revised 11-22-2019



june 2020



Global Energy Show (formerly Global Petroleum Show)

Postponed until June 8-10, 2021 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

      Keeping pace with energy industry’s transition from a focus on fossil fuels to a diversified energy mix, the Global Petroleum Show changed its name to the Global Energy Show.  The Global Energy Show builds upon significant technological and sustainable achievements driven by oil and gas and moves to encompass alternative sources.  The Show is a platform where North American stakeholders, policy makers, key players and industry professionals convene under one roof.

      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474



North American Mayors Summit

TBA | Austin, Texas

       This Summit aims to find solutions, best practices and regional cooperation schemes in the areas of: border cooperation, mobility, tourism, urban sustainability, digital government, citizen security and trade. It will be hosted by the Mayor of Austin, Mr. Steve Adler, and will be attended by mayors and other dignitaries from the municipal and national level from Canada, Mexico and the United States. This event is by invitation only.

     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;






august 2020



Welcome Reception for UL International Students


Annual welcome and orientation to Lafayette for arriving international students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, co-hosted by City-Parish Mayor-President Josh Guillory and UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie. Reception following. A joint project of the LCG Mayor-President’s Office, the Lafayette International Center, the UL Lafayette President’s Office; and the UL Division of Global Engagement.

      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;






september 2020



Reseau des Villes Francophones & Francophiles d’Amérique (RVFFA)

Postponed until 2021 | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      The Network of Francophone and Francophile Cities in America co-sponsored by founding member cities of Lafayette, Moncton and Québec gathers to discuss the development of tourist trails in North America and other issues.

The Network is generating excitement across the continent. It has more than 140 member cities, with this number growing, and brings together on a single platform the tourist, geographical and historical attractions of major cities in French-speaking North America. Eventually, the alliance of these cities will create tours for travelers from around the world.

     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;






october 2020



WEFTEC 2020    The 93 rd annual technical exhibition & conference

Oct. 3-7 | Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

WEF will hold WEFTEC this year, whether in hybrid form with both in-person activities and online components or as a full virtual event. A decision to cancel the in-person portion would be made no later than 10 to 12 weeks before the event (July).

WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today..

Contact Ryan Russell for details, or visit .



GRA 2020 (Grand Reveil Acadien – Great Acadian Awakening) Organized by Louisiane-Acadie and its partners

Postponed until October 2-10, 2021 | Multiple locations in southwest Louisiana

Join us to explore and celebrate the Acadian culture of Louisiana

Workshops and lectures on language, culture, tourism and cultural economy - Official ceremonies - Discovery of tourist trails - Acadian families and genealogy - Festivals, including Acadian festival in Lafayette, its French Mass and Tintamarre procession - Music, concerts and shows. Lake Charles - Houma - Lafayette - Jennings - Acadia - Vermilion - New Iberia - and many more.

More info at Contact .



Franco-Fête 2020 Fundraising luncheon for scholarship program of CODOFIL

Sunday, Oct. 18 | 11:30 AM | City Club at River Ranch

      Each year, Franco-Fête raises funds to support French education in Louisiana, especially through La Fondation Louisiane’s “Escadrille Louisiane” scholarship program which allows dozens of Louisiana students to study in France (Brittany, Martinique, and Guadeloupe), before pursuing careers as teachers in immersion schools across the State.

      The program will also feature the presentation of the “Marquis de La Fayette 2020” award.  In attendance will be numerous CODOFIL partners, Louisiana senators and representatives, local elected officials, entrepreneurs, university professors and other Louisiana officials.

     Contact Dave Domingue for details, 337-291-5492;



Acadiana Cup Golf Exchange 2020 The 22nd annual tournament.

Postponed until 2021 | Lafayette, Louisiana

The Acadiana Cup golf tournament was created in 1998, in Lafayette, Louisiana, in a spirit of friendly competition between Lafayette and her sister city of Poitiers, France. In the five years that followed, players were added from Namur (Belgium), Moncton (New Brunswick, Canada), Nîmes (France) and Prince Edward Island (Canada). Hosting the tournament rotates among the member cities, with the location alternating between North America and Europe.

