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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

Hundreds from New Orleans’ Hospitality Workforce Take to Streets to Send Message

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2011

Hundreds from New Orleans’ Hospitality Workforce Take to Streets to Send Message to Local, State and Federal Leaders of Travel’s Impact on Local Employment and EconomyNew Orleans CVB to lead rally, parade and press conference to celebrate city’s largest industry for
National Travel and Tourism Week

WHAT: To mark National Travel and Tourism Week, New Orleans is one of 50 cities across the nation to rally on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in support of the quiet giant of commerce, tourism, which supports 10 million workers nationwide. Uniformed front line hospitality workers, musicians, festival organizers, restaurateurs, representative of the New Orleans Hornets, hoteliers, chefs, elected officials and more will take to Canal Street for a Mardi Gras-style parade to illustrate the diversity of the 70,000 local citizens employed by our tourism industry and to celebrate the $5 billion per year economic impact from which tax revenues account for one-third of the City of New Orleans’ operating budget.

WHO: Hospitality workers, uniformed front line staff, New Orleans Hornets representatives, restaurateurs, retailers, musicians, hoteliers, festival organizers, three bands, floats from Mardi Gras World, elected officials and leaders of our local tourism industry: Area Managing Director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Chairman of the CVB Board Bill McCreary, President/CEO of the Audubon Institute Ron Forman, Vice President of the City Council Arnie Fielkow, Councilwoman District C Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Councilman District E Jon Johnson, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Irvin Mayfield and President/CEO of the New Orleans CVB Stephen Perry.

Participants will be available for one-on-one interviews regarding hospitality-related topics such as overcoming the BP oil spill, rising gas prices and travel, and achieving 8.3 million visitors in 2010 which generated $5.3 billion in spendingthe most ever in city history.

WHERE: Rally will begin on Canal Street at Bourbon Street and parade to the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza for a press conference. Media may check in at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel beginning at 8:30 a.m., 739 Canal at Bourbon.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 9 a.m.10 a.m. CST
Participants will gather beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel (739 Canal)
Parade and rally will commence at 9 a.m.
Press conference will begin roughly at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza

DETAILS: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, is being declared Tourism Matters Day in support of National Travel and Tourism Week. Hundreds from the local hospitality industry workforce will converge on Canal Street for a Mardi Gras-style parade, rally and press conference to communicate the power and importance of the tourism industry to our local, state and federal leaders in a visual and vocal way. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

WEBSITES:
New Orleans CVB: www.neworleanscvb.com
U.S. Travel Association: www.ustravel.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jennifer Day, 773-909-2514, jday@neworleanscvb.com
Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962, kschulz@neworleanscvb.com

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