tourism en Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance At 550,000 <p>The <a href="">Essence Festival</a> marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&amp;B music, community and black culture at the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superdome and the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans </span>Morial<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Convention Center.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:50:06 +0000 Associated Press 64033 at Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Using food as a way to understand the world is something your parents probably never studied in college, but it’s has become a popular discipline in the past decade. Each year, professor Meryl Rosofsky brings students from <a href="" target="_blank">NYU’s food studies program</a> to New Orleans for a week-long cultural immersion. We join them at Dooky Chase to hear if their preconceptions of New Orleans are being shed.</span></p><p>We’ll also visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Steamboat Warehouse </a>in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with <a href="">Kyan Douglas</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">make leftovers with Scott Gold </a>and his enormous jar of kimchi.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:02:28 +0000 Poppy Tooker 62990 at Out To Lunch: Saints! Pelicans! Tourists! <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. There is no specific reason — there's no amusement park or beach — but like other great cities such as Paris and Manhattan, people come here to spend time just living like we do.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Peter Ricchiuti 61277 at The Listening Post Asks: Is Tourism The Best Bet For New Orleans? <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every week&nbsp;WWNO's&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">Listening Post project</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;asks qu Thu, 08 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Richardson 60175 at Tourism Giveth, Yet the Budget Taketh Away <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Senate Finance Committee got an outline of the proposed state budget Monday, and Houma Senator Norby Chaubert was curious about something.<p>“I notice that the majority of the statewide offices saw an increase in funding,” Chaubert said. “But I did not see the Lieutenant Governor’s budget getting any bump.”<p>The Lieutenant Governor’s office, which oversees the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, is indeed struggling to make ends meet. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 56941 at Tourism Officials Support White House Plan To Fight Climate Change <p>New Orleans tourism officials kicked off a national bus tour scheduled to stop in regions most at risk from climate change. Those officials are linking jobs and coastal restoration. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:04:21 +0000 Eileen Fleming 40084 at Report: Gulf 'Wildlife' Tourism Is $19 Billion Industry <p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new report</a> from the Environmental Defense Fund and Walton Family Foundation estimates wildlife tourism along the Gulf of Mexico is a $19 billion industry. Local officials want that report used as evidence to back up claims for future BP fine money. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 39189 at 'Follow Your NOLA' Campaign Unveiled To Draw Visitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation has unveiled its latest campaign to attract visitors to the city. Recent national news attention of the Mother’s Day shooting makes the job that much harder.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 35365 at A Tree Mendez RootSuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peter’s guests on this edition of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Out to Lunch</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are eccentric enough to earn the accolade, “Our most Only In New Orleans show ever.”</span></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Peter Ricchiuti 30505 at Baton Rouge Gets Tourism Bump From Super Bowl Spill-Over Preliminary data from the <a href="">New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation</a> shows Super Bowl XLVII brought an estimated 150,000 visitors to New Orleans, and is expected to rake in an estimated $432 million for the city’s economy.<img class="asset-image" align="right" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>Just about 80 miles up the road here in the capital city, tourism spill-over from the Super Bowl-boom gave Baton Rouge a bit of an economic bump as well.<p><a href="">Visit Baton Rouge</a> President and CEO Paul Arrigo says Baton Rouge started planning for Super Bowl 2013 in 2009, when New Orleans was initially chosen for the site.<a href="/failed%20Limelight" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:51:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 28552 at