wrong lane of traffic has the right of way at the intersection of Tiger Bend and Jefferson. If you are traveling west on Tiger Bend and turn left onto Jefferson Highway, you travel 20-30 yards and then have to yield to cars traveling east. In order to fully see if the lanes are clear to merge you need to turn completely around and look backwards. It might as well be a stop sign. It seems that the other lane of traffic has a clearer view to do a safer merge. How do you determine which lane yields to which?

Answer by Ingolf Partenheimer, chief traffic engineer for the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Public Works.

“This is a state route; however, as part of the Stumberg Greenlight Program, this intersection is being changed and stopped short of its current location and turned to meet Jefferson Highway at a 90 degree angle. This should lead to much better operation of the roadway.”

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