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Shreveport Convention Center

9:15am

Thu April 2, 2015
Business

Oil patch trade show in Shreveport ripe for business deals, despite depressed oil prices

Turbines Inc. national accounts manager Lynn Grayson says his company will pull back on some inventory due to the slump in crude oil prices, but he's still seeing demand for his company's flow meters at this Shreveport trade show.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Thousands of oil and gas industry operators are filing through the Shreveport Convention Center for a trade show that is focused on serving the oil patch.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo has 364 exhibitors packed into a 95,000 square-foot exhibit hall. The expo relocated from Longview this year due to growing demand.

The expo is put on by Longview-based Texas Classic Productions. Creative director Amy Double says the environment is ripe for business deals, especially at a time when operators are cutting costs.

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8:56am

Tue March 24, 2015
Business

Southern tourist attractions pitch tour operators at Shreveport convention

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne spoke about tourism in Louisiana at the Travel South Showcase conference at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Almost 600 tour operators are converging on the Shreveport Convention Center for a three-day meeting that puts the tourist attractions in a dozen Southern states in the spotlight.

Delegates of the Travel South Showcase are meeting face-to-face with tourism officials and attraction promoters who give them their best pitch as to why they belong on their next tour.

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9:01am

Tue April 15, 2014
Arts

ArtBreak celebrates 30 years of promoting arts education

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison has ushered ArtBreak through 30 years of promoting arts education in schools.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A student art festival that began 30 years ago at the Municipal Auditorium as a political statement to support art education in Louisiana public schools is bigger than ever today. Organizers of ArtBreak held a press conference Monday to herald the seven-day festival that is expected to attract 50,000 families over one weekend.

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10:41am

Wed July 31, 2013
Business

Shreveport-Bossier courts meeting planners through trade show

Plans for the Rendezvous South trade show were unveiled at the Shreveport Convention Center, which saw a decline in bookings during the economic downturn.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The convention business hit the skids during the Great Recession. Now, with gradual signs of economic recovery, Shreveport-Bossier convention and tourism officials want to attract larger meetings to the area.

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau will be bringing in 35 meeting planners later this year to participate in a new trade show that is billed as a one-stop shop for booking a destination.

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