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Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 02, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 4 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Open Mic Night at…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Come on down to 125 Bourbon Street and celebrate with good music, food and… more

Special Presentation…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for a  Special Presentation - "Challenging Internment"… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… 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.