News for August 2011

Principles To Guide The Next Decade for Travel in America

August 25, 2011 Latest News

The approaching tenth anniversary of 9/11 provides an opportunity to position our industry and help frame the coming retrospectives and look-ahead coverage in a way that is beneficial to travel.  I took the opportunity today to discuss with the media the impact that fateful day has had on our industry and to outline a series of forward-thinking principles developed by the U.S. Travel Association that will strengthen security and help eliminate barriers that are discouraging travel to and within the United States. With a focus on reducing traveler wait times, improving customer service, and replacing a one-size-fits-all approach with a risk-based approach, the principles strike a balance between security and travel facilitation.  We must continue keeping travelers safe with the highest level of security, but we must incorporate principles that improve facilitation and encourage travel while minimizing the burden on travelers. The Sobering Impact of 9/11 International travel has represented a lost opportunity for the U.S. economy and American jobs since 9/11. While global long-haul travel grew 40 percent from 2000 to 2010, overseas travel to the United States during this same timeframe rose just two percent. Despite more travelers worldwide, our slice of the pie shrunk, with U.S. market share of the global travel market dropping from 17 percent in 2000 to 12.4 percent in 2010. If America had simply kept pace with the growth in global long-haul international travel in the decade after 9/11, 78 million more travelers would have visited the United States, adding a total of $606 billion to the U.S. economy and supporting more than 467,000 additional U.S. jobs annually. The past decade has been difficult as well for business travel, with total volume declining 21 percent between 2000 and 2010. This was due to the immediate impact of 9/11 and by the meetings crisis in the late 2000s. Business travel returned to growth mode in 2010, increasing nearly 4 percent, and growth is expected through 2014, although at a much slower rate ranging from 1.2 percent to 1.7 percent annually. Leisure travel has been quite resilient in the decade since 9/11, with leisure travel volume increasing 17 percent since 2000, despite a few years of negative growth. This growth underscores the importance of travel to Americans. Slow but steady growth of about 2 percent annually is expected through 2014. The Way Forward With the domestic economy again appearing to decelerate, attracting more international visitors to the United States and improving the TSA security experience will play an important role in creating job opportunities for Americans. Implementing the principles set forth today by the U.S. Travel Association to reduce wait times, improve customer service and replace a one-size-fits-all approach will help make America more secure and competitive in the global marketplace. Thank you for your contributions during the past decade in helping our industry thrive during challenging times, and your commitment to helping it thrive in the decade ahead. Sincerely, Roger Dow President and CEO

2nd Amendment Weekend

August 23, 2011 Latest News

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal urged hunters and campers to take advantage of the 2011 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday that runs Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4. Governor Jindal said, “This is a great opportunity for all hunters and campers to save money on the equipment they need to enjoy Sportsman’s Paradise. The weekend-long event will also bring more customers to our local hunting and sporting stores which will further benefit our businesses and Louisiana’s economy.” A wide range of supplies is eligible for exemption from all state and local sales taxes.  Eligible items include:

  • Shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers or other handguns
  • Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm
  • Accessories designed to be used for hunting
  • Apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear for use while hunting
  • Off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed for hunting.  The exemption does not apply to golf carts, bikes, motorcycles, tractors, or motor vehicles which may be legally driven on highways

In 2009, Governor Jindal signed a bill into law authorizing an annual “sales tax holiday” for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies Visit for more information including the full list of eligible items and special provisions of this sales tax holiday.

Tour De Jefferson 2011

August 15, 2011 Latest News

Last year’s ride included 650 riders, great food, fabulous entertainment and a wonderful ride through 45 scenic miles of west Jefferson. The ride starts at Bayou Segnette, up the Mississippi River Trail, through the Jean Lafitte National Park and finally to the Town of Lafitte and back. Click Here for more Info and Pictures

1843: Paddlewheel Steamboats of New Orleans

August 12, 2011 Latest News

The steamboat Sultana, a frequent visitor to New Orleans, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River just north of Memphis in April 1865, killing more than 1,500 people. The ship was packed with former Union prisoners of war. It was the worst maritime disaster in the nation's history. The paddlewheel steamboat was at the heart of culture and commerce on the river three decades after its invention, helping make New Orleans one of the wealthiest cities in the nation. But explosions, fires and foul weather were constant worries, with many lives lost to catastrophe. The Civil War interrupted operations at the port, and many steamships were destroyed. After the war, cargo shipping gradually began shifting to railroads. Click Here for more Photos and Information

MSY Airport: traffic climbs for 11 straight months

August 8, 2011 Latest News

Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continued to fly high in June, according to figures released today. It was the 11th straight year-over-year gain for the airport. Traffic also continued to run ahead of last year’s count between January and June, up 8.4 percent to 4.4 million from 4.1 million. The airport had 769,895 passengers in June compared with 693,757 in June 2010. The number of enplaned passengers on domestic, international and charter flights — those leaving the airport — was up 13.1 percent to 383,301 from 338,778 in 2010, while the number of deplaned passengers — those arriving at the airport — also was up 8 percent to 381,781 from 353,583. Click Here to Read the Full Article