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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

New Orleans Highly Ranked by Two Expert Travel Resources

August 3, 2011 Latest News

Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor rank New Orleans highly on best destination and least expensive travel lists

NEW ORLEANS –August, 2011–TripAdvisor and Travel + Leisure both recognized New Orleans as a premier travel destination in two lists released in July 2011. TripAdvisor analyzed prices of key vacation items- one night accommodations (four star hotel), item of food (pizza), an alcoholic drink (dry martini) and a taxi journey- in 15 cities and tracked prices against the U.S. dollar with their new TripIndex tool. New Orleans ranked the third most inexpensive city in the nation- with the price of a martini $3 less than any competitor, showcasing the city as a top nightlife destination as well. Travel + Leisure readers ranked New Orleans the sixth best North American city for travel, one spot above last year’s number seven ranking.  They also honored the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans for the best hotel spa in the region, along with ranking the Windsor Court, Roosevelt New Orleans and Loews New Orleans Hotel in the top 50 North American hotels, placing them sixth, 13th and 49th respectively. Travel + Leisure readers voted on their favorite hotels, cities, islands, spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and safari outfitters, and car-rental agencies. The 2011 World’s Best Awards reader’s survey results (listed by overall and regional rankings) and survey methodology are featured in the August issue of Travel+ Leisure magazine, on newsstand July 22 and online now at www.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest. “TripAdvisor and Travel + Leisure readers are well versed in the travel industry, so it is a huge honor for New Orleans to be consistently recognized by them as a top travel destination,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Tourism is a $5 billion, image and perception-driven business, so we look to both awards to solidify our city’s status as a premier travel destination in the country as well as internationally.” These key distinctions add to a list of awards New Orleans has been racking up including honors from AAA South Magazine, where New Orleans was recognized as Best Large City for a Weekend, Best Guy’s Getaway and Best Girls Getaway. Travel + Leisure also recognized New Orleans in 2010 as the top Singles City, and Best Urban Destination for New Years Eve. In addition, Priceline.com ranked New Orleans second on their list of the top 50 destination for the Fourth of July 2011. 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 www.neworleanscvb.com. With an eye for the authentic, the innovative, and the irresistible, Travel + Leisure® (www.travelandleisure.com, @travelandleisure) fuses expert reporting on culture, food, style and design with stunning photography, transporting readers to the places- and the travel experiences- that matter now. T+L, the monthly title from American Express Publishing and the long-standing authority in its field, has the largest audience of any travel magazine and is an indispensable guide for global nomads. Travel + Leisure has a network of international editions, including Travel + Leisure Mexico, Travel + Leisure Turkey, Travel + Leisure China, Travel + Leisure South Asia, and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and Instant Personalization) with seamless links to booking tools.

State Sales Tax Aug 5 & 6

August 1, 2011 Latest News

BATON ROUGE – The majority of consumer purchases are exempt from 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.” The Louisiana Department of Revenue encourages shoppers to retain receipts for school supplies, uniforms, and educational equipment required by schools. Expenses paid this year are eligible for tax deductions on 2011 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns due May 15, 2012. In order to claim the deductions, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your state individual income tax return, and you must be able to provide documentation for the expenses. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/schooldeduction for more information.Read Entire Press Releasae Here

Today Louisiana mourns the passing of Eugene Schreiber

July 25, 2011 Latest News

Eugene Joseph Schreiber, who served as Managing Director of the World Trade Center (WTC) of New Orleans for 32 years, died on July 20 of complications from leukemia. Gene was passionate about the city of New Orleans, and under his direction, from 1979 to 2010, the city's World Trade Center organized more than 1,500 seminars, conferences, country briefings, inbound and outbound trade missions, and other international trade programs in support of Louisiana's export-import growth, port activity, and economic development. Eugene will be greatly missed by those all over the world and by the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Group. Rest in Peace. Full Obituary Here