march 2017
Lafayette International Center Foundation bi-monthly meeting & IAA announcement
NOTE new time and location
Mar. 21 | City Hall, in front of one of the Dafford murals | 12:15 PM
       Contact Roxsan for details, 337-291-5474,
Visit of the Consul General of France
Mar. 24 |  12:00-1:30 PM | Lafayette International Center
9th International Lafayette Pétanque Tournament                             Pétanque flyer
Mar. 24-26 |  Girard Park, Lafayette | see flyer for details
       Go to for details | To register, go to Pétanque 2017 
PECOM (Petroleum Exhibition & Conference of Mexico)                        Pecom flyer
Mar. 28-30 |  Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico | see flyer for details
       Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474,
Futurallia Trade Mission to Poitiers, France                                            Futurallia flyer
Mar. 28-31 |  see flyer for details
       Contact Christophe for details, 337-291-5474; 
april 2017
Doing Business with Brazil, a Gulf Coast Trade Alliance Conference        Brazil flyer
Apr. 4-5 | Conference Center of University Medical Center, New Orleans
       Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474,
Legislative Mission from Belgium
Apr. 12-15 |  in Lafayette Apr. 13 & 14
       Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474, 
“Climate Is Changing: Are We?”                                              Climate flyer
Apr. 17--TBD |  a traveling exhibition from Lafayette’s sister city of Poitiers, France; opening at NuNu's Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableu Highway, Arnaudville; then traveling through schools in the area
       Contact  or call (337) 453-3307 
French week in Arnaudville: “Semaine de la Francophonie”
Apr. 17-21 |  NuNu's Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableu Highway, Arnaudville
       Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474, 
International Achievement Award presentation and reception—by invitation
Apr. 27 | 5:30 PM | Jefferson Street Pub
       Contact Roxsan for details, 337-291-5474, 
may 2017
OTC (Offshore Technology Conference)                                      OTC flyer
May 1-4 | NRG Park, Houston, Texas
       Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474,
Future of Trade Summit sponsored by World Trade Center of New Orleans    flyer
May 9 |  9 AM-2 PM | Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center | Baton  Rouge
       Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474; 
Business Delegation from Brittany, France
May 18-19 | 
       Contact Christophe for details, 337-291-5474; 
UL International Student Farewell
May 9 |  5:30 to 7:30 | UL Alumni Center
       Contact Christophe for details, 337-291-5474; 
“View of Le Cannet”— Pierre Bonnard Exhibit
May 26 – Aug. 12 | Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. An exhibition of works by the French Post-Impressionist painter and printmaker who spent the final years of his life in Lafayette’s sister city of Le Cannet, France. Works are from the permanent collection of the Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet.
Salamandre Gumbo Festival 2017                             Salamandre flyer
May 25-28 |  see flyer for details
       Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474; 
june 2017
Global Petroleum Show                                                       Calgary show
June 13-15 | Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
       Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474,
Vertech City International summer school on sustainable cities
June 19-28 |  Victoriaville, Québec, Canada | learn about renewable and green energy ideas
       Contact Christophe for details, 337-291-5474; ,
       or visit
july 2017
Reseau Québec French-Speaking City Network conference
July 17-19 | Québec City, Québec, Canada | The Francophone city network co-sponsored by the cities of Lafayette, Moncton and Québec will gather in Québec City on July 17-19, 2017, to develop tourist trails in North America.
       Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474; 
august 2017
UL International Student Welcome
Aug. 14 |  4:30 PM | Lafayette City Hall
       Contact Christophe 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.