The Lafayette team will host the 2021 tournament, which will be held in Lafayette for the first time in eleven years.

      Contact Bob Hardy for details,






november 2020



A DIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference)

Nov . 9-12 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Their web site says, “Events scheduled from 1 September 2020 onwards remain on the calendar as originally planned, although we understand that conditions change rapidly, so we are prepared to further revise plans as global events unfold.”

The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is one of the world’s most influential events for the oil and gas industry. As a premium exhibition platform ADIPEC enables professionals from around the world to do business and grow.

Each year, ADIPEC provides one of the most important channels to do business and exchange information, attracting Energy Ministers, global CEO’s and leading decision makers across the 4 days of business discussions and knowledge exchange.

ADIPEC covers a cross section of the industry and is committed to help the growing international energy community bridge gaps by bringing oil and gas professionals face to face. From C-level, senior decision makers, government leaders, engineers and procurement experts with sole or joint purchasing authority, the whole supply chain meet to showcase and discuss new technologies and business opportunities.

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december 2020



General Assembly of the Association of Francophone Prefects and State-level Representatives (APREF)

Postponed to 2021 | Tunis, Tunisia

     APREF is an association within the IOF. Its mission is to provide a forum for Prefects and other State-level Representatives to benefit from sharing concerns and administrative practices. 

     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;



40th General Assembly of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF)

TBA | Tunis, Tunisia

The AIMF (International Association of French-speaking Mayors) is an operating agency for urban development comprised of members from 48 countries or governments. The goal is to establish close cooperation in all areas of municipal activities. Its missions are to strengthen local democracy, building municipal capacities, and support local populations. The Association focuses on the domains of health, culture, youth and education, urban development, training, and municipal infrastructures.

This network of elected officials meets to discuss topics of interest related to economic and cultural development.  

     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;









Shallow and Deepwater Expo— trade show to Mexico

Feb. 16-18 | Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.

Shallow & Deepwater Mexico will address exploratory perspectives, operations and services in the Gulf of Mexico. Industry professionals will meet with the Louisiana delegation and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas to improve the profitability of shallow and deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

      Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;







International Achievement Award

The International Achievement Award was created in 1998, and is presented by the Lafayette International Center and its advisory board, the Lafayette International Center Foundation. It is designed to honor an individual, organization or company that has significantly enhanced Acadiana’s international reputation. Each nominee must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, with preference given to residents of Acadiana or residents of Louisiana. As the Lafayette  International Center is a trade development organization, primary consideration is accorded to individuals whose activities have helped draw economic benefits to the Lafayette area.
Seminar Series
The Lafayette International Center conducts an on-going series of seminars throughout the year, geared to the needs of internationally active companies and entrepreneurs. Past seminars have included: “International Sales and Distribution Agreements" with Mr. Patrick Fazzone, "The Laws of International Trade" with Mr. Alan Beard, "How to do Business with PEMEX", "The Secrets of Successful Trade Financing” and the "Import/Export Seminar."
International Trade Club Series
The International Trade Club has no membership fees or dues, is open to anyone interested in topics related to the global marketplace, and meets at different times and locations for a breakfast, lunch or late afternoon presentation. Recent presentations have included: "Business Opportunities: Macaé & Campos Basin" and "Brazil & Opportunities for the Oil & Gas Industry in UAE, Azerbaijan & Venezuela."
Trade Missions
The Lafayette International Center sponsors trade missions in conjunction with international trade and economic development agencies from throughout Louisiana. Recent trade missions included the XV Latin American Petroleum Show in Maracaibo, Venezuela and Port of Spain, Trinidad, the Rio Oil and Gas Expo & Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Acadiana Cup golf exchange held in Lafayette and various cities of Belgium, Canada, France and Spain.



The Lafayette International Center
735 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
Tel: 1-337-291-54741-337-291-5474 Fax: 1-337-291-5480