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What's New in New Orleans - IPW 2017


    New Orleans was the number one U.S. city for growth in inbound foreign travel in 2015 with a 37% increase, reported from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel and Tourism Office.

    • The State of Louisiana's international inbound volume also grew substantially in 2015, an estimated 36% over 2014.
    • New Orleans welcomed 865,000 international visitors in 2015.
    • 2016 figures will be released this Summer.


    The Troubadour Hotel opened in New Orleans Central Business District in October of 2016.

    • The Troubadour, a Joie de Vivre boutique hotel. The Troubadour boasts three distinct food and beverage concepts including Monkey Board, the eclectic rooftop bar featuring panoramic views of the city, street food-inspired bites, and large-format birthday cakes; Petit Lion, the hotel's signature Parisian bistro, featuring a horseshoe-shaped bar and French-inspired dishes.

    New Orleans' latest luxury hotel will open this Summer, the NOPSI Hotel. NOPSI, which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., is in the former headquarters of the city's power and transportation company.

    • The hotel building is a nine-story, distinctive and historic landmark built in 1927 and newly reimagined.

    Four Seasons at the World Trade Center is slated to open in the Fall of 2019.

    • The property is a $375 million investment with 350 hotel rooms and approximately 70 condominiums.

    The 14-story, 225-room Virgin Hotel is expected to open in early 2019 at 550 Baronne Street in the Warehouse District.

    • The Virgin Hotel will feature 225 chambers, the brand's flagship space, the Commons Club, a rooftop pool and lounge, a gym and meeting and event spaces.


    Construction is underway on a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, slated opening in February 2019. 


    • Plans for the North Terminal Project have recently expanded to include 35 gates, a 2,200-car parking garage, a central utility plant and a ground transportation staging area.
    • The new terminal is projected to have a $3.2 billion annual economic impact on tourism in New Orleans.
    • The five-gate expansion and new opening date comes as the airport has exceeded all passenger enplanement targets and added new international airlift to Europe and South America.


    The airport served a record number of passengers in 2016: 11,139,421 passengers, representing a 4.4% increase over the prior record set in 2015 when the airport exceeded ten million passengers for the first time in its history.

    British Airways has begun nonstop service from London to New Orleans; this is the first time in 20 years that New Orleans has had a direct flight to Europe. The service, originally planned for four days per week, announced that starting October 30th, 2017, will increase to five times per week due to confidence in the flight.

    • This flight departs from London-Heathrow Airport connecting New Orleans to more than 130 destinations.


    Condor Airlines has begun a new, seasonal twice-weekly flight from Frankfurt, Germany direct to New Orleans on May 3rd through October 4th, 2017.

    • This is New Orleans' second nonstop flight to Europe since the 1980s with the British Airways flight to London launching in March, and will connect passengers from more than 120 other cities in the Eastern hemisphere to New Orleans through Condor's partner airlines. 
    • Flights depart on Wednesdays and Sundays on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 259 seats.
    • The flight is estimated to bring nearly 10,000 people to New Orleans annually.



    New Orleans is now home to 1,550 restaurants in the greater New Orleans area.

    • The restaurant options have grown in New Orleans by more than 100 since IPW 2016.


    Three New Orleans chefs and bars were recipients of 2017 James Beard Awards, including: Shaya's chef de cuisine, Zachary Engel as Rising Star Chef of the Year; Herbsaint's Rebecca Wilcomb as Best Chef: South; and Arnaud's French 75 Bar received the award for Outstanding Bar Program.

    • Wilcomb, Engel and Arnaud's French 75 Bar were among 11 New Orleans chefs, bars and restaurants named finalists for this year's James Beard Awards.



    The North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar line began service in late 2016 transporting passengers from the French Quarter to Elysian Fields Avenue.


    • The 1.6-mile long streetcar route is a part of several Regional Transit Authority (RTA) upgrades, renovations and service improvements to the bus and streetcar schedules and routes. 
    • This is the first streetcar line to run along North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue in 67 years.


    The Sazerac Company has announced plans for The Sazerac House visitor attraction and beverage alcohol museum.


    • Guests will be able to learn about the spirited history of the iconic Sazerac Cocktail, the official cocktail of New Orleans, as well as many other original New Orleans brands, along with exploring the unique role New Orleans has played in the bourbon and rum industries and in American cocktail culture.


    New Orleans City Park and the Bayou District Foundation have opened a new, 18-hole Bayou Oaks Golf Course with 46 bunkers, multiple tee locations and is a par 72 course designed to accommodate golfers from amateur to professional levels.

    The National WWII Museum has opened its new Founders Plaza to create a formal entry to Museum Grounds.


    • The plaza spans along Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp and Magazine Streets, creating an impressive entryway to the institution's grounds, safe passage for guests and a pleasant setting for visitors to rest and reflect.



    Royal Caribbean International will return to New Orleans after a three-year hiatus with the Vision of the Seas ship sailing 7-night itineraries to destinations across the Bahamas and the Yucatan Peninsula.


    • This ship will relocate to the Port of New Orleans for the 2018 winter cruise season, beginning December 15th, 2018.


    The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the American Queen and American Empress, will launch service on its new American Duchess when it sets sail from New Orleans on August 14th, 2017.


    New Orleans will celebrate its Tricentennial in 2018, with a year-long celebration of the city's rich 300-year history, but also an opportunity to shape and improve its future. Additional information and a schedule of events can be found at