The LACGOE trade show has been an institution for 65 years in Lafayette. In October of 2019, it will be held in New Orleans for the first time in the expo’s history.
LAGCOE started in the Oil Center in the 1950s. In August, the oil and gas trade show, which is held every two years, announced that it was moving to the Big Easy.
“The are not many buyers left here,” said LAGCOE’s executive director Angela Cring. The event needed more interior space, which became an issue at the Cajundome, she said.
Ben Berthelot, CEO of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau, said there is no doubt that losing LAGCOE is a significant economic blow to Lafayette, but he said the search is on for other ways to bring back some of that revenue.