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28th Annual…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Join us for the 28th Annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras. Presented by the Krewe of… more

Abita Springs Opry at…

Aug 23 - 30, 2014
Two bands - Three Hours - Five Saturdays First band plays approx 12 noon… more

Abita Springs Opry in…

Aug 23 - 30, 2014
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Blazin10 Presents A…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Join us for a Trunk Show Featuring Kano Branon - (Designer & Stylist of… more

Brewsiana - Craft…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Cheers to the best of South Louisianas brews, bands, and bites. BREWS: 21… more

Champions Square…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Jake Owen is coming to Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square  for his… more

COOLinary New…

Aug 23 - 31, 2014
It is going to be a delicious summer!  Throughout the whole month of… more

Crescent City Lights…

Aug 23 - 24, 2014
The Crescent City Lights Youth Theater summer season (in partnership with… more

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash unite as "three… more

Filthy Linen Night

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Come down and Support Frenchmen Art and Businessfor Filthy Linen Night! This… more

Free Kinder Garden at…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

HOUSE OF BLUES HOSTS…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
House of Blues New Orleans announces the 1st annual Brewsiana - Craft Beer and… more

Mark of the Feminine

Aug 23 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Production Assistant…

Aug 23 - 24, 2014
PA Bootcamp is back. NOVAC along with the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy,… more

Swingin' at the…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
A sizzling new show by The National WWII Museum's own Victory Big Band!… more

The Color Run

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Get ready, 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour is headed to New Orleans. The Color Run, also… more

True Colors Exhibition

Aug 23 - 29, 2014
This exhibition aims to represent people of all sexualities, genders, races and… more

Adults/Swim Rooftop…

Aug 24 - 24, 2014
Summer is winding down and Adults/Swim is going out with a bang with the last… more

Kirk Franklin…

Aug 24 - 24, 2014
Celebrate Sunday morning with brunch featuring the explosive energy of live… more

Strut + Swim Poolside…

Aug 24 - 24, 2014
Fashion Week New Orleans presents the last Strut + Swim fashion show of the… more

28th Annual…

Aug 23 - 23, 2014
Join us for the 28th Annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras. Presented by the Krewe of… more

New Orleans Tourism Industry Thrives:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                 New Orleans Tourism Industry Thrives:
          
             An international city-wide meeting, a major convention and an annual festival
            generate nearly $40 million in economic impact for the city of New Orleans in just one week

May 19, 2011 - Kicking off this weekend, New Orleans welcomes the American Society of Microbiology’s (ASM) 111th General Meeting and the Rotary International Convention, as well as the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE). Between Saturday and May 29, more than 36,000 convention and leisure visitors will convene in the city of New Orleans, utilizing 48 hotels around the city and generating nearly $40 million in economic impact.

Just this week, ASM has an expected attendance of 9,000; Rotary is bringing in more than 19,000 attendees from more than 160 countries; and historically, NOWFE welcomes nearly 8,000 festival-goers every year. This week’s events not only support tourism, and the 70,000 hospitality workers employed in the city, but also contribute to the overall economic impact responsible for generating $5 billion in direct visitor spending every year, funding nearly 30 percent of the city’s annual operating budget maintaining the public school system, streetcar system and other city services, and financially backs the New Orleans Saints, Hornets, Superdome and Morial Convention Center.

New Orleans is a perfect backdrop to join together two large conventions and a well-known festival, combining leisure travelers and convention attendees in a city known for its internationality, hospitality and culture of giving. Rotary focuses on humanitarian and educational projects worldwide, including ongoing recovery efforts in the Gulf Region. Microbiologists contribute expertise of nature and generosity as they work with Bayou Rebirth on the cultivation of Neighborhood Nurseries. And, NOWFE gathers the finest wine and food connoisseurs around and educates a Creole city already known for its exceptional cuisine and specialized spirits.

Here are just some of the events going on next week:

American Society for Microbiology - May 21-24: ASM's 111th General Meeting, with an expected attendance of 9,000 attendees, will feature more than 3,000 individual scientific presentations spanning the breadth of microbiology. ASM has teamed up with Bayou Rebirth, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to restore and preserve ecological communities in Southern Louisiana, and will build Neighborhood Nurseries. ASM will sponsor their very own nursery, or rain water harvesting system, and will explain and display the progress and future of the Neighborhood Nurseries at the Community booth in Exhibit hall A-C at the Morial Convention Center.

WEBSITE: http://gm.asm.org/

Rotary International - May 21-25: The 2011 RI Convention, with more than 19,000 attendees from 160+ countries, is expected to inject $22 million into the local economy and many Rotarians will participate in local community service projects with groups such as Habitat for Humanity and the United Saints Recovery Project. Also, in an effort to raise money and awareness for Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio, more than 100 motorcyclists from across the country will ride into New Orleans arriving at the Morial Convention Center for a photo opportunity at approximately 11:30 a.m. Also supporting Rotary’s ongoing effort to raise $200 million for polio eradication is this year’s keynote speaker Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who will speak at the Plenary Session on Tuesday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Halls E-F at the Morial Convention Center.

WEBSITE: http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/Events/Convention/Pages/ridefault.aspx

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience - May 24-29: NOWFE is a five day event in New Orleans that is nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind and brings in more than 8,000 attendees. Started in 1991, NOWFE spotlights New Orleans’ legendary restaurants and features more than 175 wineries, 1,000 wines, dozens of international wine and food experts and continually raises more than $100,000 annually for local charities. The event is packed with extraordinary wine and food seminars, wine dinners at some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and one-of-a-kind wine tasting events. On Tuesday, May 24, the Ella Brennan Award Dinner honoring Chef Paul Prudhomme takes place at the JW Marriott ile de France Grand Ballroom. On Thursday, May 26, the Vinola Tasting featuring 40 wineries will take place at the Theatre at Harrah’s Casino from 2-5 p.m., and the Fourth Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-off will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 5-8:45 p.m. at the Foundry.

WEBSITE: http://www.nowfe.com/

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Rotary International: Wayne Hearn, cell: 714.412.4388, Wayne.Hearn@rotary.org; Vivian Fiore, cell: 714.240.0482, Vivian.Fiore@rotary.org; Ann Christian, 504.232.6361, christian39@cox.net; RI Convention press center, 504-670-7010
ASM: Jim Sliwa, 301-873-3129, jsliwa@asmusa.org; Garth Hogan, 301-814-0984, ghogan@asmusa.org
NOWFE: Liz Goliwas, 504-583-5550, egoliwas@bellsouth.net
New Orleans CVB: Tara Letort, 504-566-5019, tletort@neworleanscvb.com; Jennifer Day, 773-909-2514, jday@neworleanscvb.com; Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962, kschulz@neworleanscvb.com

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