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GNOHLA Hospitality Education Foundation Awards Scholarships To Two Local Students

GNOHLA Hospitality Education Foundation Awards Scholarships To Two Local Students

July 19, 2018 Latest News

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation Awards Scholarships To Two Local Students NEW ORLEANS — The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation grante… Read More »

New Orleans near the top of Travel+Leisure’s best cities in U.S.

New Orleans near the top of Travel+Leisure’s best cities in U.S.

July 11, 2018 Latest News

New Orleans near the top of Travel+Leisure’s best cities in U.S. By:  CityBusiness staff reports  July 11, 20180   New Orleans still ranks near the top of best U.S. cities to visit, according to readers of a … Read More »

Symposium on American food, hospitality set for New Orleans

Symposium on American food, hospitality set for New Orleans

July 9, 2018 Latest News

Symposium on American food, hospitality set for New Orleans By:  The Associated Press  July 9, 20180   A symposium set for September in New Orleans will focus on the past, present and future of food and hospitality… Read More »

Essence Festival 2018 kicks off with a day of service

Essence Festival 2018 kicks off with a day of service

July 5, 2018 Latest News

Essence Festival 2018 kicks off with a day of service By Dinah L. Rogers Photography  dinahlrogers@gmail.com A pep rally and second line clean up parade down O.C. Haley Boulevard kicked off the Essence Festival 2018 Day… Read More »

11 things you need to know about New Orleans' new airport terminal, opening in 2019

11 things you need to know about New Orleans' new airport terminal, opening in 2019

June 26, 2018 Latest News

11 things you need to know about New Orleans' new airport terminal, opening in 2019 By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Posted June 26, 2018 at 06:00 AM | Updated June 26, 2018 at 11:02 AM   Photo by Michae… Read More »

New round of negotiations for $558M Convention Center hotel

New round of negotiations for $558M Convention Center hotel

June 7, 2018 Latest News

New round of negotiations for $558M Convention Center hotel By:  Lance Traweek, Managing Editor  June 6, 20180   Attracting conventions is big business. And in order to capitalize on the demand in a highly competit… Read More »

Carousel Bar one of 'world's most iconic hotel bars,' says Food & Wine

Carousel Bar one of 'world's most iconic hotel bars,' says Food & Wine

May 31, 2018 Latest News

Updated 9:59 AM; Posted 9:59 AM, Thursday, May 31, 2018 Click here for the original NOLA.com article; click here for the "Food & Wine" article.  The Carousel Bar and Lounge in the Monteleone Hotel is among … Read More »

11 things to know about the Four Seasons hotel development

11 things to know about the Four Seasons hotel development

May 29, 2018 Latest News

Posted May 29, 2018 at 12:04 PM | Updated May 29, 2018 at 03:00 PM Woodward Design + Build Click here for the original article.  By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Work has officially started on the $465 million re… Read More »

After Round 1 stalled, New Orleans convention center officials restart talks for Omni Hotel

After Round 1 stalled, New Orleans convention center officials restart talks for Omni Hotel

May 27, 2018 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | RTHOMPSON@THEADVOCATE.COM MAY 27, 2018 - 6:02 PM (0) Click here for the original article.  Second time’s the charm. That’s what members of the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority hope as they re… Read More »

New Orleans to host Super Bowl in 2024

New Orleans to host Super Bowl in 2024

May 23, 2018 Latest News

Updated 9:12 AM; Posted 8:48 AM Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) hoists the Lombardi trophy after winning Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans, La., February 3, 2013. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) … Read More »

A record 1.2 million people traveled through the New Orleans airport in March

A record 1.2 million people traveled through the New Orleans airport in March

May 22, 2018 Latest News

Updated May 22; Posted May 22 By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The inaugural British Airways flight BA224 lands at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner Monday, March 27, 20… Read More »

New Orleans-area hotels increase numbers in April

New Orleans-area hotels increase numbers in April

May 21, 2018 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports May 21, 2018 0 Click here for the original article.  New Orleans-area hotels reported increases in occupancy, average daily rates and revenue per room in April as compared to the same month… Read More »

New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau to rebrand as New Orleans & Company

New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau to rebrand as New Orleans & Company

May 16, 2018 Latest News

Advocate staff report - MAY 16, 2018 - 9:39 AM (0) Click here for the original article.  A well known New Orleans tourism agency is adopting a new label.  The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, which in part serve… Read More »

Tourism nears 18 million New Orleans visitors, $8.7 billion in spending for 2017

Tourism nears 18 million New Orleans visitors, $8.7 billion in spending for 2017

May 8, 2018 Latest News

Advocate staff report - MAY 8, 2018 - 3:49 PM Almost 18 million visitors traveled to New Orleans in 2017 and spent roughly $8.7 billion, a report shows. Visitation was up 5.7 percent to 17.74 million, compared to a year earlier, while spending … Read More »

Vacation airline Sun Country adding seasonal nonstop from Minneapolis-St. Paul to New Orleans

Vacation airline Sun Country adding seasonal nonstop from Minneapolis-St. Paul to New Orleans

May 7, 2018 Latest News

Updated May 7, 11:32 AM; Posted May 7, 11:32 AM By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Sun Country Airlines, a low-cost vacation airline based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, will add a new season… Read More »

Work begins on former World Trade Center redevelopment

Work begins on former World Trade Center redevelopment

May 2, 2018 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports May 2, 2018 0 Click here for the original article.  City officials, developers and investors broke ground Wednesday on a $460 million project to turn the former World Trade Center tower at the f… Read More »

New Orleans sets record with nearly 11 million visitors in 2017

New Orleans sets record with nearly 11 million visitors in 2017

May 1, 2018 Latest News

Updated 2:34 PM; Posted 2:08 PM By Chelsea Brasted cbrasted@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Follow the link here to see graphs and breakdowns of New Orleans' 2017 tourism record. New Orleans broke its own r… Read More »

See inside The Eliza Jane, a new hotel inspired by The Daily Picayune's first woman publisher

See inside The Eliza Jane, a new hotel inspired by The Daily Picayune's first woman publisher

April 24, 2018 Latest News

Updated Apr 24, 4:05 PM; Posted Apr 24, 3:04 PM By Jennifer Larino, jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Article and more photos here. The exterior of The Eliza Jane, a new boutique hotel under the Hya… Read More »

New Orleans-area hotels report March rebound

New Orleans-area hotels report March rebound

April 18, 2018 Latest News

New Orleans-area hotels report March rebound By: CityBusiness staff reports April 18, 2018 Article found here. New Orleans-area hotels reported increases in occupancy, average daily rates and revenue per room in March as c… Read More »

Former World Trade Center redevelopment to begin May 1

Former World Trade Center redevelopment to begin May 1

April 4, 2018 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports April 2, 2018 0 Click here for the article.  Construction to transform the former World Trade Center at the foot of Canal Street into a $450 million Four Seasons hotel and residences is set to b… Read More »

What's New in New Orleans Hospitality Industry This April?

