by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 23, 2016
Meeting hotels in downtown Baton Rouge and its parameters, and the main convention venue -- the Baton Rouge River Center -- were not affected by the historic floods that ravaged the region last week, according to Paul Arrigo, president & CEO of Visit Baton Rouge. "As far as we know, no major attractions had damage," Arrigo said.  However, he told M&C that the convention center currently is being used as a shelter for flood victims, and most hotels in the vicinity are occupied by flood survivors, recovery workers, FEMA staff and other personnel related to flood damage and recovery. Arrigo noted that no events had been in place when the flooding began; looking ahead, he said he expected business to be up and running soon, "but right now, we're not sure when." So far, two events slated for the fall are being relocated. 
The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is collecting donations to assist members of the hotel industry impacted by the floods. Checks and credit card donations are accepted; checks should be payable to Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 24046, New Orleans, La. 70184. Credit card donations can be processed through the Donate Now button on the top of the LHF website.