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New Orleans Tricentennial Nominations

In an effort to raise local awareness on the impact of tourism on our city's history, the NOCVB is collecting submissions of events, moments and people that have shaped New Orleans. We are asking for your help to gather hospitality milestones that have impacted New Orleans in a positive way. We will curate submissions and pitch them to the Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate for consideration in these outlet's respective tricentennial coverage. The Hospitality and Tourism industry is one of the largest employers in New Orleans and brings in $6 Billion annually in visitor spending.

The Times-Picayune is launching their campaign called "300 for 300: The People and Moments That Inspire and Connect Us." In 2017 NOLA.com and The Times- Picayune will showcase online and in print 300 events that have shaped New Orleans. The publication will promote the 300 300 people who have made New Orleans a better place in 2018.

The New Orleans Advocate will publish daily half-page stories beginning in May celebrating the 300 moments that have shaped New Orleans. Each day will focus on a unique moment.

Please fill out the form below with your suggestion for the tourism and hospitality industry moments, person or event that forever changed New Orleans before February 6. View previous submissions.

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Previous Submissions

Person, Event, or Moment Description Category
Ann Tuennerman In 2004, Ann Tuennerman vision to showcase New Orleans cocktail heritage and history has resulted in one of the world's most recognizable mixology events; Tales of the Cocktail.  Gathering over 12,000 bar enthusiasts, vendors, distillers, mixologists and volunteers, Tales of the Cocktail has expanded from its headquarters in at the historic Hotel Monteleone and now touches and benefits hundreds of other establishments, hotels, restaurants, bars and overall commerce in the city during one of the slowest months of the year. Special Events
200th Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase April 30, 2003 - 200th anniversary and reenactment of the Louisiana Purchase with ceremony in Jackson Square, including participation of French soldiers in period costumes. Special Events
Darryl Berger First French Quarter Festival and First New Year's Eve ball drop at Jax. As deveoper of the New Jax Brewery retail complex, at the heart of the French Quarter and on the Banks of the Mississippi, Darryl was acutely aware of the year long torn up French Quarter,  streets , dug up for cable lines. He originated the idea of a free festival for locals. His assistant Sandra Dartus oversaw the nascent organization. With a new emphasis on the Riverfront and the opening of Riverwalk, Darryl created a new NewYear's Eve tradition...the concert, party and ball drop. Both the event and tradition have become permanent French Quarter based celebrations! Special Events
William & Wilbur Dow In 1953, following a visit to the city by William, he and his dad discovered that the "Mighty Mississippi" was missing recognition and usage by visitors and locals alike.  The river, and the settling of the city based on its location, needed to go remove the barriers and make the riverfront a mecca for visitors.  To help recreate that image they built was is now the last steamboat on the River, the Steamboat NATCHEZ, and place it on a dock in the heart of the French Quarter.   Other
Wow Moment I was working a tourism booth at a travel show.  A couple of international visitors came to the booth and stated that they had never heard of Louisiana.  We asked if they had ever heard of New Orleans..."Oh yes, we love New Orleans."  It was an AHA moment for me that visitors consider New Orleans a state all its own. Other
Sidney Smith / Haunted History Tours HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS has become the most popular tour company in the city, featuring New Orleans as the most haunted city in America on Discovery, A&E, History Channel, and recommended by the Travel Channel as..."A Must Do!"  Haunted History Tours is the company that literally wrote the book on New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, & Vampires. Haunted History has spawned dozens of competitors offering ghost & vampire tours, but Haunted History is the only company to have had a nightly television show, "Haunted New Orleans." In a nutshell, I have created an enormous amount of interest in New Orleans being the most haunted city, which in turn has drawn many tourists, as well as media coverage to the city of New Orleans. People