New Orleans’ tourism industry is thriving. Airlines are adding
new flights to Louis Armstrong International Airport; the city has
one of the freshest hotel products in the country; the French Quarter
is cleaner than it has been in decades and we continue to receive
extremely positive testimonials from visitors. Major corporations
such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Southwest Airlines and others are
investing in New Orleans’ hospitality industry; new restaurants
are opening; and festivals are enjoying record-breaking attendance.
Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans
holiday activites, runs through December and culminates in New Year’s
Eve festivities. Kicking off the New Year, the University of Georgia
Bulldogs will take on the University of Hawaii Warriors in the Allstate
Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2008. The following week, the Louisiana State
University Tigers and the Ohio State University Buckeyes will meet
for the Allstate BCS National Championship, January 7, 2008. The
Allstate Sugar Bowl is expected to have an economic impact of $150
million and the Allstate BCS National Championship is expected to
have an economic impact of $250 million.
Mardi Gras festivities will begin January 25, 2007 and conclude on
Fat Tuesday, February 5, 2008. In 2007, Mardi Gras saw crowds reaching
800,000 people. On February 17, 2008, New Orleans will host the 57th
NBA All Star Game, with a projected economic impact of $80-90 million.
The time to visit is now