Archive for December, 2006

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Small Businesses in New Orleans Still Feeling the Pain of Slow Tourism Return

28 December 2006

It is unfortunate that more than 15 months after Katrina, tourism is still way down and small businesses are suffering. Despite pubilicity that a number of conventions returned this fall to the area, the truth is that small businesses rely on the leisure traveler much more than the convention attendee. According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, […]

We are having a “Mardi Gras” themed birthday party; are there streets of the parade route that we can use to “name our five tables?”- Doris from Orange, California

27 December 2006

Sounds like fun. The parade route’s main streets are St. Charles and Canal. So it might be better to go with sections of the city that the parades pass through since you have five tables to label.  This year, in 2007, there will be one New Orleans City route beginning in Uptown. The parade continues […]

Upperline Restaurant-Continues its post-Katrina drive for excellence and hits the mark

23 December 2006

We made reservations for a lovely couple from New York at the Upperline last night. She just retired from years as a modern dancer in a well-known dance company. Both are well traveled, she especially, since most of her performance tours were in Europe. And they live in the city (NY,NY). I suggested that they […]

Finally, some good tourism news for New Orleans!

22 December 2006

Today’s Times Picayune had a featured article on what has to be a “step in the right direction” for our city. Orbitz, the online booking company named New Orleans one of seven travel “hot spots” for 2007 and Travel+Leisure magazine listed the city as a top destination in its January edition. Orbitz criteria for the selected cities […]

What is your favorite place to go for New Year’s celebration? What would you recommend to an out-of-towner coming to New Orleans for the New Year? -Glenwood Springs

20 December 2006

New Orleans is a great place for New Year’s. I would probably suggest an early dinner at one of our well-known restaurants that serve a full course dinner. Commander’s Palace, Arnaud’s, K-Pauls Louisiana Kitchen, Broussards, Stella or Dickie Brennan’s Steak House just to name a few of our 722 restaurants now open since Katrina (almost […]

Streetcars Return to St. Charles Avenue

20 December 2006

It was a very exciting time for locals and tourists alike. The famed streetcars on St. Charles Avenue began to roll yesterday afternoon, December 19th, 2006. Amid quite a bit of fanfare by local officials including mayor Ray Nagin, several of the original cars made their way from Lee Circle to Canal Street and back. […]

So Much to Do for the Holidays in New Orleans

18 December 2006

Friends of ours called the other day and the conversation led to what was there to do in the city at Holiday time. They wanted to come visit, but they wanted “things” to do.  “Isn’t it rather a quiet time there now?” Well, with a little research, I surprised myself about how much the city […]

New Orleans Magazine Gives Honors

15 December 2006

One way that New Orleans has not suffered in recent times is in the quality of its restaurants. New Orleans Magazine in determining the best in local kitchens leaves no doubt about the talent in this city. Selections were made by the magazine’s editorial staff and their food writers. We are fortunate in that many of the named […]

We arrive from a cruise on Feb 15, 2007 for two nights (Mardi Gras). My girlfriends and I can’t find a room. Any suggestions? Erin-Chicago

15 December 2006

Most hotels and Bed and Breakfast Inns have a minimum stay requirement for Mardi Gras. This may range from three to five nights. That is probably why you are having a difficult time finding a short term stay. Keep looking, we have plenty of lodging choices in New Orleans. If the price is right, you may want to […]

Convention Bureau touts New Orleans progress

13 December 2006

In a quite enlightning article about the city on their website, the NOMCVB lists all the benchmarks that have been achieved since Katrina. They note particularly that the tourism segment of the city is up and running at almost full capacity with 29,000 rooms back of a total of 38,000 available pre-Katrina. More than 700 restaurants […]

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