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National Tourism Week 2015

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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 80,000 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 Bar


An initiative to educate our community on the economic and cultural importance of the traveler economy.more

National Travel Rally

More than 70 destinations nationwide participate in Travel Rally Day. See highlights from events in New Orleans and across the country.more

Power of Tourism

New Orleans welcomed 9.52 million visitors in 2014 and record-breaking visitor spending of $6.81 billion.more




National Travel and Tourism Week Rally
Monday, May 4, 2015
10:00 a.m.
House of Blues

Press conference immediately following the rally, at 10:30 a.m.

Thousands of front-line hospitality employees, tourism leaders and elected officials will gather at the House of Blues 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 brass bands, entertainment, food and much more.

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. Lunch provided.

Click here to register to attend.



National Travel and Tourism Business Expo and Luncheon
Monday, May 4, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Napoleon Ballroom at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Click here to register and purchase tickets.

Parking is available at the Sheraton for $10 (up to 9 hours). If you are attending both the rally and the luncheon, you may park at the Sheraton.

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GiveNOLA Day
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
12:00:01 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m.

Donate from your desk! We encourage individuals to make online donations to participating CVB nonprofit members. All donations made on May 5th gives your favorite nonprofit the opportunity to earn lagniappe dollars, awards and hourly prizes.

Click here to see the list of CVB members participating and visit GiveNOLA Day to learn more about the campaign.

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Kongo Across the Waters Exhibit and Reception
Tuesday, May 6, 2015
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
New Orleans Museum of Art

The CVB invites members (plus one guest) to come and view this exhibition, which explores connections between the art and culture of the Kongo peoples of western Central Africa and African American art and culture in the United States.

Complimentary admission. Food and beverages available for purchase. 



Wednesday at the Square
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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 6. Enjoy live music from Earphunk and Meschiya Lake and mingle with CVB staff and other concert attendees. Look for the CVB sign on the back of our tent as well as our NEW ORLEANS WILL wall!

Free and Open to the Public. Lite fare and beverages will be provided.

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City Council Proclamation
Thursday, May 7
10:00 a.m.
City Council Chamber

City Council will officially declare this week as National Travel and Tourism Week. Come out to the City Council Chamber and show your support for the hospitality industry!

Free and Open to the Public. 


Jazz in the Park
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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 Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tank and the Bangas at this weekly free event.

Free and Open to the Public. Lite fare and beverages will be provided. Enjoy beverages courtesy of Celebration Distillation.