What's New in New Orleans Hospitality Industry This April?

April 2, 2018 Latest News

DESTINATION & TOURISM  NEW ORLEANS CVB  APRIL 02, 2018 Click here for the article. Tricentennial: New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout 2018. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) has op… Read More »

The South’s Best Food Cities 2018

The South’s Best Food Cities 2018

March 20, 2018 Latest News

Full article link here. by Hannah Hayes When we added the Food Cities category to our South’s Best reader survey, we wondered if the winners would look like the usual suspects. Not so. After picking your favorites from a long list, th… Read More »

See plans for the proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown New Orleans

See plans for the proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown New Orleans

March 20, 2018 Latest News

Article link and more images here. Updated 2:37 PM; Posted 6:00 AM By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Developers behind the planned 14-story Virgin Hotel in the Central Busin… Read More »

The Alder Hotel: One of

The Alder Hotel: One of "Five Standout Hotel Renovations of 2017"

March 15, 2018 Latest News

Our congratulations to Mike Valentino and Valentino New Orleans Hotels! Lodging, the official publication of the American Hotel and Lodging Associaiton, included the Alder Hotel in Uptown New Orleas on their list of "Five Standout Hotel Ren… Read More »

NOPSI, Jung and other hotels win historic preservation awards

NOPSI, Jung and other hotels win historic preservation awards

March 13, 2018 Latest News

For the full article, click here. By Susan Langenhennig | Posted March 13, 2018 at 01:29 PM | Updated March 15, 2018 at 02:10 PM By Susan Langenhennig The Jung and NOPSI hotels and the Algiers Courthouse are among the 22 winners of the Louis… Read More »

See inside The Jung Hotel & Residences after its $140 million renovation

See inside The Jung Hotel & Residences after its $140 million renovation

March 8, 2018 Latest News

Updated Mar 8, 9:30 AM; Posted Mar 8, 9:30 AM By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Article link here. The 207-room Jung Hotel & Residences has reopened on Canal Street after a three… Read More »

Window Shopping: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans remembers 300 magical years

Window Shopping: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans remembers 300 magical years

March 1, 2018 Latest News

POSTED 9:04 AM, MARCH 1, 2018, BY WILD BILL WOOD, UPDATED AT 10:33AM, MARCH 1, 2018 Article and video here. NEW ORLEANS -  New Orleans is celebrating a big birthday. The city is about to be 300 years old. WGNO News wit… Read More »

Construction could begin soon on giant canopy at National World War II Museum

Construction could begin soon on giant canopy at National World War II Museum

March 1, 2018 Latest News

BY CHAD CALDER | CCALDER@THEADVOCATE.COM - UPDATED MAR 1, 2018 AT 3:34 PM - (0) Article link here. The National World War II museum will begin construction this spring on the 150-foot-tall Canopy of Peace, a signature shade struc… Read More »

Top Construction 4. Armstrong Airport North Terminal - New Orleans City Business

Top Construction 4. Armstrong Airport North Terminal - New Orleans City Business

February 23, 2018 Latest News

By: Thad Rueter, Contributing Writer February 23, 2018 0 Article link here. Project description: The new North Terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will feature three concourses, 35 gates, a 2,190-car par… Read More »

Short-term rentals banned in Jefferson Parish residential areas

Short-term rentals banned in Jefferson Parish residential areas

February 21, 2018 Latest News

Updated Feb 21, 6:07 PM; Posted Feb 21, 1:35 PM By Drew Broach dbroach@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Article link here. Jefferson Parish's proposed short-term rental restrictions were made even … Read More »

Work on Canal Street ferry terminal expected to begin in September

Work on Canal Street ferry terminal expected to begin in September

February 20, 2018 Latest News

Updated Feb 20, 12:03 PM; Posted Feb 20, 12:02 PM By Beau Evans bevans@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Article link here. Transit officials expect work to build a new $27 million ferry terminal at the… Read More »

Short-term rentals targeted for ban in Jefferson Parish neighborhoods

Short-term rentals targeted for ban in Jefferson Parish neighborhoods

February 20, 2018 Latest News

Updated Feb 20, 4:20 PM; Posted Feb 20, 4:17 PM By Drew Broach dbroach@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Article link here. Airbnb, HomeAway and other short-term rentals would be outlawed in single-family housing… Read More »

Plans unveiled for Hard Rock Hotel, New Orleans: 18 floors, 350 rooms on Canal Street

Plans unveiled for Hard Rock Hotel, New Orleans: 18 floors, 350 rooms on Canal Street

February 15, 2018 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | RTHOMPSON@THEADVOCATE.COM - FEB 15, 2018 - 12:00 PM - (0) Article link here. Plans were unveiled Thursday for a 350-room Hard Rock Hotel at the site of the former Woolworth department store in the 1000 block… Read More »

Delgado Youth Occupational Skills Training Program Graduates Nineteen Students

Delgado Youth Occupational Skills Training Program Graduates Nineteen Students

February 8, 2018 Latest News

Article link here. For Immediate Release:  February 7, 2018 Media Contact: Tony Cook, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Phone:  (504) 671-5478 Email: tcook@dcc.edu New Orleans — At ceremonies on Janua… Read More »

See inside the planned New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute on Howard Avenue

See inside the planned New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute on Howard Avenue

February 7, 2018 Latest News

Updated 6:06 AM; Posted 6:00 AM By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Article link here. Construction crews are in the process of turning the old Louisiana ArtWorks building at the corne… Read More »

Port of New Orleans hits record 1.2M cruise ship passengers in 2017, officials say

Port of New Orleans hits record 1.2M cruise ship passengers in 2017, officials say

January 30, 2018 Latest News

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT       JAN 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM      (0) Article link here. A record 1.2 million cruise ship passengers traveled through the Port of New Orleans in 2017, officials said Tuesd… Read More »

More than a drop: Tabasco Restaurant Week heats up New Orleans menus

More than a drop: Tabasco Restaurant Week heats up New Orleans menus

January 29, 2018 Latest News

BY IAN MCNULTY | IMCNULTY@THEADVOCATE.COM      JAN 29, 2018 - 7:00 AM        (0)  Article link here. A few drops of Tabasco can change a dish. This week, Tabasco will be changing entire menus as part… Read More »

Port of South Louisiana sets annual tonnage record

Port of South Louisiana sets annual tonnage record

January 26, 2018 Latest News

BY TIMOTHY BOONE | TBOONE@THEADVOCATE.COM JAN 26, 2018 - 3:39 PM (0) Article link here A record 308 million short tons of cargo passed through the Port of South Louisiana's three-parish district in 2017, a 4.4 percent increase over th… Read More »

Armstrong Airport reports another record-breaking year

Armstrong Airport reports another record-breaking year

January 23, 2018 Latest News

By:  CityBusiness staff reports Louis Armstrong International Airport officials say 2017 broke another record for the number of travelers passing through. CityBusiness file photo The airport reports serving over 12 million last… Read More »

