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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 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.

Business & Technology
2:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

City marketing group picks New York agency

Local advertising agencies that held the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. contract for more than a decade failed to win a new deal with the tourism promotion organization.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/Q6WU9Z) the work will go to a New York company.

The marketing corporation's board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Dentsu America as its advertising agency of record. Dentsu will work with a local company, Spears Consulting Group.

Spirit Airlines
5:50 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Spirit Airlines to start service to New Orleans

Spirit Airlines is starting service to New Orleans, offering daily non-stop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

New Orleans International says the low-cost carrier plans to start the flights on Jan. 24 with either a 145-seat Airbus A319 or 178-seat Airbus A320.

The planned flight schedule calls for one round trip between New Orleans and Dallas daily.

Terrebonne Parish Rebranding
11:31 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Terrebonne Parish to present new logo, slogan

Terrebonne Parish is keeping a tight wrap on the new logo and slogan it plans to unveil Thursday, but the director of the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center says they won't be surprising.

Janel Ricca tells The Courier that's because the new rebranding reinforces the parish's natural identity.

In Ricca's words, "It's going to be obvious, but it should be because it is authentic."

The new brand was created with part of the parish's $2.1 million share of $78 million that BP PLC gave Louisiana for tourism after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

All Things New Orleans
11:09 am
Mon July 16, 2012

French Quarter a vacation dream for Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama says she's been to New Orleans many times but never seen the French Quarter. She told CBS's Charlie Rose that the Quarter is on her vacation dream list.

In an interview aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning," Rose asked President Barack Obama and the first lady where they'd like to go on summer vacation.

The president said his wife told him she'd love to travel more in India.

Europe
6:22 am
Sun July 15, 2012

German Town Separates Parking Spots By Gender

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 10:11 am

A small town in southwest German has designated two parking spaces, "men only." They're two of the town's trickiest places to park. The mayor's response, guest host David Greene reports, is that it will attract tourists.

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