tourism

Louisiana Peach Festival
11:23 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Peach fest impact grows

RUSTON — The 2012 Louisiana Peach Festival pumped a record of about $5.3 million into the Lincoln Parish economy, according to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkX2jt) the economic impact estimate tops the previous high of $4.6 million set in 2006.

Figures released by the chamber, which produces the festival, show attendance rose to 19,837, a slight increase over 2011.

Business Image
12:17 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Business group seeks to update New Orleans' image

The president of a business organization in New Orleans says the group is focusing on changing the image the city presents to businesses that are thinking about relocating or expanding.

Rodrick Miller, president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, told a luncheon Wednesday that many people often associate New Orleans with Bourbon Street, jazz and its port. But Miller said they don't think about the new things coming to the city like the film industry and technology companies.

Harbor Town Casino
10:16 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Revised Plan Ready for New Gulfport Casino

GULFPORT, Miss. — Developers of Gulfport's waterfront Harbor Town Casino say they will present new plans to the Mississippi Gaming Commission on July 19. Rotate Black CEO John Paulsen tells the Sun Herald the plan increases the investment from $87 million to $100 million. He says developers will bring in a four-star hotel with an upscale swimming pool area and cabanas.

New Orleans Hotels
10:12 am
Mon June 4, 2012

New Orleans Hotel Rates Increase

New Orleans hotel operators say occupancy is the highest in more than a decade. They credit refurbished hotels, a jam-packed calendar and continued recovery from the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Room rates are up, too. The Times-Picayune reports that Smith Travel Research quotes the city's average daily hotel rate at $154 — the highest since February 2002, when it averaged $159.40 a night.

Rates through April of this year averaged $148.61. That's 12.6 percent better than same four months last year.

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WWII Museum
9:28 am
Tue May 1, 2012

WWII Museum Expects 3 Millionth Visitor

The World War II Museum, which opened June 6, 2000, expects its three millionth visitor to arrive sometime Tuesday.

The museum has been experiencing record-setting attendance. Last month, it had a total of 44,807 visitors — the most ever in a one-month period — and over 1,000 more than its previous record month in March 2010.

Based on current visitor total and visitation trends, the museum will expect the three millionth visitor around midmorning.

A presentation ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT.

 

Ecotourism Guide
11:51 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Guides Highlighting La.'s Ecotourism Now Out

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guides touting Louisiana as an ecotourism destination are now on the racks of tourism centers, according to the America's Wetland campaign, a group highlighting coastal wetlands loss.

America's Wetland says the Travel Green Wetland Tour guides take travelers on four routes — through the coastal prairies of southwest Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin, the bayou country of southeast Louisiana and around the Mississippi River region of New Orleans and the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

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Mardi Gras
4:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Officials Examine Attendance Numbers For This Year's Mardi Gras

New Orleans officials will be crunching numbers to determine the success of the 2012 Mardi Gras. Some early indications are promising.

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All Things New Orleans
3:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

New Orleans Tourism, Bassist Tony Kishman

Mark Romig focuses on the many upcoming tourism activities slated fro this year, Jack Hopke profiles a local choral music group, and bassist Tony Kishman jams with the LPO.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:12 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

NOTMC CEO Mark Romig

Mark Romig, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

This week on Notes from New Orleans, a weekly peek inside the unique life and culture of our region, Sharon Litwin focuses on the many upcoming tourism activities slated for 2012.

To read a related article, vist Nolavie.com.

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