A record 12 million people traveled through the New Orleans airport in 2017

A record 12 million people traveled through the New Orleans airport in 2017

January 23, 2018 Latest News

Updated 11:34 AM; Posted 11:33 AM By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune More than 12 million people traveled through the New Orleans airport in 2017, marking another record year for air tra… Read More »

Spirit Airlines Adds New Service Between Atlantic City and New Orleans

Spirit Airlines Adds New Service Between Atlantic City and New Orleans

January 19, 2018 Latest News

Bourbon Street or Bust! Spirit Airlines Adds New Service Between Atlantic City and New Orleans Nonstop, year-round service to begin on April 13, 2018 MIRAMAR, FL (January 18, 2018) – Hey, Jersey! Is the Big Easy calling your name? Spir… Read More »

New Orleans named No. 1 place to visit in the world in 2018 by NYT

New Orleans named No. 1 place to visit in the world in 2018 by NYT

January 10, 2018 Latest News

WDSU article link NEW ORLEANS — New Orleanians know what makes the city special. From the vibrant culture to the easygoing people, that's life in the Big Easy. But if your friends out of state still haven't discovered what make… Read More »

Ground broken for New Orleans culinary, hospitality school

Ground broken for New Orleans culinary, hospitality school

January 8, 2018 Latest News

By: The Associated Press January 8, 2018 0 Two New Orleans restaurateurs and a developer say they have the $32 million in financing needed to turn a failed visual arts center into a nonprofit restaurant and hotel school, and construc… Read More »

It's Almost Carnival Time!

It's Almost Carnival Time!

January 4, 2018 Latest News

Today we're taking a break from our usual hotel news posts to give you some carnival-related info pieces. Enjoy! 2018 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule - New Orleans Online King Cake Guide - NOLA.com Weekend Activities, January 5-7, 2018 - NOLA… Read More »

Holiday Inn Express in New Orleans' Central Business District sold for $21 million

Holiday Inn Express in New Orleans' Central Business District sold for $21 million

December 28, 2017 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | rthompson@theadvocate.com Dec 28, 2017 - 6:00 am Article A Holiday Inn Express in the heart of the Central Business District has been sold for $21 million to Austin-based JMI Realty, a private real estate investment … Read More »

Hilton Hotel Foundation Grant Funds Hospitality Program At Delgado Community College

Hilton Hotel Foundation Grant Funds Hospitality Program At Delgado Community College

December 18, 2017 Latest News

$1.9 million to be received over three-year period BY 12-15-2017 -- Biz New Orleans NEW ORLEANS — Delgado Community College has been awarded $1.19 million from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support the college’s guided hos… Read More »

Canal Street Hotel To Hold Job Fair, Hire Over 100 Employees for 2018

Canal Street Hotel To Hold Job Fair, Hire Over 100 Employees for 2018

December 14, 2017 Latest News

BY 12-14-2017 -- Biz New Orleans NEW ORLEANS - Leading into New Orleans’s 300th year, the soon-to-unveil B on Canal seeks to create jobs and contribute to the local economy by hosting its first career fair. The newly-renovated hote… Read More »

The National World War II Museum will open a new hotel, conference center in 2019

The National World War II Museum will open a new hotel, conference center in 2019

December 11, 2017 Latest News

Updated December 11, 2017 at 11:17 AM; Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:54 PM By Jennifer Larino - jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune http://realestate.nola.com/realestate-news/2017/12/world_war_ii_museum_hotel_new.html The Higgins… Read More »

New Orleans Makes Two Top 10s

New Orleans Makes Two Top 10s

December 1, 2017 Latest News

In October, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure both featured New Orleans in their respective lists of top travel destinations in the United States. Our city ranked No. 2 on Condé Nast’s America’s Favorite Cities lis… Read More »

Jackson Square lands on list of 'hot' fall travel spots

Jackson Square lands on list of 'hot' fall travel spots

November 29, 2017 Latest News

Jackson Square may be nearing its 300th birthday, but it's still hot stuff as far as travel destinations go. TripAdvisor has named the iconic park one of its "hottest attractions" in the United States this fall. Read More »

GNOHLAHEF TTO Auction Is Live!

GNOHLAHEF TTO Auction Is Live!

November 20, 2017 Latest News

  GNOHLA's Hospitality Education Foundation is holding its yearly auction in conjunction with our Tourism Tee-Off golf tournament. The auction closes December 4, 2017, so start bidding on any of our fabulous vacation getaways or ticket … Read More »

Construction, health, tourism drive Louisiana job gains over past 12 months

Construction, health, tourism drive Louisiana job gains over past 12 months

October 26, 2017 Latest News

BY TED GRIGGS | tgriggs@theadvocate.com         Oct 20, 2017 - 12:30 pm http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_12584b94-b5ad-11e7-b072-c39e749b8e11.html Louisiana added 13,400 nonfarm job… Read More »

Register for GNOHLA's Tourism Tee-Off Golf Tournament!

Register for GNOHLA's Tourism Tee-Off Golf Tournament!

October 16, 2017 Latest News

Our Annual Tourism Tee-Off is a great way to network, make new connections, and support GNOHLA's Hospitality Education Foundation! If you're intereseted in playing in the golf tournament, please fill out the following form and return it to ou… Read More »

Choice's latest Cambria property opens in New Orleans

Choice's latest Cambria property opens in New Orleans

October 12, 2017 Latest News

Choice's latest Cambria property opens in New Orleans by Elliott Mest | Oct 10, 2017 10:01am Article link: http://www.hotelmanagement.net/openings/choice-s-latest-cambria-property-opens-new-orleans Choice Hotels International, in col… Read More »

Tourism Tee-Off!

Tourism Tee-Off!

October 6, 2017 Latest News

The Tourism Tee-Off is the golf tournament presented by GNOHLA's Hospitality Education Foundation to helpsupport our scholarship and education programs. If you're interested in signing up, please see the information below and call us at (5… Read More »

New Orleans port to see largest cruise ship in its history with Norwegian Breakaway

New Orleans port to see largest cruise ship in its history with Norwegian Breakaway

October 3, 2017 Latest News

Advocate staff report       Oct 3, 2017 - 9:06 am http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/business/article_024de90a-a844-11e7-be08-77fb4f905e0c.html When the Norwegian Breakaway docks and departs from the Port … Read More »

NewOrleansLocal - Feed the Need NOLA

NewOrleansLocal - Feed the Need NOLA

September 29, 2017 Latest News

NewOrleansLocal covered GNOHLA's Feed the Need NOLA event for Hunger Awareness Month in September. Please visit this link for the Facebook story: https://www.facebook.com/NewOrleansLocal/posts/1470611979689625 New Orleans Local's web… Read More »

Centerplate helps GNOHLA’s Feed the Need NOLA during Hunger Action Month

Centerplate helps GNOHLA’s Feed the Need NOLA during Hunger Action Month

September 28, 2017 Latest News

By Leslie T. Snadowsky Please see the link below for the full video! http://bizneworleans.com/Biz-Video/September-2017/Biz-Minute-9-20-17/  … Read More »

