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New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) awarded for outstanding client service

June 25, 2011 Latest News

Media Contacts:
Tara Letort or Jenn Lotz New Orleans CVB 504-566-5019
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Cited for Excellence by Meeting Professionals Subscribers to Association Conventions & Facilities magazine recognize the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau with a third Distinctive Achievement Award NEW ORLEANS –June 23, 2011– Subscribers of Association Conventions & Facilities magazine have once again recognized the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) for outstanding client service by granting the organization with a Distinctive Achievement Award. Winners of the fourth Annual Distinctive Achievement Award were chosen through an open ballot vote placed in a recent issue of the magazine. Approximately 20,500 meeting professionals subscribe to Association Conventions & Facilities magazine, and the award winners will be recognized in the magazine’s August/September 2011 issue. This is the third time the New Orleans CVB has received this award since 2008. “We are grateful that our customers and clients consistently recognize us as one of the top CVB’s in the country with honors such as the Distinctive Achievement Award,” said Nikki Moon, Vice President of Convention Sales for the New Orleans CVB. “Our success is shared with the rest of the New Orleans hospitality community.  The restaurants, hotels, facilities - and all our partners are what make this destination an award winner.” Voting criteria for the Distinctive Achievement Award is based on superior service and support; assistance with promotion, accommodation and site inspections; ability to assist and liaison with suppliers, vendors, facilities, venues and local government; and communication and website strength. New Orleans CVB is one of only 25 Convention and Visitors Bureaus in the country to win this prestigious award. About New Orleans CVB 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 <> . ###

Mobile shopping app launching in NOLA, 8 major U.S. cities

June 25, 2011 Latest News

Shopkick, a location-based mobile shopping application that rewards shoppers for walking into stores, kicked off its retail program for small business in New Orleans this week.

Initial product runs for the Palo Alto, Calif., company targeted big box chains such as Target, Best Buy and Macy’s. Shopkick is now in a partnership with financial services firm Citi, plans to install its signal boxes free of charge for 1,000 small businesses in New Orleans and eight other U.S. cities over the next month.

The free mobile app is intended to update the paper loyalty cards typically punched at local bakeries, coffee houses and retail stores.

When shoppers walk into Shopkick stores they instantly earn points that can be redeemed for in-store gift cards, song downloads, movie tickets, hotel vouchers, Facebook Credits to play games online and donations to charitable causes. Users can also manually check into stores or scan barcodes of featured products to earn rewards. The Shopkick app is currently available at 2,500 retail and 160 mall locations throughout the country. The small business program will also launch in Austin, Texas; Chicago; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Businesses interested in participating must apply at by July 21. Please visit the original post here

Mark Romig named CEO of N.O. Tourism Marketing Corp

June 21, 2011 Latest News

Mark Romig named CEO of N.O. Tourism Marketing Corp.

by Christian Moises, News Editor


Mark Romig has been named CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. effective today. Romig started with NOTMC in an unofficial capacity June 2 after serving as vice president of marketing and public relations for Health Corporation of America’s Delta Division, which included Tulane University Medical Center, for three years. Before that, he was president of public relations at Peter A. Mayer Advertising. “The opportunity of contributing to the success of the New Orleans’ tourism industry is a great honor,” Romig said in a release. “I am anxious to begin a new chapter for NOTMC, and help initiate an unprecedented collaboration with all other organizations related to tourism.” Romig will make $163,000 a year and is eligible for up to a 30 percent increase each year if he meets certain goals. “In choosing a new CEO, it was obvious to the entire board that right in our own city was an individual that was more qualified than any candidate we could have chosen,” Darryl Berger, chairman of the NOTMC’s board of directors, said in a release. “Mark received a unanimous vote from the board, an indication of the confidence we have in his ability to lead.” Sandy Shilstone stepped down as president and CEO March 31 after 11 years at the helm. Jeremy Cooker, director of special projects, took over in the interim.

Economic Impact of Family Gras 2011

June 1, 2011 Latest News

The 2011 Family Gras Weekend in Jefferson Parish brought 4,092 out‐of‐town visitors who accounted for 11,571 visitor nights in the local area. The weekend generated a total economic impact of $6.6 million. This includes $3.4 million in direct spending and $3.2 million in secondary spending. In addition, the weekend generated over $0.5 million in state and local tax revenue.

UNO economic impact study data.

Louisiana's annual sles tax holiday on hurricane items begins today

May 28, 2011 Latest News

Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday on hurricane items begins Saturday morning

Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 6:04 AM
Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness items kicks off Saturday morning. The holiday, now in its fourth year, is held each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of May and is timed to precede the June 1 start of Atlantic hurricane season. Batteries, flashlights, self-powered radios, and portable generators are among the items eligible for the state sales tax break. The tax holiday exempts the first $1,500 of each eligible item from the 4 percent state sales tax, according to Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman Byron Henderson. Local sales taxes applied by parishes or special taxing districts still apply. Items placed on layaway, ordered for immediate shipment or purchased using a previously obtained "rain check" are covered by the sales tax holiday. But the sales tax holiday does not extend to items purchased at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store, or entertainment complex. The holiday, which was established by the Legislature, is designed to encourage residents to begin preparing for storm season. For more information on the sales tax holiday visit the Louisiana Department of Revenue web site at