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25th Annual New…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Film Festival- Louisiana's only industry-recognized film… more

31st Annual Halloween…

Oct 23 - 26, 2014
Join us for the 31st annual Halloween New Orleans, a weekend-long LGBT… more

Greater Baton Rouge…

Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2014
Carnival rides, food, music, kids' activities, animal shows, games, exhibits. more

Henry Turner Jr. &…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
The hometown favorites are well known for their style of music that encompasses… more

Jazz in the Park

Oct 23 - 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Jazz in the Park…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Loyola Jazz…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
 The legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones is known to music lovers as the… more

Preview Reception:…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014

Sacred to the Memory…

Oct 23 - Nov 17, 2014
Showcasing both the historic Hermann-Grima House museum and St. Louis Cemetery… more

Southern Rep presents…

Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2014
In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale… more

THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC…

Oct 23 - 30, 2014
This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in… more

The Mysterious…

Oct 23 - Nov 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

The Trio feat. Johnny…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
Join us for The Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich & special guests. … more

The Victory Belles…

Oct 23 - Nov 19, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Oct 23, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
Cristina, in addition to performing with her band, has contributed her vocals… more

Tricks... Treats...…

Oct 23 - Nov 8, 2014
Kids won't want to miss this strange tour when we pull away the mask and see… more

"Mysterious…

Oct 24 - 24, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

American Fanfare

Oct 24 - 24, 2014
Guest conductor Jo Ann Falletta leads the LPO in an all-American program… more

Boo at the Zoo…

Oct 24 - 25, 2014
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan… more

25th Annual New…

Oct 23 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Film Festival- Louisiana's only industry-recognized film… more

Top Tourism Executives from New Orleans and Indianapolis Wager on Super Bowl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Kelly Schulz
New Orleans CVB
kschulz@neworleanscvb.com
504-566-5019

Chris Gahl
Indianapolis CVA
cgahl@visitindy.com
317-684-2473

Top Tourism Executives from New Orleans and Indianapolis Wager on Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS AND NEW ORLEANS – January 29, 2010 - Building off a food wager by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (Indy shrimp cocktail and Mardi Gras king cakes and New Orleans music CDs), the top tourism executives from each city are now making a friendly Super Bowl bet.

Stephen Perry, president of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Don Welsh, president of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, have agreed to wager opposing football jerseys.

If the Indianapolis Colts win, Perry will receive a Peyton Manning jersey. If the New Orleans’ Saints win, Welsh will receive a Drew Brees jersey. The loser will have to wear the opposing team’s jersey to the office when they return from the Super Bowl.

“The Indianapolis Colts making the Super Bowl again has generated invaluable exposure for our City and our rich tourism product. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with my counterpart in New Orleans,” said Don Welsh.

The New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl for the first time in the team’s four-decade history. Stephen Perry said, “this team symbolizes the energy, spirit and pride of New Orleans, which makes the city a wonderful place to live, work and visit. It will be fun for Don and I to watch Indianapolis Colts quarterback and New Orleans native son Peyton Manning match up against the Saints’ Drew Brees.”

Industry leaders, Welsh and Perry have known each other for nearly a decade.

Tourism is the most important industry in New Orleans, employing nearly 70,000 people and creating billions of dollars in annual economic impact. For information on the New Orleans Saints historic season and its impact on the tourism industry, please visit www.neworleanscvb.com/superbowlsaints.