Historic Jung Hotel set to open in November

Historic Jung Hotel set to open in November

September 27, 2017 Latest News

By:  Andrew Valenti, Reporter  September 26, 2017 0 http://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2017/09/26/historic-jung-hotel-set-to-open-by-the-end-of-the-year/ The rehabilitation of the Jung Hotel, one of the most historic hot… Read More »

Westin Hotel near foot of Canal Street changes hands as riverfront readies for development

Westin Hotel near foot of Canal Street changes hands as riverfront readies for development

September 18, 2017 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | rthompson@theadvocate.com Sep 6, 2017 - 7:06 pm http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/business/article_776270ba-9360-11e7-852d-0bc2fd0796d5.html A high-rise hotel near the foot of Canal Street is changing hands ag… Read More »

See hotel plans for the former UNO building on Canal Street

See hotel plans for the former UNO building on Canal Street

September 15, 2017 Latest News

Updated on September 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM Posted on September 14, 2017 at 12:43 PM By Jennifer Larino jlarino@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2017/09/uno_building_hotel_canal_stree.html#incart… Read More »

B Hotels & Resorts Expands to New Orleans

B Hotels & Resorts Expands to New Orleans

August 22, 2017 Latest News

By Hotel Business on August 22, 2017 Brands, Renovations FT. LAUDERDALE, FL— B Hotels & Resorts expects to open a new lifestyle hotel in first quarter at 1300 Canal St. in New Orleans. The brand concept, B On Canal, is being done via … Read More »

NOLA Christmas Fest 2017

NOLA Christmas Fest 2017

July 24, 2017 Latest News

NOLA Christmas Fest offers holiday fun for all ages, and opportunities to decorate a tree at the Convention Center with your office or associaiton team. Please see http://nolachristmasfest.com/coming-soon/ for more informaiton!     … Read More »

2018 Forward New Orleans Platform

2018 Forward New Orleans Platform

July 17, 2017 Latest News

Please click the link below for Forward New Orleans' detailed 2018 platform. Forward New Orleans Platform 2018 For further information on FNO, please visit their website! https://www.forwardneworleans.com/… Read More »

Expotel Hospitality Welcomes Cooper As New General Manager

Expotel Hospitality Welcomes Cooper As New General Manager

July 17, 2017 Latest News

By 7-17-17 - Biz New Orleans NEW ORLEANS – Expotel Hospitality announced the appointment of Nicholas Cooper as general manager of the newly opened Holiday Inn New Orleans Airport North. Nicholas brings more than 15 years of experience in th… Read More »

The 5 things to know about Public Service restaurant, now open in the NOPSI Hotel

The 5 things to know about Public Service restaurant, now open in the NOPSI Hotel

July 6, 2017 Latest News

By Todd A. Price NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The luxury NOPSI Hotel opens Thursday (July 6) with a lobby bar, a rooftop bar and a restaurant called Public Service led by chef de cuisine Dustin Brien. Here's w… Read More »

Maison Dupuy Hotel Names Kemp New Conference Services Manager

Maison Dupuy Hotel Names Kemp New Conference Services Manager

June 27, 2017 Latest News

By 6-27-17 - Biz New Orleans NEW ORLEANS – Maison Dupuy Hotel General Manager Steve Ferran announced the appointment of Nicole Kemp as conference service manager.          Kemp comes to the luxury b… Read More »

Public Service, restaurant in new NOPSI Hotel, opening in New Orleans July 6

Public Service, restaurant in new NOPSI Hotel, opening in New Orleans July 6

June 21, 2017 Latest News

By Brett Anderson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Public Service, the restaurant inside the new NOPSI Hotel, has an opening date and a chef. The restaurant will serve its first meals on July 6, and its kitchen will be headed by Dustin Brien, former… Read More »

'Comply or stop': What to expect as New Orleans addresses short-term rental violators

'Comply or stop': What to expect as New Orleans addresses short-term rental violators

June 21, 2017 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON, The Advocate New Orleans is starting to crack down on property owners who have been flouting the city's new rules on short-term rentals, with 10 owners in the French Quarter facing administrative hearings next week.  I… Read More »

'Comply or stop': What to expect as New Orleans addresses short-term rental violators

'Comply or stop': What to expect as New Orleans addresses short-term rental violators

June 21, 2017 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON, The Advocate New Orleans is starting to crack down on property owners who have been flouting the city's new rules on short-term rentals, with 10 owners in the French Quarter facing administrative hearings next week.  I… Read More »

Here's how New Orleans is enforcing short-term rental regulations

Here's how New Orleans is enforcing short-term rental regulations

June 20, 2017 Latest News

BY CHELSEA BRASTED - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune More than 400 notices of short-term rental infractions have gone out to 382 unique addresses across New Orleans since May 1, the work of a staff of seven as the city gears up to manage permit… Read More »

What will New Orleans transit look like in 20 years? RTA is developing a plan

What will New Orleans transit look like in 20 years? RTA is developing a plan

June 20, 2017 Latest News

BY BEAU EVANS - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Maybe the bus routes in New Orleans don't take you where you need to go. Maybe you're frustrated with buses being late. Here might be your opportunity for a fix: The New Orleans Regiona… Read More »

Royal Caribbean cruises are returning to New Orleans after 3-year hiatus

Royal Caribbean cruises are returning to New Orleans after 3-year hiatus

May 2, 2017 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Royal Caribbean will return to New Orleans, sailing week-long cruises to The Bahamas and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The itineraries are set to launch for the 2018 winter cruise season. Roy… Read More »

New Orleans makes latest tourism sales pitch in South America

New Orleans makes latest tourism sales pitch in South America

April 12, 2017 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek, Managing Editor, CityBusiness New Orleans tourism officials recently returned from a trip to Colombia as part of ongoing efforts to recruit business in South America. In late March, the New Orleans Convention and Visitor&rsqu… Read More »

Renovation Report: DoubleTree by Hilton receives $25M makeover

Renovation Report: DoubleTree by Hilton receives $25M makeover

April 3, 2017 Latest News

CityBusiness.com Project: A renovation of DoubleTree by Hilton’s guest rooms, pool, lobby and meeting spaces Address: 300 Canal St. Space: 225,591 square feet Architect: Montgomery Roth Contractor: Complete Property Ser… Read More »

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter Opens

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter Opens

March 29, 2017 Latest News

Hotelbusiness.com NEW ORLEANS-Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter has opened. Managed by HRI Lodging LLC, the 207-suite hotel is the first Homewood Suites property based in the French Quarter. The four-story property has stud… Read More »

British Airways already has plans to expand its nonstop flight from New Orleans to London

British Airways already has plans to expand its nonstop flight from New Orleans to London

March 29, 2017 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Elaine Garvey has spent a good portion of her adult life waiting, wishing and hoping for a nonstop flight to connect her new home in New Orleans to her childhood home in the United Kingdom. On… Read More »

