Louey Award 2018 Recipient

Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria Introduced As Louisiana Travel Association 2018 Louey Award Winner

LAFAYETTE, LA – January 25, 2018 – The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) – which voted Tuesday to change its name to the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) – introduced Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria as the winner of the Accommodation of the Year/Full-Service Lodging during its Annual Membership Meeting Tuesday in Lafayette, La.

This year, LTA presented 17 “Louey Awards” to honor and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry.

“We are excited to be a winner of the Accommodation of the Year in full service Lodging,” said Jay Sharplin, Owner of the Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria. “It is confirmation of the hard work our team has put in this past year.”

In 2017, Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, named Best Interior Design of a Business and maintained an 8.3 overall score on AAA, based on exceptional reviews from guests.

With 13,000 sq. feet of meeting space and attached to the Alexandria Riverfront Center, the Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria has hosted multiple citywide conferences. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at our full-service restaurant and lounge, THE LEVEE. The revitalized downtown entertainment district of Alexandria is within a few steps of the front door.

For bookings and reservations please call 318.541.8333 or email csharplin@sharpcohotels.com. Also visit our website at www.alexandriaholidayinn.com or connect with us via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/holidayinnalexandriadowntown/.

The LTA Louey Award winners also include: Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget up to $499,999); Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget from $500,000 to $999,999); Houma Area CVB, Outstanding Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourist Commission of the Year (budget of $1 million and higher); Tammany Taste campaign from Louisiana’s Northshore, Tourism Campaign/Promotion of the Year; Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, Festival/Event of the Year; Royal Carriages, Attraction of the Year; TownePlace Suites Alexandria, Accommodation of the Year/Limited-Service Lodging; Loyd Hall Plantation, Accommodation of the Year/Bed & Breakfast; Amy & Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9 and Smoke BBQ in Covington, Restaurateur of the Year; Reunion Lake RV Resort, Campground RV/Park of the Year; Senator JP Morell, Governmental Friend of Tourism; Representative Julie Stokes, Governmental Friend of Tourism; Newt Collinson, Victor Profis Travel Media; Rebecca Blankenbaker with the Cane River National Heritage Area, Rising Star; Shelley Johnson with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB, Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement.

About the Louisiana Travel Association, LTA

LTA, formerly the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. The membership voted in early 2018 to shorten the association’s name and staff is working with an agency to reveal a full rebrand later this year. Tourism generated $1.04 billion for Louisiana in 2016 and employs more than 230,000 people throughout the state. For more information, visit LTPA.org.