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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 23, 2008
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, a UL Lafayette Center of Excellence, will hold its seventh annual tourism conference on Oct. 10 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

“ Have Books, Will Travel: Literary Tourism in the Gulf South” is a one-day symposium bringing together speakers from throughout the country and across the state to discuss the development of literary tourism in Louisiana at the Gulf South.

Panels and workshops will focus on developing literary tourism trails, implementing new projects and packages, a well as discussion of best practices and securing funding. Speakers from Massachusetts’ Orchard House (Louisa May Alcott’s home), North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Great Britain’s Novel Explorations travel company join panelists from regional and state representatives, university scholars, and local media for a full day of information-sharing, brainstorming and networking.

The pre-conference, a literary dinner featuring dishes and performances from Gulf South literature in a Reader’s Theater setting will be Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Comfort Inn at the corner of Evngeline Thruway and Pinhook Road.

All events are open to the public. Tickets for the Literary Dinner are $35 and conference registration is $50 ($15 for students). Registration includes lunch.

More information and registration forms are available at http://ccet.louisiana.edu.

For more information, call CCET at (337) 482-1320.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It's a public institution that awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes - Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns - compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition. The campus is located in the heart of Acadiana - a rich cultural area known for its excellent food, music, festivals and quality of life.

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