Four Seasons developers say World Trade Center project moving forward despite lawsuit

Four Seasons developers say World Trade Center project moving forward despite lawsuit

March 29, 2017 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Investors in the planned Four Seasons hotel and condos at the vacant World Trade Center say the $360 million project is moving forward in April with a six-month interior demolition, despi… Read More »

Demolish the Canal Street ferry terminal, New Orleans City Council decides

Demolish the Canal Street ferry terminal, New Orleans City Council decides

March 27, 2017 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The days appear numbered for the well-worn Canal Street ferry terminal after the New Orleans City Council unanimously gave the go-ahead Thursday (March 22) to tear it d… Read More »

New Orleans hosted a record 10.45 million tourists in 2016

New Orleans hosted a record 10.45 million tourists in 2016

March 23, 2017 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  New Orleans hosted a record 10.45 million visitors in 2016, finally breaking past the pre-Katrina peak that hovered over the city and its tourism industry for more than a decade. Travele… Read More »

Kenner councilman seeks to delay vote on new for-hire vehicle rules, airport transportation fees

Kenner councilman seeks to delay vote on new for-hire vehicle rules, airport transportation fees

March 22, 2017 Latest News

Kenner's vote on rules that would govern Uber, Lyft could proceed Thursday BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | The Advocate.com In a bid to persuade his colleagues to hold off on doubling the fees that some transportation companies must pay to pick u… Read More »

First full-service hotel in New Orleans East since Hurricane Katrina opens

First full-service hotel in New Orleans East since Hurricane Katrina opens

March 22, 2017 Latest News

City Business Wyndham Garden Hotel, the first full-service hotel to open in New Orleans East since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area over 11 years ago, opens Wednesday. The hotel is located at 10100 Interstate 10 Service Road, off the Read … Read More »

Kenner's proposed fees for Uber, shuttle buses concern airport, transit companies

Kenner's proposed fees for Uber, shuttle buses concern airport, transit companies

March 21, 2017 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A proposal in Kenner to charge new fees on Uber and Lyft rides, shuttle buses and limos at Louis Armstrong International Airport has transportation companies warning the co… Read More »

Group says Mitch Landrieu, City Council have fulfilled more than half of pledges made before last elections

Group says Mitch Landrieu, City Council have fulfilled more than half of pledges made before last elections

March 8, 2017 Latest News

Jessica Williams,  The New Orleans Advocate A coalition of local civic groups that secured dozens of pledges from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans City Council members more than three years ago says those officials have lived up to more t… Read More »

Louisiana promotes new nonstop flight to German tourists

Louisiana promotes new nonstop flight to German tourists

March 7, 2017 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports Louisiana is expecting to draw more international visitors with a new direct flight from New Orleans to Germany that starts May 3, and state officials are in Berlin this week to promote it. The Louisiana Office of… Read More »

Top Construction Projects: 9. 2 Canal St. Redevelopment

Top Construction Projects: 9. 2 Canal St. Redevelopment

February 23, 2017 Latest News

By: Garry Boulard, Contributing Writer - CityBusiness Project description: Redevelopment of the 33-story former World Trade Center into a 350-room Four Seasons hotel and 76 hotel-serviced condos Project cost: $360 million Start dat… Read More »

More Passengers than Ever Before at Armstrong International

More Passengers than Ever Before at Armstrong International

February 17, 2017 Latest News

Courtesy of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Record-breaking 11.1 million passengers in 2016 (New Orleans, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has set a new all-time record for total passeng… Read More »

Appeals court upholds dismissal of World Trade Center suit in New Orleans, but legal fight

Appeals court upholds dismissal of World Trade Center suit in New Orleans, but legal fight

February 15, 2017 Latest News

BY JESSICA WILLIAMS | THEADVOCATE.COM The man whose lawsuit has blocked redevelopment of the old World Trade Center building in New Orleans was dealt another setback Wednesday when an appellate court ruled against him. The state 4th Circuit Cou… Read More »

3 groups spar over right to redevelop Six Flags property; public board unimpressed

3 groups spar over right to redevelop Six Flags property; public board unimpressed

February 14, 2017 Latest News

BY JESSICA WILLIAMS, theadvocate.com Three different developers presented offers Tuesday to buy the dilapidated Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans East, but the public board that manages the land did not seem to take the impromptu auction all… Read More »

Southwest Airlines adding nonstop flights from New Orleans to Raleigh-Durham, Columbus

Southwest Airlines adding nonstop flights from New Orleans to Raleigh-Durham, Columbus

February 10, 2017 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Southwest Airlines is adding two new nonstop flights from New Orleans to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. The new flights start in April. Dan Landson, a Southwest Airline… Read More »

Sister ship to the Steamboat Natchez arrives in New Orleans, receives name

Sister ship to the Steamboat Natchez arrives in New Orleans, receives name

February 10, 2017 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek, Managing Editor CityBusiness The Steamboat Natchez’s sister boat has arrived in New Orleans and has been officially named. The stern wheeler, named “City of New Orleans,” docked in New Orleans on Wednesday a… Read More »

Convention Center purchases former Louisiana ArtWorks building, forms partnership to build new culinary school

Convention Center purchases former Louisiana ArtWorks building, forms partnership to build new culinary school

February 7, 2017 Latest News

By: Andrew Valenti, Reporter New Orleans CityBusiness The board of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has acquired the former Louisiana ArtWorks building in the Warehouse District and entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with an organ… Read More »

Louisiana lieutenant governor in France to promote tourism

Louisiana lieutenant governor in France to promote tourism

February 1, 2017 Latest News

By:  The Associated Press via CityBusiness  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is leading a delegation to France to promote international travel in a country with strong ties to Louisiana. Nungesser’s office announced the trip T… Read More »

Mayor Landrieu Honors Businesses for Creating Job Opportunities, Partnership with Economic Opportunity Strategy

Mayor Landrieu Honors Businesses for Creating Job Opportunities, Partnership with Economic Opportunity Strategy

January 26, 2017 Latest News

January 26, 2017,  nola.gov The Inaugural Corporate Citizenship Awards spotlights businesses for expanding opportunity in New Orleans NEW ORLEANS—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted the Corporate Citizenship Awards, a celebration reco… Read More »

Virgin Hotel downtown New Orleans to begin construction in April

Virgin Hotel downtown New Orleans to begin construction in April

January 24, 2017 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A proposed Virgin Hotel downtown, a new construction project that survived a city zoning fight over high-rise development around the Warehouse District 1 1/2 years ago, is now set to begin constru… Read More »

What we know about Mitch Landrieu's proposed 3 a.m. closed-door rule for New Orleans bars

What we know about Mitch Landrieu's proposed 3 a.m. closed-door rule for New Orleans bars

January 24, 2017 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON | THEADVOCATE.COM In a dramatic change for a city known for a culture of all-hours street parties, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is seeking to crack down on pedestrians reveling outside of bars after 3 … Read More »

