President & CEO Visit Lake Charles
Kyle Edmiston is the President/CEO of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB. Previously, he spent 16 months as the Chief Operating Officer of the CVB, served for 6 years as the Director of the Louisiana Office of Tourism under two different administrations and served for 6 ½ years as the President/CEO of the Ruston Lincoln CVB.
Visit Lake Charles was honored by the LA Travel Association as the CVB of the Year for 2019. In 2017, Kyle was honored as the National State Tourism Director of the Year by his colleagues and was named one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in the United States for Marketing by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). He was awarded the Southeast Tourism Society Rising Star Award in 2009 and earned his Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) from Destinations International in 2008.
Currently, he serves as Treasurer of the Board for Brand USA, treasurer of the board for the Louisiana Travel Association and he is on the Board of Directors of U.S. Travel Association. He previously served as Chair of the Travel South USA Board of Directors and the Louisiana Association of CVBs.