BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Peggy Benoit, New Orleans Senior Market Manager of the TripShock was installed as Board Member of the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) – formerly the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) – Board of Directors at its annual meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette.

“I am honored to be serving LTA and the 750 members the association represents throughout the state,” said Benoit, who is serving her third year as a board member. “This organization has worked to lead and strengthen Louisiana’s tourism industry for 57 years, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to keep the momentum going.”

New officers installed on the executive board committee include the following: Travis Napper, with Ruston-Lincoln CVB, as chairman; Janice Delerno Verges, with the Stockade Bed & Breakfast, as vice-chairman; Ben Berthelot, with Lafayette CVC, as secretary; Kerry Andersen, with Pinnacle Entertainment, as treasurer; and Mark Romig, with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, as immediate past chair. New members on the board of directors are Timothy Bush, with Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou; Dustin Gontarski, with Compass Media; Jennifer Ritter Guidry, with Atchafalaya National Heritage Area; and Kevin Kelly, with Houmas House Plantation & Gardens.

Returning members on the board of directors are Marc Becker, with New Orleans Hotel Collection; Peggy Benoit, with Carmel Inn & Suites Thibodaux & TripShock; Dickie Brennan, with Dickie Brennan & Company; Alana Cooper, with Monroe-West Monroe CVB; John Crook, with Vernon Parish TC; Brandy Evans, with Shreveport-Bossier CTB; Marion Fox, with Jeff Davis Parish TC; Arlene Gould, Natchitoches Parish CVB; Andy LeBouef, with Mardi Gras World; Ralph Ney, with Marriot Hotel Baton Rouge; Donna O’Daniels, with St. Tammany Parish TC; Lynette Tanner, with Frogmore Plantation & Gins; and Denise Thevenot, with Louisiana Tax Free Shopping.

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

Officers on the executive committee and members of the board of directors are elected during the annual meeting. 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 members of the association that recognizes all regions of the state and all segments of the tourism industry.

About the Louisiana Travel Association
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.