New Orleans now has a partner in its effort to lure more Chinese tourists

New Orleans now has a partner in its effort to lure more Chinese tourists

January 19, 2017 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune China, with its booming middle class and ravenous consumer spending, is a coveted market for American cities looking to give their tourism market a shot in the arm. New Orleans can now count itself… Read More »

New Orleans' airport expansion gets bigger with five more gates added to new terminal

New Orleans' airport expansion gets bigger with five more gates added to new terminal

January 18, 2017 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON | THEADVOCATE.COM The north terminal under construction at Louis Armstrong International Airport will be getting five additional gates to accommodate unexpected growth, city officials announced Wednesday. The project to replace … Read More »

Vacation Express Brings Non-Stop Service to Grand Bahama Island from New Orleans

Vacation Express Brings Non-Stop Service to Grand Bahama Island from New Orleans

January 17, 2017 Latest News

Via Vacation Express/ Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)  Bahamas promotes new direct Grand Bahama Flights from New Orleans at Pelicans games ATLANTA, Ga. – January 17, 2017 –Vacation Express is thrill… Read More »

Buses? Streetcars? Ferries? N.O. RTA holds hearings on 20-year plan

Buses? Streetcars? Ferries? N.O. RTA holds hearings on 20-year plan

January 16, 2017 Latest News

Richard Rainey, NOLA.com What New Orleans envisions its public transit system to be in five, 10 or even 20 years is the subject of public hearings that transportation officials are hosting this week. The New Orleans Regional Transit Au… Read More »

Susan Spicer, Aaron Sanchez, Edgar Chase, John Besh among chefs headed to new Armstrong Airport terminal

Susan Spicer, Aaron Sanchez, Edgar Chase, John Besh among chefs headed to new Armstrong Airport terminal

January 12, 2017 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A slate of local restaurants -- including Pizza Domenica and Mondo -- and national chains Burger King and Panda Express are headed for the new Louis Armstrong International Airport terminal wh… Read More »

Spirit adding nonstop flights from New Orleans to 3 cities

Spirit adding nonstop flights from New Orleans to 3 cities

January 10, 2017 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Spirit Airlines will add three new year-round connections at Louis Armstrong International Airport this spring, including nonstop flights to Baltimore, Md., Cleveland, Ohio, and Orlando, … Read More »

Monkey Board bar now open on Troubadour hotel's rooftop

Monkey Board bar now open on Troubadour hotel's rooftop

December 29, 2016 Latest News

By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune In mid-December, chef Phillip Lopez (Root, Square Root) opened Petit Lion, his contemporary French bistro at the new Troubadour hotel. On Wednesday (Dec. 28), Lopez also debuted t… Read More »

Choice Aire starts nonstop flights from New Orleans to Honduras

Choice Aire starts nonstop flights from New Orleans to Honduras

December 21, 2016 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Choice Aire has started nonstop flights from New Orleans to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The twice-weekly flights start at $499 round-trip. Choice Aire, operated by XTRA Airways, announced the… Read More »

See inside The Troubadour, a new hotel in downtown New Orleans

See inside The Troubadour, a new hotel in downtown New Orleans

December 19, 2016 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Troubadour, the latest hotel to pop up in the Central Business District, opened last Wednesday (Dec. 14) inside the renovated former Rault Center on Gravier Street. The 184-room boutique h… Read More »

Sazerac plans cocktail museum in downtown New Orleans

Sazerac plans cocktail museum in downtown New Orleans

December 15, 2016 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports America’s first cocktail is getting a museum in the city that invented it.   The Sazerac Company has purchased two vacant buildings at the corner of Canal and Magazine streets that it plans to renova… Read More »

National WWII Museum plans $41 million, 234-room hotel and conference center

National WWII Museum plans $41 million, 234-room hotel and conference center

December 14, 2016 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON,  The New Orleans Advocate In addition to its ambitious $370 million capital campaign, the National World War II Museum plans to build a 234-room hotel and conference center at its Warehouse District complex, which has at… Read More »

GNOHLA Bestows Major Gift to UNO's Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Program

GNOHLA Bestows Major Gift to UNO's Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Program

December 7, 2016 Latest News

Donation to further position New Orleans as national leader in hospitality and tourism education  New Orleans, LA (December 7, 2016) - Today, the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GNOHLA) Hospitality Education Foundation an… Read More »

World Trade Center lawsuit dismissed, clearing path for Four Seasons

World Trade Center lawsuit dismissed, clearing path for Four Seasons

November 21, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A New Orleans judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday (Nov. 21) challenging the city's lease of the former World Trade Center, clearing a path for a Four Seasons hotel developer to move forw… Read More »

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November 14, 2016 Latest News

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT RTA’s Telephone System Experiencing Technical Difficulties (New Orleans, LA)— The RTA administrative facility experienced a Power outage last night resulting in technical difficulties with the agency… Read More »

New Orleans prepares for short-term rental enforcement

New Orleans prepares for short-term rental enforcement

November 9, 2016 Latest News

By Greg LaRose, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Owners of short-term rental properties in New Orleans will have until next spring to register with the city, according to a timeline officials reviewed Monday (Nov. 7) with the City Council. The new… Read More »

Convention Center may buy failed ArtWorks building from culinary institute

Convention Center may buy failed ArtWorks building from culinary institute

October 27, 2016 Latest News

By Richard Thompson, The New Orleans Advocate The former Louisiana ArtWorks building at Howard Avenue and Carondelet Street may soon change hands again for the second time in two years. The likely buyer: the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, … Read More »

For New Orleans -- 'one of the best ports in America' -- cruise ship stops huge business, and officials want more

For New Orleans -- 'one of the best ports in America' -- cruise ship stops huge business, and officials want more

October 23, 2016 Latest News

Richard Thompson, The New Orleans Advocate As state and local tourism officials work to attract more international visitors, the sight of the Europa 2 luxury cruise liner docked near the French Quarter this month was a welcome change. Nearly 50… Read More »

Airport, British Airways make it official: New Orleans to London flights to start in 2017

Airport, British Airways make it official: New Orleans to London flights to start in 2017

October 20, 2016 Latest News

By Richard Thompson, The New Orleans Advocate London is calling. After a four-year courtship, New Orleans airport officials made it official Thursday, announcing that British Airways will begin offering nonstop flights to London starting in Mar… Read More »

British Airways to connect London, New Orleans with nonstop flights

British Airways to connect London, New Orleans with nonstop flights

October 20, 2016 Latest News

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune British Airways will launch nonstop flights between London and New Orleans next spring, marking the city's first direct connection with Europe since 1982. Local officials joined tourism and business leader… Read More »

New Orleans needs commonsense regulations on short-term rentals

New Orleans needs commonsense regulations on short-term rentals

October 19, 2016 Latest News

By  The Editorial Board, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The argument over short-term rentals in New Orleans pits the rights of the individual against the well-being of the city. Homeowners want liberty to do what they wish with their prop… Read More »

