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New Orleans Honored as #2 most beautiful place in America!!!

8 September 2007

Despite what you may have thought about our area, thanks to the negative media reports for the last two years, the truth has finally come forward. New Orleans has been honored on NBC’s The Today Show as the Second Most Beautiful Place in America!

Today Show’s “America the Beautiful” series Sept. 6, 2007’s edition showed the Gulf Coast’s Santa Rosa Island, Florida; Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans-a place where, according to jazz musician Irvin Mayfield, who was interviewed in the segment, “we live our art.” We were number two on the list of ten.

This honor is the latest accomplishment in a string of awards bestowed on a post-Katrina New Orleans. Last December, the city was chosen by Orbitz.com as an “in location” for experience-seeking vacationers and in August 2006, they named New Orleans a future top-five international hotspot. Also in 2006, AAA named New Orleans one of America’s top-ten most walkable cities and Travel + Leisure magazine included New Orleans in its 2007 annual list of “Where to Go Next.”

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.

To read Today Show travel editor Peter Greenberg’s update on New Orleans, please visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20604315/ ..

To see a video clip of the segment, visit: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/12065856/. Under “more video from today” select TODAY’s No. 2 pick: The Gulf Coast.

So come on down for a great time and a beautiful experience, America’s No. 2 most beautiful!!!

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