SHREVEPORT -- Just in time for the summer booking season, the
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau mailed out more
than 4,000 rate information cards on its new FIT summer packages to
The program consists of four commissionable packages that cover
the twin cities area. Lisa Johnson, vice president of tourism for
the bureau, said response to the packages, which were officially
launched in March, has been good. "This is the second round of
packages we have created. This year we are targeting families
more," Johnson said.
Each of the new packages includes two nights' lodging at select
hotels and a choice of admission to attractions such as the
Ark-La-Tex Antique and Classic Vehicle Museum; the Spring Street
Historical Museum; Hamel's Amusement Park; Sci-Port Discovery
Center and domed IMAX theater; the American Rose Center, or a river
and bayou cruise aboard the Spirit of the Red.
The Family Fun plan, priced from $99 per person, includes lunch
or dinner at Savoie's Cajun restaurant or the Crescent Landing
Getaway provides admission to Louisiana Downs, with $10 in Downs
Dollars and reserved VIP Clubhouse seating; roundtrip shuttle from
the hotel to any riverboat casino; $5 in coins at Casino Magic
Bossier City; a $15 gaming coupon with a purchase of $10 at
Harrah's Shreveport Casino, and a river and bayou cruise aboard the
Spirit of the Red or choice of admission to one of three
attractions. It is priced from $95. A deluxe version of the gaming
package, priced from $215, includes roundtrip air fare from Love
Field in Dallas.
Riches, Roses and Races on the Red is priced from $75,
land-only, and adds a choice of admission to Hamel's Amusement
Park, the Gardens of the American Rose Center, Spring Street
Historical Museum or the Ark-La-Tex car museum.
Johnson said plans are under way to offer programs for area
special events as well as a honeymoon package. "We have had several
requests for honeymoon stays. So we are developing a plan that will
offer both hotels and bed-and-breakfast lodging options."
She said one of the highlights of the honeymoon plan will be a
canoe trip on the Bayou Dorcheat, operated by North Outfitters of
Other options coincide with area special events such as weekend
plans for the August Miss Teen USA pageant or the Oct. 2 Super
Derby at Louisiana Downs. There also is a Red River Rally Festival
Balloon and Air Show scheduled for Sept. 3 to 5. "We also started a
Rockets Over the Red [fireworks] event about two years ago, and it
runs in December," she added.
Package reservations can be made through Tours By Design.
Phone: (888) 368-TOUR or (318) 865-8805
Phone: (800) 551-8682 or (318) 222-9391