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Southeast Louisiana Gumbo was present and well represented at this year’s Spotlight on the Southeast tradeshow which was held in Birmingham, AL. The Spotlight Travel Network is an informal group of travel professionals throughout North America and Spotlight on the Southeast is one of the four conferences conducted annually. Educational seminars and networking functions are all a part of the fun. This year, SE LA Gumbo was able to participate in a big way by sponsoring breakfast for the group of Tour Operators. One lucky Tour Operator went home with a lovely SE LA Gumbo gift basket. Louisiana music, a slide show presentation and the Gumbo profile sheet and “Swamp Dust” on the table added to the allure. Other Louisiana destinations were also represented, a great time was had by all with Southeast Louisiana Gumbo was in the “Spotlight”!
The SELA Gumbo Express is a special marketing initiative aimed at promoting Louisiana tourism throughout the United States. Representatives from each parish of the Gumbo Group boards an AMTRAK train annually and travels to designated cities where receptions are hosted and guests are treated to Louisiana food and music. Special guest, Bruce 'The Alligator Man' Mitchell of the famous History Channel "Swamp People" was invited to join the SELA Gumbo Express.