National Tourism Week 2014

National Travel and Tourism Week is a tradition celebrated annually since 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Reagan even signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with ceremonies and activities in their communities.

Every year in mid-May, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with our major tourism partners, join cities across the United States to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week and the industry that employs more than 78,000 locals and brings $6 billion to our city annually. We expect approximately 700 people to attend the luncheon and we have an exciting program planned. To learn more about National Tourism Week, click here



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New Orleans Will Give Back - Community Service Project
Monday, May 5, 2014
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Armstrong Park
In honor of National Tourism Week, it's time for the New Orleans hospitality industry to give back to our city. Join your colleagues at Armstrong Park for this inaugural beautification project that provides a lasting symbol for visitors and locals to enjoy for years to come. More details to come. Limited space available. Click here to sign up and receive more information. Free and Open to the Public.


National Travel and Tourism Week Rally
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Piazza d'Italia on Poydras Street, adjacent to the Loews Hotel
Press conference immediately following the parade, at approximately 10:15 a.m. at club XLIV at Champions Square
Thousands of front-line hospitality employees, tourism leaders and elected officials will march through the Central Business District for our Fifth Annual Travel Rally Parade. This event is our opportunity to show New Orleanians, the media and the nation what NEW ORLEANS WILL do for tourism! We plan to have the largest and most vibrant rally of any city in the nation, complete with a Mardi Gras-style parade featuring marching bands, mini-floats, stilt walkers and much more.

The parade is free and open to the public. We will meet at the Piazza d'Italia on Poydras Street, adjacent to the Loews Hotel, beginning at 9 a.m. to prepare for our parade down Poydras Street, through Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and end with a press conference at club XLIV. The parade will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Click Here and let us know how many of your employees will participate and click Here for a flyer to distribute to your employees and guests, encouraging them to march in the parade. Everyone is welcome! We encourage you to wear your company uniform or logo and bring signs, banners, umbrellas and flags to help promote your organization on camera. Free and Open to the Public.

luncheon                                                             National Travel and Tourism Week Business Expo and Luncheon
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
New Orleans Marriott
Grand Ballroom - 3rd Floor
555 Canal Street
Business Expo: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lunch: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Discounted special event daily parking rate of $10, based on availability.
Click here to register and purchase tickets.

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Stefan Pollack, author of Disrupted, From Gen Y to iGen: Communicating with the Next Generation, is a respected PR professional and author. His recent book focuses on the iGen generation, the generation born between 1994 and 2004 (often called Gen Z). In just a few short years, iGen will be joining Gen Y as a majority among digital natives. Their existing consumer behavior represents the upcoming mainstream environment. He will share insight into the importance of communicating with the next generation of travelers.


Wednesday at the Square
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lafayette Square
Continue celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with us as we host a CVB tent during YLC's Wednesday at the Square on Wednesday, May 7. Prize packages will be up for grabs! Enjoy live music from The Iguanas and mingle with CVB staff and other concert attendees. Look for the CVB sign on the back of our tent as well as a fleur de lis flag!
Enjoy tasty treats courtesy of FroYo and The Elms Mansion, and enter to win prizes from the Loews New Orleans Hotel, Dirty Coast, French Quartour Kids and Longue Vue Gardens. Free and Open to the Public.


Jazz in the Park
Thursday, May 8, 2014
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Armstrong Park
Wrap up National Travel and Tourism Week with a bang! Join the CVB at Armstrong Park for People United for Armstrong Park's Jazz in the Park. Dance to Rockin Doopsie and James Andrews at this weekly free event.
Enjoy sangria courtesy of Victory Bar New Orleans, and enter to win prizes from the Civic Theatre, Tony Moran's Restaurant, French Quartour Kids and Longue Vue Gardens. Free and Open to the Public.