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Chelsey and Lauryn Sharplin graduate from the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Chelsey and Lauryn Sharplin graduate from the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Charenton, La. (Jan.31, 2020) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) celebrated the graduation of Chelsey and Lauryn Sharplin, of Sharpco Hotels Group, the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (LTLA) at the association’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Charenton.

The 22 members of the LTLA class spent all of 2019 developing their leadership skills while learning from seasoned professionals from throughout the tourism industry. The goal of the program is to equip each class member with knowledge and skills that will enrich their tourism-related organizations, therefore strengthening the state-wide tourism industry.

“I’m excited to graduate as part of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy class of 2019,” said Chelsey Sharplin. “I was exposed to a lot of new ideas and learned so much from established leaders in the tourism industry. I believe I will benefit from this program for years to come.” Lauryn Sharplin reiterated that statement, “LTLA was an incredibly fun learning opportunity. Not only did we gain knowledge about tourism, we did it while traveling across our great state seeing everything Louisiana has to offer. And we got to do with an amazing group of professionals.”

The graduating class of LTLA also includes: Katherine Simon Andry, Zehnder Communications; Jerrica Bennett, Monroe-West Monroe CVB; Buddy Boe, River Parishes Tourist Commission; Alia Casborne, City of Mandeville; Kimberly Chauvin, Down the Bayou Shrimp Tours; Melissa Chiasson-Durocher, Houma Area CVB; Matthew Cope, Louisiana Office of Tourism; Joni Pitre Duet, Houma Area CVB; Kylie Gravois, Ascension Parish Tourism; Serena Gray, Webster Parish CVB; Jessica Henry, Lafayette CVC; Philip Lawrence, Jackson Parish Tourism; Jill Leo, Natchitoches Historic Business Association; Jennifer Mamon, Ruston Lincoln CVB; Colten Miller, Visit Lake Charles; Jason Miller, Louisiana Office of Tourism; William Precht, Visit Lake Charles; Ethan Rodrigue, Laura Plantation; Ann Savage, Alexandria-Pineville Area CVB;; and Carla Tate, Tangipahoa Parish CVB.

Members of the class also gave back to the tourism community by selecting businesses within the industry for pro-bono projects. Collectively, the value of the class’ tourism product enhancement and marketing work exceeded $100,000.

“LTLA has been a tremendous opportunity for those interested in learning more about Louisiana’s tourism industry, and we are proud of the 2019 graduating class,” said Jill Kidder, LTA President and CEO. “Not only has this program individually benefited these emerging leaders, but the LTLA class projects are paying off significant dividends for the entire industry.”

About the Louisiana Travel Association

LTA is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. Tourism generated $1.9 billion for Louisiana in 2018 and employs more than 237,200 people throughout the state. For more information, visit

Two Sharpco Hotels are Recipients of the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Sharpco Hotels Group announced today that two outstanding hotels in their portfolio received the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recognition, repeating a feat from the previous year. This year’s winners include, Best Western Natchitoches and Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria.

Since 2011, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world. This designation is presented to approximately 10 percent of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year.

“The consistency of these two hotels…” shares Jay Sharplin, president of Sharpco Hotels Group. “The managers follow and teach the Sharpco way to their staffs.” “Year after year they deliver an excellent guest experience.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Sharpco Hotels Group

Sharpco Hotels Group, a hotel development and management company headquartered in Natchitoches, Louisiana with a mission is to provide the best lodging experience always focusing on three principles: Value, Exceptional Service and Cleanliness. Connecting and creating memories for business or for pleasure is our ultimate commitment to each and every guest. Our company is a multi-brand management company with an ability to work within a variety of ownership structures, maximizing the value of the owner’s asset through its expertise in balancing the priorities of its guests, owners and associates. We have extensive experience in re-positioning hotels and the development of products to adhere to franchise standards while keeping costs within budgets.

Sharpco Hotels Group Celebrates International Housekeeping Week

Sharpco Hotels Group concluded their celebration of International Housekeeping Week with an employee appreciation luncheon held at Best Western Natchitoches. Hosted every year, during the second full week of September, International Housekeeping week honors the contributions these professionals make throughout various industries.

“Housekeeping is the foundation of our company, the unsung heros. International Housekeeping Week gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on their hard work and say thank you.” said Jay Sharplin, Owner of Sharpco Hotels Group.

The company celebrated their employees each day with special gifts and prizes to show their appreciation. Sharpco Hotels Group employees over 50 housekeeping professionals throughout their 5 properties; Best Western, Comfort Suites, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria.