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witti (Women in Travel & Tourism International)

July 13, 2011 Latest News


The Event

Women in Travel & Tourism and The Court of Two Sisters Invites you to a special Reception and Dinner in New Orleans, in conjunction with the DMAI Annual Convention. Women in Travel & Tourism International (witti) is an exciting new organization whose mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways. Help us launch this new organization committed to promoting, connecting, and celebrating women in travel and tourism. Click here to register for the upcoming witti launch event at one of New Orleans' premier restaurants: The Court of Two Sisters in the heart of the historic French Quarter. The Organization Women in Travel & Tourism International (witti) is an exciting new organization whose mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways. The first steps to organize this dynamic group have been taken, and we are now establishing our Founder’s Circle, The women and partner organizations who will help determine the directions of the organization’s key tenet: Connecting, Supporting, and Promoting Women’s Contributions in Travel and Tourism. The specific benefits witti will offer include: 1) Networking, through conferences, a listserve, and gatherings at major tourism conferences; 2) Lead sharing; 3) Education; and 4) Community service, to entail the funding of projects that help women in developing nations develop the skills and acquire tools to establish tourism-related businesses. Women and Partner organizations in the Founder’s Circle will help shape witti’s mission and global programming as we seek to serve women in our industry.  You also will be invited as special guests to speak at the inaugural meeting of witti in Orlando, 2012, as well as benefit from listings on our website and in promotional materials. witti plans to hold two meetings annually -- at Pow Wow (incorporating former FIT Brunch founded by Sharon Gaiptman of Alaska) and annually in partnership with the ONE Travel Conference each January. Our first meeting will follow the ONE Travel Conference January 15-17 in Orlando, FL. At the Hilton Orlando, Bonnet Creek. witti will also hold special events in conjunction with other conferences held by National Tour Association, and is approaching other Associations to co-host events at their annual conferences.  And, of course, we’ll create a vibrant online community through a web site and social media where we can all click, connect, and confer. Let Them Know Get involved now by e-mailing your response and areas of service interest (i.e. membership, bylaws, communications, etc.) to Laura Mandala at We hope you’ll say “YES!” to becoming a part of this extraordinary group, together we will plan, strategize, and connect to help women in travel and tourism everywhere. Witti Statement witti’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways to serve women in the travel. witti is founded and led by Laura Mandala, managing director of Mandala Research & Consulting and former VP/Research with U.S. Travel.  witti is supported by the Collie Gorg Group (CGG), a management firm based near Washington DC specializing in growing organizations and associations.  CGG has experience with managing groups within travel and tourism and involvement with many travel, convention, and destination marketing organizations.

Tip of the Week: How to Find the Best Travel Rates

July 11, 2011 Latest News

Here is an interesting article that explains to you the best time to purchase plane tickets. Thinking of making an international visit to Louisiana? Now you should be. (this tip brought to you by Louisiana Tax Free Shopping)

COOLinary Restaurant Promotion

July 11, 2011 Latest News

NEW ORLEANSJuly 7, 2011— New Orleans has announced the line-up of more than 35 world-class restaurants for its seventh annual COOLinary restaurant promotion, offering special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and three-course dinner menus for $35 or less, August 1-31, 2011. The event celebrates the famous, authentic cuisine of New Orleans and its culinary community, which according to Tom Fitzmorris and, currently boasts 1,205 restaurants. The COOLinary promotion runs throughout the month of August, coinciding with New Orleans summer hotel rates, a year-round unparalleled nightlife scene and one-of-a-kind attractions—making for the perfect summer vacation destination. “Food is at the core of New Orleans’ culture, and for the past seven years, COOLinary has extended a special invitation for visitors to dine at the city’s most prestigious and beloved restaurants,” said Kim Priez, Vice President of Tourism Sales for the New Orleans CVB. “This promotion creates an opportunity to enjoy signature meals from our award-winning chefs, all inspired by fresh Louisiana produce and products.” Restaurants participating in COOLinary 2011 include: 5 Fifty 5, 7 on Fulton, Antoine’s Restaurant, Bayona, The Bombay Club, Bon Ton Café, Bourbon House, Brennan’s Restaurant, Brigtsen’s, Café Adelaide, Café Degas, Café Giovanni, Commander’s Palace, Charlie’s Steak House, The Court of Two Sisters, The Crazy Lobster, Desire Seafood & Oyster Bar, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Emeril’s New Orleans, Feast, GW FINS, Latil’s Landing of Houmas House Plantation & Gardens, Lüke, M Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Mike’s on the Avenue, Mulates Cajun Restaurant, Muriel’s Jackson Square, One Restaurant & Lounge, Palace Café, The Pelican Club, Roux on Orleans, Royal Palm, Restaurant August, Sazerac Restaurant, Ste. Marie and Tujague’s Restaurant. Visit to see the growing list of restaurants and to learn more about COOLinary New Orleans. Unique specials as well as the latest information and menus from participating restaurants are also available on the official COOLinary website.

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.

What’s New in New Orleans’ Hospitality Industry – June/July 2011

June 25, 2011 Latest News


  • Hyatt Regency New Orleans recently announced that it is accepting reservations to welcome its first guests on October 19, 2011, following a $275 million redesign and revitalization. The iconic hotel will feature 1,193 contemporary guest rooms and 200,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including two 25,000 sq ft ballrooms and a new 50,000 sq ft exhibit hall. Hyatt Regency New Orleans will also feature expansive food and beverage offerings, including a free standing restaurant by a nationally recognized chef, who will be announced soon.  In March 2012, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Make It Right, the non-profit organization founded by actor Brad Pitt, will host “A Night to Make It Right presented by Hyatt,” a fundraising gala to celebrate the hotel’s re-opening and help raise funds to complete Make It Right’s goal to build 150 eco-friendly homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. To kick-off fundraising efforts, the hotel donated $300,000 to help build two homes.
  • Grammy Award and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter, Irvin Mayfield, has announced a partnership with the JW Marriott to bring New Orleans Irvin Mayfield’s I Club, a sophisticated music venue “where the art is.” The new club is expected to open in July 2011 and will feature live music Wednesdays-Sundays, along with fine-dining small plates and cocktails.
  • The National World War II Museum achieved another milestone in its ongoing $300 million expansion project when the museum unveiled the $3 million John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion on June 4, 2011. Visitors will be able to see first-hand the techniques conservators use to repair and restore boats, vehicles, weapons and artifacts. The Museum also announced its partnership with Gray Line Tours for the VIP Victory Tour. Visitors are now able to purchase tickets to any of the museum’s attractions at all of Gray Line’s concierge desks and have the option to purchase tickets with Gray Line and the Natchez all at a discounted packaged price, adding both convenience and value-added opportunities for consumers.
  • New Orleans’ festival season keeps on rolling, as the city is preparing to welcome thousands of guests for the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival and Tales of the Cocktail. ESSENCE Fest, July Fourth weekend, features headlining artists such as Usher, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson. Tales of the Cocktail, July 20-24, offers lectures, book signings, dinner pairings, cooking and mixing demonstrations in the city that invented the cocktail.
  • The Louisiana Superdome will complete an $85 million renovation just in time to host ESSENCE Music Festival. Key significant enhancements include an expansion of the Plaza concourse, additional restrooms and concession points of sale on the Plaza section as well as additional 3,100 new seats and improved sight lines.
  • The New Orleans CVB, in partnership with Digital Bayou HD Productions, Inc., has launched a new, four-minute promotional video titled, “A Day in New Orleans.” The video takes viewers on a tour through some of the city’s most celebrated features and attractions. To view the video, visit <> .
  • Local restaurateur, Ralph Brennan, was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the National Restaurant Association, the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award. This award is presented annually to an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in bringing public focus to the hospitality industry through philanthropy and community service. Ralph Brennan is the owner of Heritage Café, café b, Red Fish Grill and Ralph’s on the Park.
  • The Audubon Insectarium, a museum dedicated completely to bugs, is celebrating its third anniversary. The museum opened its doors on June 13, 2008. This was the first major attraction to open in post-Katrina New Orleans. Also, Audubon Park Golf Course ranked among the best municipal courses in the country, according to Golfweek Magazine’s May 13, 2011 issue.
  • Local transportation service, Limousine Livery, has announced its partnership with Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program to convert 20 Lincoln Town Cars to propane autogas, a clean-burning, American-made fuel that lowers greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs simultaneously.
  • In May 2011, ranked New Orleans as a Top Ten City for Single Men, stating its unique culture and affordability make it a top choice among this group. Also, named New Orleans one of the “Ten Most Joyous Cities in the United States.”
  • June 4-12, 2011, was all about seafood, music, fresh Louisiana produce and fun when the city played host to the New Orleans Oyster Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Creole Tomato Festival. Thousands of visitors meandered through the Historic French Market for Creole Tomato Fest, which celebrated its 25th year while approximately 16,000 festival-goers stopped by the Old U.S. Mint for the Cajun Zydeco Fest and Louisiana Seafood Fest.
  • This July, the Roosevelt New Orleans will celebrate the second anniversary of its reopening after a $170 million historic restoration in 2009. Since its reopening, nearly 350,000 guests have stayed at the property.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection is mixing history and modern technology with its recently released iPhone/iPad app, Historic New Orleans. The free app allows users to take a photo of a landmark throughout New Orleans and view what the building, space or street scene looked like 100 years ago.
  • The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is presenting Race: Are We So Different?, a traveling exhibit on the history, science and everyday experience of race. The exhibit opened on June 4 at the Old U.S. Mint and has been on national tour since 2007.
  • The Algiers Economic Development Foundation announced its schedule for the fourth annual Wednesdays on the Point Summer Riverfront Concert Series. The eight-week series will take place every Wednesday beginning June 22 through August 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the foot of the ferry terminal in the historic Algiers Point.

2011 Festivals

  • Zulu Lundi Gras Festival/March 7
  • 25th Annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza with Rex/March 7
  • Mardi Gras Day/March 8
  • Soul Fest/March 12-13
  • Spring Fiesta/March 25-April 3
  • Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival/March 23-27
  • Louisiana Oyster Jubilee/March 26
  • New Orleans Classic Auto Festival/March 13-14
  • New Orleans Roadfood Festival/March 25-27
  • French Quarter Festival/April 7-10
  • New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo/April 17
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell/April 29-May 8
  • Mid City Bayou Boogaloo/May 20-22
  • New Orleans Wine and Food Experience/May 24-28
  • Greek Festival/May 27-29
  • New Orleans Oyster Festival/June 4-5
  • New Orleans Vieux-to-Do/June 10-12
  • ESSENCE Music Festival/July 1-3
  • San Fermin in Nueva Orleans/July 8-10
  • Tales of the Cocktail/July 20-24
  • COOLinary New Orleans/Aug. 1-31
  • Satchmo SummerFest/Aug. 4-7
  • Whitney White Linen Night/Aug. 6
  • Dirty Linen Night/Aug. 13
  • New Orleans Red Dress Run/Aug. 13
  • Southern Decadence Festival/Aug. 31-Sept. 5
  • New Orleans Seafood Festival/Sept. 9-11
  • New Orleans Burlesque Festival/Sept. 15-17
  • Gretna Heritage Festival/Oct. TBD
  • Art for Arts’ Sake/Oct. TBD
  • New Orleans Film Festival/Oct. 14-20
  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival/Oct. 14-16
  • Krewe of Halloween/Oct. 29
  • Voodoo Music Experience/Oct. 28-30
  • Louisiana Swamp Festival/Nov. TBD
  • New World Rhythms Festival/Nov. 12-13
  • Words and Music Literary Festival/Nov. TBD
  • New Orleans Po-boy Preservation Festival/Nov. TBD
  • Christmas New Orleans Style/December
  • The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE), May 24-28, welcomed thousands of wine lovers to the city for a five-day bacchanalia. NOWFE brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders for a showcase of signature events.
  • On April 7-10, 2011, French Quarter Festival presented by Capital One Bank, celebrated its 28th anniversary with nearly 533,000 festival-goers over the four-day weekend. After a record-breaking attendance of 512,000 attendees in 2010, French Quarter Festival announced the addition of Thursday, dubbed “Locals Lagniappe Day,” to the 2011 festival.
  • April 29-May 1 and May 5-8, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell showcased seven-days of music with artists such as The Strokes, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Terence Blanchard, Kid Rock, Mumford & Sons and The Neville Brothers. More than 400,000 Jazz Fest goers flocked to the Fair Grounds for the internationally renowned festival.
  • More than one million revelers, including thousands of Spring Break travelers, celebrated Mardi Gras 2011 in New Orleans. With parades culminating on Fat Tuesday, March 8, New Orleans area hotels and the CVB reported a virtually sold-out Mardi Gras weekend, and one of the largest festivities the city has seen in 25 years.

2010 Festival Attendance                                                                                            2011 Festival Attendance Mardi Gras                                                                                1 million +               Mardi Gras                                    1 million + French Quarter Festival presented by Capital One           512,000                      French Quarter Fest                    533,000 Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell                  375,000                       Jazz and Heritage Festival        400,000 + New Orleans Wine and Food Experience                          10,000 ESSENCE Music Festival                                                       400,000 Tales of the Cocktail                                                               17,000 Satchmo SummerFest                                                             26,000 Southern Decadence Festival                                               125,000-135,000 Voodoo Music Experience                                                    125,000-150,000 Poboy Preservation Festival                                                 45,000 Hotels

  • At an Earth Day press conference, the Hotel Monteleone formally announced its receipt of the Green Key Hotel Award for accomplishments in environmental management and corporate social responsibility after participating in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program and Green Key Meetings Program recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are actively and continuously improving their environmental and fiscal performance. Founded in 1886, the historic Hotel Monteleone is also celebrating 125 years of hospitality in the French Quarter.
  • W Hotels of New Orleans-French Quarter will unveil a multi-million dollar renovation in Fall of 2011. The property began its renovations in December 2010 and includes a full renovation of the restaurant space, a facelift to the exterior of the building and a revamp of guest rooms. The W New Orleans, located downtown, has also unveiled a newly renovated meeting space totaling 13,000 square ft and featuring 13 meeting and banquet rooms, and views of downtown New Orleans.
  • The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans will undergo a $9 million guest room renovation; it’s first since opening in 2000. On October 6, 2000, it became the city’s first luxury hotel to open on Canal Street, housing 527 guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a 25,000 square foot day spa and fitness center. The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans also announced in May that Vincent Russo has been appointed to the position of Executive Chef, to oversee the operations for M bistro, The Davenport Lounge, banquets and in-room dining for the property.

Recent Awards and Accolades

  • Travel + Leisure, a top international travel publication, continues to recognize New Orleans as a must-see destination. In April, Travel + Leisure Magazine named City Park New Orleans one of 12 of “America’s Coolest City Parks.” This announcement also coincides with City Park’s latest addition to the 1,300 acre park, The City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, which features 16 hard and 10 clay courts. Travel + Leisure also named New Orleans’ Garden District as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks.” The Windsor Court Hotel was named to Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Affordable Hotel List” in March 2011.


  • The New Orleans Hornets had a stellar 2010-2011 season, including a close playoff match up against the Los Angeles Lakers. According to a recent study by the University of New Orleans, the Hornets are responsible for $9.8 million in annual tax revenues.

New Orleans will host the following major sporting events from 2011-2013:

  • Junior Olympic games – July 27-Aug. 6, 2011
  • State Farm Bayou Classic – Nov. 26, 2011
  • R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 2011
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl – Jan. 2012
  • BCS Championship Game – Jan. 2012
  • SEC Basketball Championship – March 8-11, 2012
  • NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship – March 31-April 2, 2012
  • Super Bowl XLVII – Feb. 2013
  • NCAA Women’s Final Four – April 7-10, 2013


  • Carnival Cruise Lines continues to commit to New Orleans. It was recently announced that the Carnival Ecstasy, which begins sailing four- and five-night cruises from New Orleans September 22-October 31, 2011, will be replaced by a newer ship, the Carnival Elation in November 2011. The new ship is also set to sail year-round for four- and five-night cruises from New Orleans. The city is also a homeport to the Carnival Triumph, which will be replaced by the Conquest in November 2011.
  • The Voyager of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International will call New Orleans its homeport beginning November 12, 2011, and will offer seven-night cruises to the Western Caribbean, accommodating 3,835 guests.

Museums, Films and Cultural Attractions

  • The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), a museum and research center dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans, will host two major events in the upcoming months. “The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States” is concluding its three-city American tour with an eight week run at THNOC, May 11-July 30, 2011. Selected from the Archive of the Indies in Seville, these items are rarely displayed outside of Spain. THNOC will also host the New Orleans Antiques Forum August 4-7, 2011, when a distinguished group of speakers from throughout the country will discuss porcelain, silver, gardens, paintings and more.
  • New Orleans continues to set the stage as a home to fine theater. Broadway Across America has committed to New Orleans for another season. Beginning September 15, 2011, hits such as The Addams Family, Rock of Ages, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Blue Man Group and Disney’s The Lion King will bring Broadway to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre.
  • The historic Orpheum Theater began renovations in April and is set to reopen in 2012. The theater, which was home to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, has been closed since 2005.
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is celebrating 100 years in 2011. NOMA, located in City Park, houses more than 30,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. On November 13, 2010, NOMA presented the exhibition Great Collectors/Great Donors: the Making of NOMA, 1910-2010.
  • The HBO hit series Tremé, which chronicles the historic neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina, began airing its second season on April 24, 2011.
  • The lights of the legendary Saenger Theatre marquee shine bright again. The 2,700-seat Canal Street theatre, which originally opened in 1927, will undergo a $38.8 million restoration and is scheduled for completion in late 2011.

According to the Office of Film and Video, New Orleans boasts the most diverse portfolio of film and television work in the state of Louisiana, catering to the largest of studio features, the smallest of independent projects and also to a wide range of television and commercial productions. Major movies and productions filming in 2011 include:

  • The Loft
  • Memphis Beat, Season 2
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

For a complete listing and more information, visit <> . Meetings and Conventions Meetings (3,000 or more in attendance) in 2011 include:

  • American Mathematical Society and Mathematics Association of America/Jan. 6-9
  • American Academy of Dermatology/Feb. 4-8
  • American Physical Therapy Association/Feb. 9-12
  • ESPN BassMasters Classic/Feb. 18-20
  • Cisco Partner Summit/Feb. 28-March 3
  • Louisiana National Guard/March 11-13
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/March 16-19
  • Sungard Higher Education/March 20-23
  • American Counseling Association/March 23-27
  • American College of Cardiology/April 2-5
  • American Educational Research Association/April 8-12
  • National Intramural Recreational Sports Association/April 13-16
  • New Orleans Dental Conference/April 14-16
  • National Catholic Education Association/April 26-28
  • United Fresh Produce Association/May 2-5
  • American Institute of Architects/May 12-14
  • Rotary International/May 21-25
  • American Society of Microbiology/May 21-24
  • National Conference on Volunteering & Service/June 6-8
  • Institute of Food Technologists/June 11-14
  • National Athletic Trainers Association/June 19-22
  • American Library Association/June 23-28
  • American Society of Animal Science Societies/July 10-14
  • Amateur Athletic Union/July 27-Aug. 6
  • Disabled American Veterans/Aug. 6-9
  • Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association/Aug. 29-Sept. 1
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling/Sept. 22-24
  • American Public Transportation Association/Oct. 3-5
  • Specialty Graphic Imaging Association/Oct. 19-21
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans/Oct. 30-Nov. 2
  • National Association for Gifted Children/Nov. 3-6
  • National Communication Association/Nov. 17-20
  • Diversified Business Communications/International Workboat Show/Nov. 30-Dec. 2
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/Dec. 4-8
  • Investors from around the globe converged in New Orleans for Entrepreneur Week, March 18-26, 2011. This annual gathering, which is made possible by the New Orleans non-profit organization The Idea Village, brings some of the nation’s most innovative minds together, including top executives from major companies and MBA students from around the country for this one-of-a-kind event.


  • Chef Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon was the winner of the 2011 James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: South category on May 9, 2011.
  • Former New Orleans Saints Quarterback and New Orleanian Archie Manning have partnered with Harrah’s New Orleans to open Manning’s, a restaurant and bar located in Fulton Square set to open in fall 2011.
  • World-renowned chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto have announced their partnership and the formation of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development, LLC, in which their first joint venture will be Restaurant R’evolution. The restaurant is scheduled to open in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in 2011 and will offer contemporary Creole cuisine.


  • The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport reported that 2010 passenger volume increased 5.1 percent to 8,153,511, up from 7,787,373 in 2009, and exceeding the FAA’s national growth projection of 2.8 percent. The 2010 numbers are a post-Katrina record number of passengers.
  • In total, a $300 million modernization project is underway at the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport. Last March, the airport began a $16.9 million terminal improvement project that will double the size of Concourse D, creating six new gates and 8,000 square feet of space for concessions. This project, which is expected to be completed in September 2011, will create 1,000 construction jobs for the regional economy and provide an enhanced airport experience for all passengers with minimal passenger disruption.
  • In July of 2010, the construction began on a new Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC). The nearly $75 million project will greatly increase rental car capacity to accommodate current needs and anticipated growth over the next 15 years and will increase capacity from 800 cars to approximately 1,800. The CONRAC will also eliminate the need for off-site shuttles to rental car facilities currently scattered throughout the area and is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Additional flights in 2011 include:

  • Southwest Airlines (Third direct flight from New Orleans to Baltimore-Washington International) beginning June 2011
  • Delta Air Lines (Daily non-stop service to Kansas City) began June 6, 2011
  • Southwest Airlines (Third direct flight from New Orleans to Nashville) beginning October 3, 2011
  • Delta Air Lines (Flying twice daily to New Orleans from Reagan National Airport in D.C.) began March 3, 2011
  • United Airlines (Non-stop service from New Orleans to San Francisco) resumed February 17, 2011


  • 2010: 8.3 million visitors /  $5.3 billion (highest visitor spending in city’s history)
  • 2009: 7.5 million visitors / $4.2 billion visitor spending
  • 2008: 7.6 million / $5.1 billion
  • 2007: 7.1 million /  $4.8 billion
  • 2006:  3.7 million/ $2.8 billion
  • 2005: July-December  stats not available
  • 2005: January-June: 5.3 million / $2.6 billion
  • 2004: 10.1 million / $4.9 billion
  • 2003: 8.5 million / $4.5 billion
  • Taxes: $250-300 million in tax revenues … more than any other business sector
  • Economic impact of tourism: $5 billion
  • Employment: Nearly 70,000
  • Hotels: 210 and 35,550 hotel rooms
  • Restaurants: 1,205 ( <> )
  • Airport: As of  June 2011; 15,543 seats serving 37 destinations

About the New Orleans CVB The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) 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 persuade 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 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 <> Media Contact Jenn Lotz 504-566-5019

Every 35 visitors to the United States creates one job: US Travel Association

June 25, 2011 Latest News

The United States Travel Association is teaming up with several other United States travel, tourism and hospitality organizations to raise awareness about the importance and necessity of United States visa reform to improve the economy and create jobs.

According to the United States Travel Association, every 35 visitors to the United States creates one job for an American, and on average, visitors to the United States from overseas countries spend over $4,000 during a visit. In 2009, almost one million jobs in the United States were directly supported by foreign travel and tourism, along with 856,000 jobs in non-travel-specific industries.

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