tourism

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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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

A Tree Mendez RootSuit

Tree, Colin Grussing (in the bodysuit) and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are eccentric enough to earn the accolade, “Our most Only In New Orleans show ever.”

Colin Grussing is an otherwise perfectly normal person who dresses in fully body spandex, including masking his face, and sells what he calls his RootSuit to other eccentrics and rabid sports fans. A man named Tree (only), who came to lunch in a wooden bow tie, weaves a magical spell over tourists.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Baton Rouge Gets Tourism Bump From Super Bowl Spill-Over

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:12 am

Preliminary data from the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation 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.

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.

Visit Baton Rouge 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.

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Latest News
11:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Fla. County Picks Peter Mayer for Tourism Push

Tourism officials in Okaloosa County, Fla., have selected New Orleans-based Peter Mayer Advertising to design a program to attract visitors to the Florida Panhandle community.

The county includes the communities of Destin, Fort Walton and Okaloosa Island.

The agency began working with the county tourism development department in December. Its destination-marketing experience includes work with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., hotels and attractions such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Tourism
1:38 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Louisiana Tourism Officials Plan Fishing Website

Louisiana anglers and those planning a fishing trip to the state will be able to get information, licenses and a spot to chat online with other fishermen at what state tourism officials call a fishing microsite opening early in January.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says Louisiana is the world's finest fishing destination, and the state wants to help related businesses.

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Super Bowl XLVII
3:39 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Hammond Airport Expects Busy Super Bowl Week

City Administrator Pete Panepinto says Hammond's Northshore Airport is getting ready for the NFL's Super Bowl, set for Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

Mayor Mayson Foster tells The Advocate that the airport expects to be the third-busiest in Louisiana during Super Bowl week, handling more than 100 aircraft.

Latest News
2:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

City to Roll Out Tourism Pitch

The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. is planning a 2013 national campaign built around the theme "Follow Your NOLA."

The Times-Picayune reports the pitch will roll out in its Super Bowl visitors' guide, distributed to travelers coming to New Orleans for the NFL's championship game on Feb. 3 at the Superdome.

The campaign will expand in April with advertising targeted in cities within easy flying or short driving distances.

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