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41st Annual Holiday…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
Preservation Resource Center invites you to tour eight private historic homes… more

Art is the Driving…

Dec 11 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Audubon Zoo Hosts…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
Audubon Zoo will host "Jungle Bells,'' a festive holiday party on the… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 11, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Chakula cha Jua…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
What Could Happen Next? Is a two-act comedy play that the entire family can… more

Christmas in The…

Dec 11 - 31, 2016
Christmas in the Crevasse is now open featuring hayrides on 5 acres of farm… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 11 - 31, 2016
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly presents the free Christmas New… more

Deanie’s Holiday Kids…

Dec 11 - 18, 2016
Join us for the fourth annual Deanie's Seafood's Holiday Kids Sing-Along… more

Festival of the…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
Enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, Santa's Very Merry Forest and… more

Gallery Talk for…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
exhibition dates: December 10 - January 6, 2017 gallery talk: Sunday, Dec 11th,… more

Historic New Orleans…

Dec 11, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 11 - 31, 2016
Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will… more

Jefferson Performance…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) is a fast paced, hysterical, whimsical… more

Joe Krown Trio +…

Dec 11 - 18, 2016
Join us for the  Joe Krown Trio  plus Seither's Seafood Crawfish Boil. more

Jonathan Weiss Dark…

Dec 11 - 31, 2016
Tour company Jonathan Weiss Tours will donate 15% of proceeds during the month… more

Magazine St. Holiday…

Dec 11 - 18, 2016
Dat Dog’s Magazine Street location will also transform during the first… more

Mama's Music

Dec 11, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Marche Créole

Dec 11, 2016
Marche Créole is an exciting new market selling fresh farm to table… more

Miracle on Fulton…

Dec 11 - 24, 2016
NOV 22 – DEC 24 Hourly Snowfall 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Gingerbread… more

41st Annual Holiday…

Dec 11 - 11, 2016
Preservation Resource Center invites you to tour eight private historic homes… more

A Message from Stephen Perry: Travel Promotion Act Passes

Breaking News from Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans CVB - February 26, 2010

Media contact: Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962, kschulz@neworleanscvb.com 

We have great news to share about a major victory, which is the first step to regenerating international travel to New Orleans. Last night the U.S. Senate passed the Travel Promotion Act and the bill is going to President Obama for signature into law in the coming days.

This historic vote, which gained final passage by a bipartisan vote of 78 to 18 in the Senate, will help the United States welcome millions of new international visitors and create thousands of American jobs. The Travel Promotion Act establishes a multi-million dollar, public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and better explain travel security policies to foreign travelers.

As a member of the U.S. Travel Association’s Executive Committee, I can assure you that we lobbied for this important legislation for quite some time. The passage of the Travel Promotion Act is a tremendous victory for New Orleans and the entire travel industry.

Louisiana is fortunate to have a Congressional Delegation whose members understand the power of tourism. On behalf of New Orleans’ entire hospitality industry, I would like to recognize and express our deep gratitude to Senator Landrieu and Senator Vitter for their vote on the Travel Promotion Act in the Senate, as well as members of the House of Representatives for their vote in October 2009: Congressman Alexander, Congressman Boustany, Congressman Cao, Congressman Cassidy, Congressman Fleming, Congressman Melancon and Congressman Scalise.

According to independent analysis by Oxford Economics, the program could attract 1.6 million additional visitors from other countries and create more than $4 billion in consumer spending annually. For New Orleans, that means an increased market share of international visitors, which leads to more jobs, and a boost to the city’s most important economic engine.

Historically, ten percent of all visitors to New Orleans were from outside of the United States. While our level of annual visitors has increased year-over-year since Katrina, from 3.7 million visitors in 2006 to 7.6 million in 2008, it has been a challenge to achieve pre-Katrina levels of international visitors for several reasons.

The Travel Promotion Act will allow us to accelerate our aggressive sales, marketing and public relations internationally with our offices in the UK, Germany, Mexico and France. We also will pursue co-operative agreements with other CVBs around the country, particularly the Southern region, to encourage international travelers to visit multiple cities and states once they arrive in the U.S. The opportunities are endless.

The New Orleans CVB will keep you posted on the next steps. Following enactment, the U.S. Travel Association will provide a complete toolkit of resources on the implementation of the Travel Promotion Act. In the meantime, for more information, please visit www.poweroftravel.org or www.ustravel.org.

Stephen Perry
President and CEO, New Orleans CVB
Executive Committee Member, U.S. Travel Association