Cypress Bend Resort’s Director of Sales Elected to Board of Directors for Louisiana Travel Promotion Association

Many, LA, July 07, 2011 --( April Lawrence, Director of Sales of Cypress Bend Golf Resort & Conference Center located 75-miles south of Shreveport, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Louisiana Travel Promotion Association.

“I am honored to be serve LTPA and the nearly 800 members the association represents across the state,” said Lawrence. “This organization has been serving members of Louisiana’s tourism industry for fifty years, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to keep the momentum going.”

Officers on the executive committee and members of the board of directors are elected annually by majority mail ballot. Each year, the Chairman of the Board selects a nominating committee that is comprised of members who are not up for re-election and who are not seeking office. This committee is responsible for presenting a slate to the nearly 800 members of the association that recognizes all regions of the state and all segments of the tourism industry.

“Our executive committee and board of directors are responsible for helping us meet the needs of our members and making sure that we accomplish our goals of providing educational and marketing opportunities while also advocating on the industry’s behalf,” said Darienne Mobley, Co-Executive Director, LTPA. “We are excited to be starting off another year with such a great group of industry leaders that represent the entire state.”

New members of the executive board and board of directors were installed by Gwen LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer for Ascension Parish. New officers installed on the executive committee include the following: Fran Thibodeaux, with the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, CVB, as Chairman of the Board; Kyle Edmiston, with the Ruston-Lincoln CVB, as Vice Chairman of the Board; Norman Marmillion, with Laura Plantation, as Secretary of the Board; Chimene Connor, with the Audubon Nature Institute of New Orleans, as Treasurer of the Board; and Alana Cooper, with the Monroe-West Monroe CVB, as Past Chairman of the Board.

About Cypress Bend Resort
Cypress Bend Golf Resort is an intimate, full-service resort nestled in a forest of oak and pine trees on the shores of Toledo Bend Lake. Features include 18-holes of on-property, championship golf; a full service spa and fitness center; heated indoor/outdoor pool; and a restaurant and bar.

Cypress Bend’s 95 guestrooms and suites include a large desk with data ports, an ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet service. The resort also offers fourteen spacious Golf Suite condominiums overlooking the driving range with 1,250 square feet of pure luxury. Each Golf Suite contains a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace and whirlpool tub.

About Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA)
LTPA is a private, non-profit, membership trade association with nearly 800 members statewide. It strengthens the private sector of Louisiana’s tourism economy and provides marketing and educational opportunities to its members, while it serves as the advocate, resource and voice for the tourism industry.

Cypress Bend Resort
Anna Drake