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"12 Days of…

Dec 17 - 19, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

"The Victory Belles…

Dec 17 - 17, 2014
Our popular, charming vocal trio is in a holiday mood! Come jingle all the way… more

“Dirty Dancing — The…

Dec 17 - 21, 2014
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience,… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Dec 17, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 03, 2015
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christmas in the…

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 01, 2015
Celebrate the season in New Orleans' historic Warehouse District with dazzling… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 17 - 31, 2014
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 17 - 18, 2014
Local choirs and New Orleans artists herald in the season with nightly… more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Visit the festively decorated residence and courtyard of General and Mrs. L.… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Dec 17 - 17, 2014
Tommy Lofton presents "The 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the… more

NOMA & The NOLA…

Dec 17 - 21, 2014
In December, NOMA's iconic Great Hall will be transformed by The NOLA Project… more

Oak Alley…

Dec 17 - 24, 2014
Tour the historic grounds, Slavery at Oak Alley Exhibit, Civil War Exhibit and… more

The Smoothie King…

Dec 17 - 17, 2014
One of the biggest arena attractions in rock music, the Trans-Siberian… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Dec 17 - 17, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Cafe Tasseology -…

Dec 18 - 18, 2014
New Orleans, Please join us in welcoming Sacred Woman brand to the world! Made… more

Ogden After Hours…

Dec 18 - 18, 2014
Join us for Ogden After Hours featuring Roman Street. more

Tales of the Toddy

Dec 18 - 18, 2014
The holidays are upon us once again, and nothing goes better with all the good… more

The Trio featuring…

Dec 18 - 18, 2014
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Chris Severin, Nicholas… more

"The Victory Belles…

Dec 19 - 19, 2014
Our popular, charming vocal trio is in a holiday mood! Come jingle all the way… more

"12 Days of…

Dec 17 - 19, 2014
There's holiday fun for the whole family in the historic Warehouse District… more

New Orleans CVB Launches 2013 Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown and COOLinary Summer Campaigns to Support Local Merchants

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New Orleans CVB Launches 2013 Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown and COOLinary Summer Campaigns to Support Local Merchants

Instagram contest encourages locals to capture and share scenes of New Orleans for staycation prizes

 

NEW ORLEANS - July 25, 2013 - The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) invites New Orleans residents to support the tourism industry through their 2013 Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown and COOLinary New Orleans campaigns. Despite record-breaking visitor numbers and spending in recent years and a spectacular 2013 which included Super Bowl XLVII, the tourism industry experiences a slower period during August and September. Be a Tourist and COOLinary restaurant month encourages locals to experience their hometown through the eyes of visitors while supporting the businesses that have made New Orleans one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.  

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown (August 1-September 30) collects and promotes summer specials on meals, attractions, hotels and more through www.touristathome.com. Returning to the program this year is the Be a Tourist Instagram contest, where followers of the CVB's Instagram account (@NewOrleansCVB) are prompted to submit a photo pertaining to a weekly theme using the hashtag #BeATouristNOLA, giving them a chance to win a staycation grand prize package. Weekly winners will be chosen on Mondays, with the grand prize staycation winner announced in October. Locals can visit www.touristathome.com/instagram-contest for a complete listing of the official rules.

The Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown campaign also coincides with COOLinary restaurant month which offers special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and three-course dinner menus for $35 or less, August 1-31, 2013, at more than 50 premiere restaurants across the city. For more information on how you can participate in COOLinary, visit www.coolinaryneworleans.com.

Summer offers a great opportunity for locals to enjoy the city known as the festival capital of the country. Notable events include Satchmo SummerFest (August 2-4), Whitney White Linen Night (August 2), Dirty Linen Night (August 10) and Southern Decadence (August 28-September 2). 

"New Orleans is recognized around the world as a premiere destination, and the summer months are a great time for New Orleanians to experience the same hospitality that we deliver to our visitors," said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans CVB. "Be a Tourist gives locals the chance to directly support the hospitality industry professionals that make our hometown so special while reconnecting with the scents, sounds and sights of the Big Easy."

Tourism is a $6 billion industry for New Orleans, employing 75,000 people and attracting more than nine million visitors annually.  New Orleans' largest industry is committed to a smart growth strategy, with a goal of reaching 13.7 million visitors and $11 billion in visitor spending and the creation of 30,000 jobs by 2018, the city's tricentennial. Tourism also generates critical funding for schools, streetcars and city services as well as the New Orleans Saints, Pelicans, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Without the revenue from hospitality, every family in Louisiana would pay more than $500 in additional tax dollars each year.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Toronto. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates its 53rd anniversary in 2013. For more information, please visit www.neworleanscvb.com, www.facebook.com/neworleanscvb and www.twitter.com/neworleans.

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