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Iberia Parish Named Most French Friendly In Louisiana

Nov 08, 2016 02:19PM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall

Above photograph features from left to right: Celine Alis (Assistant Director, Communications of Iberia Parish CVB), Cathy Indest (President, Iberia Cultural Association), Gregor Trumel (Consul General of France in New Orleans), Fran Thibodeaux (Executive Director, Iberia Parish CVB), Nelwyn Hebert (Iberia Parish Tourist Commissioner and New Acadia Project Activist). 

CODOFIL and Centre International have named Iberia Parish the most French Friendly Parish in Louisiana. The first annual French-Friendly Louisiana Award was presented to members of the Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) during a ceremony last October 19 at Ruffino's on the River in Lafayette. State and Iberia Parish officials attended the event, which was organized by La Fondation Louisiane. The CVB was commended for its achievements in creating a Louisiana French ecosystem of significant benefit both economically and culturally not only to Iberia Parish but throughout the state.

"Thank you CODOFIL and Centre International for this first French-friendly Louisiane Award," said Fran Thibodeaux, IPCVB Executive Director. "I want to recognize our very own French speaker, Céline Alis, IPCVB Assistant Director of Communications, for her enormous contributions in the bureau's efforts to promote the Louisiana French brand, which attracts many French speakers to Iberia Parish from around the world."

In 2010, the Louisiana State Legislature enacted Act 651 to develop a certification system whereby vendors, festivals, and restaurants may be designated as "French-friendly." These individuals and organizations work toward the creation of an ecosystem that allows for the development of French in the economic, educational, cultural, and professional sectors in which Louisiana's French and Creole speakers are valued in their linguistic and cultural identity.

About CODOFIL

As the state agency for francophone affairs, CODOFIL works in collaboration with individual parishes to canvass francophone public and private services in order to create a listing that may be used to better leverage the local Louisiana French brand for the local economy.

Au François

La paroisse d'Ibérie a été désignée la paroisse la plus favorable au français dans l'état de Louisiane. Le Prix « French-friendly Louisiane » sera presenté au bureau de tourisme de la paroisse dIbérie le dimanche 9 Octobre 2016, à un évènement organisé par La Fondation Louisiane au restaurant Ruffino's on the River, 921 Camellia Boulevard à Lafayette, en présence de représentants officiels de l'Etat de Louisiane et de la paroisse d'lbérie.

From left to right: Fran Thibodeaux, Doobie Judice (Assistant Director of Operations, Iberia Parish CVB), Celine Alis, Brittany Racca (Communications Coordinator, Iberia Parish CVB).

« Merci au CODOFIL et au Centre International pour ce premier prix French-friendly Louisiane, » a déclaré Fran Thibodeaux, la directrice du bureau de tourisme. « Je voudrais remercier Céline Alis, notre assistante directrice de communication, qui a considérablement contribué à nos efforts de promotion du fait français en Louisiane, qui attire des francophones du monde entier. 

En 2010, la Législature de l'Etat de Louisiane a promulgué l'Acte 651 afin de développer un système de certification selon lequel les vendeurs, les festivals, et les restaurants pourraient être designés « French-friendly ». Ces personnes ou organisations contribuent à la création d'une entité francophone qui permet le développement de la langue française dans les secteurs économiques, éducatifs, culturels, et professionnels dans lesquels les Francophones et les Créolophones louisianais sont valorisés dans leur identité linguistique et culturelle.

A propos du CODOFIL
Comme agence des affaires francophones, le CODOFIL cherche a collaborer avec toutes les paroisses pour trouver les services francophones (publics et privés) afin de créer un annuaire. Celui-ci permettra d'encourager l'économie locale et les entreprises qui ont à cœur le fait français.

To learn more about Iberia Parish, contact the Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau (888) 942-3742 or visit www.IberiaTravel.com 

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