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New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

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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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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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.

Jimmy Delery

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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