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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

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

Special Presentation…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for a  Special Presentation - "Challenging Internment"… more

The Trio featuring…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Roland Guerin, John Gros. more

17th Annual Save Our…

Sep 5 - 6, 2014
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is gearing up for its 17th Annual Save Our… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

New Orleans Named America’s Top Halloween Destination by Travelocity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Rob Wilbanks, NOCVB, 504-566-5019, rwilbanks@neworleanscvb.com
Lea Sinclair, NOTMC, 504-491-5330, lea@notmc.com

NEW ORLEANS - October 28, 2013 - New Orleans has racked up more national honors, including being named the number one destination in America for celebrating Halloween by Travelocity. America's most haunted city also received top honors for its culture, restaurants and dining from readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur and USA Today.

  • This month, Travelocity's travel experts named New Orleans as the Top National Halloween Destination. The travel outlet mentions New Orleans' ghost tours, elaborate costume balls, Krewe of Boo and haunted hotels as reasons why New Orleans is the top destination in the world for Halloween.
  • Condé Nast Traveler placed New Orleans on its highly coveted Top 10 Cities in the United States Readers' Choice Awards, receiving the highest marks for culture, atmosphere and restaurants. Condé Nast Traveler readers call New Orleans "a magical city" and say it has "the best food in the U.S., with live music around every corner." Nearly 80,000 readers of Condé Nast Traveler took part in the survey for this year's Readers' Choice Awards, more than ever before, and results will be printed in their November 2013 issue.
  • Saveur magazine named New Orleans as the Reader's Choice for Restaurants and Dining and gave the city Outstanding Mention for Cocktails and Drinks Culture in this year's Culinary Travel Awards 2013. Also, the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans made the Outstanding Hotel Bars list. A poll open to all Saveur and Saveur.com readers determined the honorees for Readers' Choice and Outstanding Mention and results were announced this month.
  • Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarter has been named one of the "Iconic American Streets" by 10Best Readers' Choice, a division of USA Today Travel.  Often a favorite of visitors, Bourbon Street's jazz, nightlife, architecture and French Creole cuisine were highlighted by 10Best.

"Once again, New Orleans is setting standards within the tourism industry," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "We thank the readers of these prominent media outlets, who know what we know...that New Orleans is the best city in America to visit and live."

"A trip to New Orleans is always an exciting and rewarding adventure," said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. "We are honored to be on ‘Condé Nast Traveler's Top Ten Cities' list, and thank its readers for their confidence. Additionally, as a city where many famous cocktails have been created, we hope when you travel here you'll check out the Sazerac Bar, listed in Saveur's  restaurants and dining category in its ‘Readers' Choice awards."

"These awards are true reflections of how our chefs, mixologists and entire hospitality industry not only work hard every day to preserve the rich history and culture that New Orleans has been known and loved by visitors for centuries, but continue to evolve their masterpieces for the modern traveler, and keep our destination a place that visitors want to return often," said Stephen Perry, New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau President and CEO.

As a popular destination for holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year's Eve, and for special events such as Voodoo Music + Art Experience and Bayou Classic, New Orleans looks forward to welcoming visitors in the upcoming months. Promotions such as Christmas New Orleans Style invite visitors to experience the holidays in this historic and culturally rich city with hotel deals, reveillon dinners and holiday events.

In addition, according to the New Orleans CVB, convention business in the fall of 2013 is up nearly 60 percent compared to the same time last year. Hosting major medical conventions such as American Dental Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Hematology further boosts visitor numbers for 2013.

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, Phoenix and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates its 53nd anniversary in 2013. For more information, please visit www.neworleanscvb.com; www.facebook.com/neworleanscvb; www.twitter.com/neworleans.

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) promotes the city as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year. Annually, NOTMC's marketing campaigns include strategic print, broadcast, and Internet advertising and public relations. Websites: NewOrleansOnline.com; NewOrleansMuseums.com; GoNOLA.com; RadioFreeNewOrleans.com. Social Media: Facebook.com/NewOrleansOnline; Twitter.com/visitneworleans; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/gonolatv.
 

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