tourism

Business
2:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Short-Term Rental Stakeholders All Agree On One Thing: Current Law Inadequate

A screenshot of the Airbnb website shows over a thousand available short-term rentals in New Orleans, which are illegal under current city law.
Credit Airbnb

Unlicensed, short-term rentals are illegal in New Orleans, but there aren’t a lot of people getting busted for renting out their house on websites like Airbnb or VRBO. That’s because the law that bans vacation rentals is almost impossible for the city to enforce.

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Latest News
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

New Orleans Ranked 10th Best City In The World

Credit multisanti / Flickr

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have ranked New Orleans as the 10th best city in the world.

It’s the first time since 1996 that New Orleans has made the Top 10 list.

More than 17,000 readers participated in the survey.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the Crescent City was one of two US cities to make the list. Charleston, South Carolina, was ranked second. Kyoto, Japan, was number one.

New Orleans was ranked 6th among US cities in 2013. It vaulted this year to Number 2 nationally — past San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Latest News
5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance At 550,000

The Essence Festival 2014 set attendance records for the event.
Corey Seemen Flickr

The Essence Festival marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the Superdome and the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

That's about 10,000 more people than attended the 2013 festival, which included a sold-out performance by Beyoncé. Organizers say the 2014 festival has earned the distinction of being the largest gathering in its history.

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Louisiana Eats!
6:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans

Professor Meryl Rosofsky, left, connects her students with authentic Louisiana experiences so that their visit here isn't isolated to the French Quarter and other tourist traps.
Credit Jimmy Delery

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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 NYU’s food studies program 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.

We’ll also visit the Steamboat Warehouse in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with Kyan Douglas, and make leftovers with Scott Gold and his enormous jar of kimchi. 

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Out To Lunch: Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!

Peter Ricchiuti, Mark Romig and Ed Lang.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

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.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Tourism The Best Bet For New Orleans?

Every year the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival attracts thousands of tourists.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the tourism industry.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he wants to reframe the city's relationship with its longstanding tourism and hospitality industry.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tourism Giveth, Yet the Budget Taketh Away

The Senate Finance Committee got an outline of the proposed state budget Monday, and Houma Senator Norby Chaubert was curious about something.

“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.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s office, which oversees the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, is indeed struggling to make ends meet.

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Climate Change
3:04 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tourism Officials Support White House Plan To Fight Climate Change

The current slogan of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The agency is linking jobs and the threat of climate change.

Tourism officials say jobs depend on a healthy and safe environment.

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.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Report: Gulf 'Wildlife' Tourism Is $19 Billion Industry

A screenshot of the beginning of the wildlife tourism report.

Officials review the importance of wildlife in a report on the Gulf Coast economy.

A new report 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.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

'Follow Your NOLA' Campaign Unveiled To Draw Visitors

Credit New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

New Orleans tourism officials launch a new campaign to attract visitors.

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.

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