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Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 1 - 8, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 1 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Preservation Jazz…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Live New Orleans Jazz nightly! more

Southern Decadence…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

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
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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

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

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

Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! 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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Rob Wilbanks or Sarah Forman

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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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