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NEW ORLEANS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU ISSUES “STATE OF THE CITY” REPORT, SEPTEMBER 2007

18 September 2007

NEW ORLEANS – Sept. 10, 2007 – The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (New Orleans CVB) is looking forward to fall and winter with the most promising consecutive amount of tourism business since Hurricane Katrina. In the next six months, New Orleans will host a series of major city-wide conventions, nationally televised sporting events and music and cultural festivals, bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Major conventions this fall include: American College of Surgeons, October 6-10; International Association of Chiefs of Police, October 12-17; International Facility Management Association, October 23-26; Helen Brett Enterprises, October 25-November 1; Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, October 30- November 2; American Society of Agronomy, November 4-8; American Academy of Ophthalmology, November 9-12; National League of Cities, November 13-17; Diversified Business Communications, November 27-30; Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, December 8-10; and Pennwell Corp., December 10-14. In addition, we will host dozens of board of directors and exhibitor meetings in advance of major city-wide meetings here in future years.

For music lovers, the Voodoo Music Experience will be October 26-28 in City Park. New Orleans will also be the home of the State Farm Bayou Classic, November 24; the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, December 21 and the Allstate Sugar Bowl and Allstate BCS National Championship Game January 1 and January 7, 2008 respectively. The NBA All-Star Game is February 17, 2008.

According to Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans CVB, “Now that we are beyond the two year anniversary of Katrina, the hospitality industry is beginning to ‘feel’ like it did before. The first year, everyone was running on adrenaline, and then it moved into a phase of doing new things and starting to rebuild. Now, there’s a palpable shift in the mood of the city and we are extremely optimistic about our future.”

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