News for July 2011

No more sales Tax! August 5 & 6

July 8, 2011 Latest News

Most consumer purchases exempt from state sales tax August 5 & 6 2011 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday, just in time for back-to-school shopping The majority of consumer purchases are exempt state sales taxes during the 2011 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday on Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6. The sales tax holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item from the four percent state sales tax.  The law describes eligible items as “individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use.” Purchases are eligible for the sales tax exemption under the following conditions:

  • The customer buys and accepts delivery of eligible property;
  • The customer places property on layaway;
  • The customer acquires property that was previously placed on layaway; or
  • The customer places an order for immediate delivery, even if delivery must be delayed, provided that the customer has not requested delayed shipment.

The Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exemption does not apply to:

  • Vehicles subject to license and title
  • Meals prepared for consumption on premises or to-go
  • Taxable services such as hotel occupancy, laundry services, printing services, telecommunication services, the furnishing of cold storage space, leases or rentals of tangible personal property, repairs to tangible personal property, and admission to athletic, amusement, or recreational facilities or events

For retailers, a $25-per register tax credit is available for the reprogramming of cash registers in preparation for the sales tax holiday. Visit for more information.

Walk it Off After You Eat Louisiana Right

July 7, 2011 Latest News

Muffuletta"The roll is a flat round loaf about 10-inches in diameter, and the sandwiches are cut in quarters and sold by the half or whole. A quarter is enough for some, a half as big as most large sandwiches, and a whole ($14.50) usually shared, split for lunch and dinner, or for the heartiest appetites"


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Running of the Bulls

July 6, 2011 Latest News

Want new scenery while you run from the bulls? New Orleans is a great get-a-way.

Priceline Travelers Choose New Orleans’ French Quarter as a Top Five Independence Day Destination

July 1, 2011 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Jennifer Day or Jenn Lotz New Orleans CVB 504-566-5019 Priceline Travelers Choose New Orleans’ French Quarter as a Top Five Independence Day Destination Priceline customers book New Orleans hotels, solidifying the destination as the second- most popular July Fourth vacation spot in the country NEW ORLEANS—July 1, 2011— announced that New Orleans ranked second on the booking engine’s annual 50 most-popular July Fourth tourist destinations survey. This is the fourth time since 2008 that New Orleans has made the list, including 2009 when the city ranked first among the top 50. According to Priceline’s “Travel Ekspert,” Brian Ek, the list is determined by booking requests customers make using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price® hotel reservation service. He also notes that since results are based on credit card-backed booking requests, believes that the survey is one of the more accurate predictors of July Fourth travel trends. The highlight of July Fourth weekend in New Orleans is ESSENCE Music Festival, the largest African-American cultural event in the United States. ESSENCE returns to the Louisiana Superdome, which just completed an $85 million renovation, and the New Orleans Morial Convention Center July 1-3, 2011. On July 4, 2011, locals and visitors can enjoy Go 4th on the River, an annual celebration featuring music and the dueling barges fireworks show. Other July, August and September festivals include Tales of the Cocktail, Satchmo SummerFest, Whitney White Linen Night, the New Orleans Seafood Festival and Southern Decadence Festival. The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,000-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. We create $5 billion in new capital each year- more than any other business sector- by attracting millions of visitors, special events and conventions. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. For more information, please visit The Priceline Group of Companies is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 170,000 participating hotels worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands -,, and TravelJigsaw - and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.