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New Orleans Tourism Gushes Success Despite Oil Misperceptions

Stephen Perry, President and C.E.O. of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau


If you travel to New Orleans in search of the oil disaster, you will be happily disappointed. But if you travel to New Orleans in search of fabulous restaurants, spectacular family attractions, iconic architecture and live music, your efforts will be greatly rewarded.

August, 2010 finds New Orleans at the top of its tourism game – and 100 miles from any traces of the oil disaster in The Gulf of Mexico. Yet, The Crescent City once again finds itself reminding the world it is open for the business of travel.

More than 1,000 restaurants are currently operating in New Orleans, and they are not all steakhouses. Seafood such as shrimp, soft-shell crabs and redfish dominate the menus of the city’s top restaurants, ensuring travelers that everything they know and love about New Orleans is waiting.

Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and an Obama appointee to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, is available to speak with you about New Orleans and its thriving tourism industry. Battling both public misperception about the oil spill and the regular sluggish summer season, Mr. Perry and his staff have managed to turn 2010 into one of the best years yet for New Orleans travel.

Tourism is responsible for 30% of The City of New Orleans’ operating budget and employs 70,000 people throughout the region. For the first time in 5 years, New Orleans made Travel & Leisure’s top 10 U.S./Canadian Cities, joining New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. and others on the prestigious list.

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