Two newcomers from the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) are trying to bring more visitors to Natchitoches. Ashley Paz and Katelyn Murphy are CVB’s new sales and marketing team, tasked with promoting and selling the Natchitoches offerings to new and returning visitors to the city and parish.
“We have media, social media, television, radio, print, and lots of magazines,” says Paz. “Next, I’m going to Charlotte, North Carolina, to promote my culinary path.” We take over the Charlotte restaurant and showcase some of its best dishes. Louisiana X Charlotte Restaurant Nights, presented by Louisiana Culinary Trails, is part of a campaign that began more than a decade ago to whet the appetites of foodies in major cities with a little Louisiana ragugnappe in hopes of making a trip to the Bayou. is. Paz hopes to connect with influencers and the media, talk about the allure of Natchitoches food such as meat pies, and promote the area as a “foodie town.”
Murphy conducts group tours, sets up hotels and restaurants for subsequent groups and travel writers, and “sells natchitoches” to advertise attractions and get them to bring money here.
Paz is a Shreveport native, but most recently a Fort Worth resident, working remotely with a degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism from NSU. “When I was at NSU, I fell in love with Natchitoches. In Fort Worth, I worked remotely, so I was mostly alone. I like it,” she said.
Murphy is from Natchtosh and is an NSU HMT graduate. Her minor is engaged in culinary arts. She doesn’t have time to be jealous for long and she has plans of her own, including her trip in November as well. She will be in Louisville, Kentucky to meet with her international tour operators at her November 27-30 Travel South International Showcase. T.
His women started running on their first day of work, October 20th. As soon as they arrived at his CVB office, Executive Her Director Arlene Gould took us to her first activity, the Natchtosh Historic District Development Commission monthly meeting. There, they connected with many of the town’s organizational heads and soon began making contacts and building relationships. Much of their work includes handling the budget, properly managing the funds entrusted to the CVB, networking with city and parish leaders, representing the city and parish at events, and what is happening in the area. To let other people know many wonderful things.
“I love natchtosh,” they said. Their enthusiasm is palpable. “Stop by to say hello. We’d love to meet you!” said Paz.