tourism

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.

Latest News
6:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Port On Target For 1 Million Cruise Passengers This Year

The Port of New Orleans on target for one million cruise passengers this year.

The Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines hosted a reception for the refurbished Conquest ship now on its first voyage since a major renovation. Port officials are also celebrating substantial jumps in the overall number of cruise passengers.

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Tour Buses
10:47 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Red double-decker tour bus service opens in New Orleans

The bright red open-top double-decker tour buses seen in New York, London and Paris are now headed for New Orleans.

City Sightseeing New Orleans launched its new service Wednesday with an inaugural tour of downtown with tourism and hospitality industry officials.

Emily Valentino, the company's general manager, says the buses will offer a new convenient, entertaining and informative way to experience the city with a hop-on and hop-off model.

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Tourism
1:17 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Lt. Gov. Dardenne promotes state in Dallas

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is promoting the state's assets in neighboring Texas.

Dardenne is in Dallas to promote Louisiana Culinary Trails through a partnership with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and Texas Monthly magazine. The magazine is co-hosting Thursday's event for news media and food writers at which Cajun and Creole fare will be highlighted.

In addition, Dardenne was to meet with reporters to discuss the launch of Louisiana's new retirement brand and website: www.RetireLouisianaStyle.com

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Taxicab Reforms
3:13 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Cab drivers attempt to stop taxicab reforms

New Orleans cab drivers say new city rules aimed at improving taxi service are too expensive, and they were given too little time to prepare for them. City and tourism officials say the changes are needed to improve an outdated fleet.

The rules include requirements that cabs be less than 11 years old, able to take credit cards, and have cameras and GPS units.

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