Thursday, February 22, 2024

Convention and Tourist Bureau partners with BPCC for Community College Cyber Summit

by BIZ. Staff

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) have partnered to book the annual Community College Cyber Summitat BPCC, July 30-Aug. 1.

The summit is the only national academic conference focused on cybersecurity education at community colleges.

The conference will have an estimated economic impact of more than $554,000 and will draw an estimated 680 attendees. 

“If you can only go to one cybersecurity conference in academics, the Community College Cyber Summit is the one to go to,” said Chris Rhondo, program director and professor of network security at Bossier Parish Community College. 

Rhondo contacted the tourist bureau to assist with booking the conference at BPCC. He is also a regular attendee of the Community College Cyber Summit.

“The tourist bureau has been a fantastic help to us during this process. The meeting planners chose Shreveport-Bossier because of the affordability of the area’s hotels and venues, as well as the college’s local industry partnerships like Barksdale Air Force Base, Cyber Innovation Center and General Dynamics Information Technology,” he said. 

Dianna Douglas, regional convention sales manager at the tourist bureau, partnered with Bossier Parish Community College to book the conference.

“We are honored to welcome the Community College Cyber Summitto our community and we are proud to support Bossier Parish Community College with this event,” said Douglas. 

The sales department at the tourist bureau identifies and generates leads for events and conferences that attract overnight visitors. In addition, the tourist bureau partners with hospitality sales teams and organizations to assist with booking meetings at their venues. The tourist bureau’s assistance to local meeting sites includes site visits to Shreveport-Bossier, securing hotel room blocks for conference attendees and providing brochures to meeting delegates during the conference.

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