Short-term rental compromise to include 120-day limit on rentals

Short-term rental compromise to include 120-day limit on rentals

October 18, 2016 Latest News

By  Kevin Litten, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune City officials appear to be moving toward allowing short-term rentals in properties not occupied by the owner, though those owners would not be allowed to rent the properties for more than 120 d… Read More »

Experts: No slowdown of downtown hotel boom

Experts: No slowdown of downtown hotel boom

October 12, 2016 Latest News

By: Andrew Valenti, Reporter CityBusiness Business leaders and economic experts predict that the recent hotel construction boom in downtown New Orleans will continue in the coming years. They made their remarks at an annual real estate and econ… Read More »

New York developer plans hotel or retail, apartments along Tulane Avenue

New York developer plans hotel or retail, apartments along Tulane Avenue

October 6, 2016 Latest News

By: Andrew Valenti, Reporter, CityBusiness A New York developer who owns multiple properties in the New Orleans area is considering two different projects  at the site of an old Dixie Brewery warehouse on Tulane Avenue. Jeffrey Feil, CEO o… Read More »

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Heads To New Orleans City Council

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Heads To New Orleans City Council

October 6, 2016 Latest News

  EILEEN FLEMING / WWNO The New Orleans City Council is preparing for a long and emotional debate October 20  on how to deal with short-term rentals. An ordinance is on the table that’s designed to regulate the industry that man… Read More »

JetBlue Begins Flights to Fort Lauderdale from New Orleans

JetBlue Begins Flights to Fort Lauderdale from New Orleans

September 29, 2016 Latest News

JetBlue Begins Flights to Fort Lauderdale from New Orleans  JetBlue celebrates 15 years in New Orleans     (New Orleans, LA) – Today, JetBlue begins daily non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airpor… Read More »

Astor Crowne Plaza completes $13M makeover

Astor Crowne Plaza completes $13M makeover

September 26, 2016 Latest News

By:  CityBusiness staff reports The Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal Street has completed a $13 million renovation in time for the fall season. The hotel at the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets upgraded its 700 rooms with new carpeting,… Read More »

Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

September 23, 2016 Latest News

  By The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts World… Read More »

Besides Cuba, Louisiana looks at Panama, China for business

Besides Cuba, Louisiana looks at Panama, China for business

September 23, 2016 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek, CityBusiness, Managing Editor  First Cuba, then Panama. State and local tourism officials also recently traveled to China to try to drum up business in Louisiana. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau joined the… Read More »

New Orleans hotel boom: How big can it get?

New Orleans hotel boom: How big can it get?

September 21, 2016 Latest News

By Beau Evans, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  From his office on the 20th floor of a high-rise off Gravier Street, Louis David has been watching a new hotel called The Troubadour take shape in an abandoned building once known as the Raul… Read More »

ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NEW NONSTOP SERVICE FROM CLEVELAND TO NEW ORLEANS  WITH FARES AS LOW AS $52

ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NEW NONSTOP SERVICE FROM CLEVELAND TO NEW ORLEANS WITH FARES AS LOW AS $52

September 21, 2016 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS. Sept. 21, 2016 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new nonstop service from Cleveland to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) beginning Feb. 17, 2017. To celebrate, the compan… Read More »

Extended-stay hotel near French Quarter nears completion

Extended-stay hotel near French Quarter nears completion

September 21, 2016 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports The site of a former electrical supply shop at the edge of the French Quarter is about six months away from opening as a Homewood Suites by Hilton, an all-suite hotel brand. A news release says the final beam has … Read More »

Old NOPSI Building to reopen as luxury hotel in 2017

Old NOPSI Building to reopen as luxury hotel in 2017

September 12, 2016 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The nine-story brick building at the corner of Baronne and Union streets in the Central Business District opened its doors in 1927 as the polished headquarters for the city's public utility and… Read More »

Former Times-Picayune building sells to local investors for $3.5M

Former Times-Picayune building sells to local investors for $3.5M

September 7, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The former headquarters of The Times-Picayune on Howard Avenue has been sold to a group of investors led by New Orleans developer Joe Jaeger for $3.5 million. Jaeger's group 3800 Howard… Read More »

Lula Restaurant Distillery eyes early November opening

Lula Restaurant Distillery eyes early November opening

September 6, 2016 Latest News

Posted by Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger  This week, a massive copper CARL still from Germany arrived on a ship at the Port of New Orleans, and it will soon become the centerpiece of Lula Restaurant Distillery, the unique new restaurant unde… Read More »

CBD hotel to reopen as Fairfield Inn and Suites after major renovation

CBD hotel to reopen as Fairfield Inn and Suites after major renovation

September 1, 2016 Latest News

CityBusiness staff reports The former Baronne Inn and Suites in the Central Business District is set to reopen this month as a completely renovated and rebranded Fairfield Inn and Suites. The 103-room hotel at 346 Baronne St. is in a historic b… Read More »

Allegiant adds New Orleans flights from Concord

Allegiant adds New Orleans flights from Concord

August 30, 2016 Latest News

From Staff Reports/Independant Tribune  CONCORD - Allegiant today announces new nonstop service to New Orleans from Concord Regional Airport. “New Orleans marks the fifth vacation destination for our travelers flying out of Concord,&… Read More »

MANAGER DAVID TEICH ON THE IMPACT OF NOLA TOURISM, SHORT-TERM RENTALS

MANAGER DAVID TEICH ON THE IMPACT OF NOLA TOURISM, SHORT-TERM RENTALS

August 30, 2016 Latest News

August 30, 2016 - New Orleans Will Blog What kind of career opportunity is available in New Orleans’ tourism and hospitality industry? Windsor Court Hotel General Manager David Teich offers his own experience as an example. It began in hi… Read More »

Jefferson Parish hotels approve 1% surcharge on rooms

Jefferson Parish hotels approve 1% surcharge on rooms

August 12, 2016 Latest News

By Littice Bacon-Blood, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Hotel guests staying in Jefferson Parish will pay slightly more for their visit starting Sept. 1, when parish hotels begin charging an additional 1 percent surcharge on room rates. The par… Read More »

Short-term rentals of whole homes should stay out of New Orleans, Planning Commission votes

Short-term rentals of whole homes should stay out of New Orleans, Planning Commission votes

August 10, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  Renting out entire homes for short-term stays year-round in New Orleans neighborhoods should remain banned, while residents should be allowed to rent out spare rooms in their own homes,&… Read More »

GLO Airlines adds nonstop flight from New Orleans to Huntsville

GLO Airlines adds nonstop flight from New Orleans to Huntsville

August 8, 2016 Latest News

Lance Traweek, CityBusiness GLO Airlines is starting nonstop flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Huntsville, Alabama. This marks the regional charter airline’s fifth destination from New Orleans. GLO also offers nonstop… Read More »

What the City Planning Commission must decide about New Orleans short-term rentals

What the City Planning Commission must decide about New Orleans short-term rentals

August 8, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A proposal to legalize and monitor short-term rentals in New Orleans is expected to get a vote from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday (Aug. 9) after months of contentious debate and dela… Read More »

New Orleans airport hits record 1 million travelers in May

New Orleans airport hits record 1 million travelers in May

July 22, 2016 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune More than 1 million passengers traveled through the New Orleans airport in May, marking the busiest month on record for air traffic to and from the city. The surge in travel comes as new flights b… Read More »

New Orleans selects a bike share program; contract talks begin

New Orleans selects a bike share program; contract talks begin

July 21, 2016 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A Brooklyn, N.Y. company has won the contest to bring a bike share program to the streets of New Orleans. A City Hall selection committee chose Social Bicycles, or SoBi, from seven competitors, … Read More »

Proposed Moxy Hotel in CBD gains City Council's backing

Proposed Moxy Hotel in CBD gains City Council's backing

July 14, 2016 Latest News

by Richard Thompson of the New Orleans Advocate Plans for a five-story Moxy Hotel in the Central Business District gained final backing Thursday from the City Council, paving the way for construction to begin by the end of the year after nearly tw… Read More »

Travel + Leisure named the following the Top 10 Cities in the World

Travel + Leisure named the following the Top 10 Cities in the World

July 12, 2016 Latest News

by Melanie Lieberman, Charleston, South Carolina Chiang Mai, Thailand San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Florence, Italy Luang Prabang, Laos Kyoto, Japan New Orleans, Louisiana Barcelona, Spain Savannah, Georgia Cape Town, South Af… Read More »

Q&C Hotel joins Marriott International portfolio brand

Q&C Hotel joins Marriott International portfolio brand

July 8, 2016 Latest News

by Lance Traweek, Editor CityBusiness The Q&C Hotel and Bar in downtown New Orleans has officially joined the Autograph Collection Hotels, a brand of the Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels, the company announced Fri… Read More »

Travel + Leisure: New Orleans is second-best city for travel

Travel + Leisure: New Orleans is second-best city for travel

July 6, 2016 Latest News

By: Quincy Hodges, Reporter CityBusiness The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 survey ranked New Orleans as No. 2 city in the country for travel destinations. Cities are rated on sights, landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, sho… Read More »

State looks at ways to reform film tax credit program, retain once-booming industry

State looks at ways to reform film tax credit program, retain once-booming industry

July 5, 2016 Latest News

BY Elizabeth Crisp, New orleans advocate More changes are likely coming to Louisiana’s controversial film tax credit program in the coming year. But it’s not just about money this time. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who announced Tuesd… Read More »

Proposed caps would allow 15,000 New Orleans homes to be rented to tourists

Proposed caps would allow 15,000 New Orleans homes to be rented to tourists

July 4, 2016 Latest News

by Jeff Adelson of the New Orleans Advocate Up to 8 percent of the homes in New Orleans would be eligible to be converted into whole-house short-term rentals, in addition to an unknown number of half-doubles and condos, under proposed rules being … Read More »

Proposed hotel in Lower Garden District to begin construction

Proposed hotel in Lower Garden District to begin construction

July 1, 2016 Latest News

By: Andrew Valenti, Reporter CityBusiness A new hotel will start to take shape in the Lower Garden District by the end of the summer. Permitting documents filed with the city show that the properties at 1407 and 1409 Prytania St. will be renova… Read More »

New Orleans #4 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

New Orleans #4 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

June 30, 2016 Latest News

New Orleans is known for its European-style architecture, mouth-watering Creole cuisine and all-around mysticism. And as its backbone is music: Jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll and Zydeco tunes ooze from every city crevice. But for many, the main r… Read More »

GNOHLA Phone Systems Down

GNOHLA Phone Systems Down

June 27, 2016 Latest News

Please note we are currently experiencing technical issues with our phone lines.  If assistance is needed, please contact gnohla@gnohla.com.   We apologize for the inconvenience. … Read More »

NOPD TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING IN EIGHTH DISTRICT TO DISCUSS CONSENT DECREE PROGRESS

NOPD TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING IN EIGHTH DISTRICT TO DISCUSS CONSENT DECREE PROGRESS

June 27, 2016 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD will host a community meeting tomorrow, Monday, June 27, to inform residents of the Eighth District about progress made in complying with the federal consent decree and to discuss ways the department is working … Read More »

Armstrong Airport opens competition for hotel at new terminal

Armstrong Airport opens competition for hotel at new terminal

June 27, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Aviation Board has opened a competition for developers to build a three-star hotel next to the new terminal under construction at Louis Armstrong International Airport. A fu… Read More »

River cruise line picks Gretna for home port

River cruise line picks Gretna for home port

June 24, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New cruise company French America Line has picked Gretna's ferry landing as the homeport for its 150-passenger riverboat Louisiane under a deal that steers money toward restoring ferry service … Read More »

Hotel Modern on Lee Circle sells, to relaunch as InterContinental

Hotel Modern on Lee Circle sells, to relaunch as InterContinental

June 23, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Hotel Modern on Lee Circle sold Wednesday (June 22) to a developer with plans to rebrand the 10-story building into an InterContinental-branded hotel. Hawkeye Hotels based in Iowa … Read More »

Condor direct flight opens opportunities for New Orleans: A letter to the editor

Condor direct flight opens opportunities for New Orleans: A letter to the editor

June 20, 2016 Latest News

By Letters to the Editor, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The announcement of direct flights to Germany opens a world of business possibilities between New Orleans and major cities in Europe. Although Condor caters primarily to leisur… Read More »

5 things to know: New Orleans proposed short-term rental law

5 things to know: New Orleans proposed short-term rental law

June 13, 2016 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A formalized proposal to legalize Airbnb-style rentals in New Orleans could face it first vote Tuesday (June 14).  NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune will be in the City Council … Read More »

Parking could be a poison pill for legalizing Airbnb in New Orleans

Parking could be a poison pill for legalizing Airbnb in New Orleans

June 13, 2016 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune If the goal is to bring short-term-rentals out of the black market, New Orleans' latest proposal might be dead on arrival. Tucked into a set of proposed zoning changes&n… Read More »

Flight from New Orleans to Germany set to begin next spring, start at $399

Flight from New Orleans to Germany set to begin next spring, start at $399

June 9, 2016 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON| THEADVOCATE.COM New Orleans’ tourism bureau will put $300,000 in marketing muscle behind new seasonal flights that will link the city to Germany starting next spring. “We are going to try to keep this plane fill… Read More »

Allegiant Air Begins Non-Stop Service from New Orleans to Tulsa

Allegiant Air Begins Non-Stop Service from New Orleans to Tulsa

May 26, 2016 Latest News

    (New Orleans, LA) – Today, Allegiant Air launched service to New Orleans’ newest non-stop destination - Tulsa, Oklahoma. This new non-stop flight departs twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from Louis Arm… Read More »

More workers eligible for overtime

More workers eligible for overtime

May 18, 2016 Latest News

BY TED GRIGGS|  THEADVOCATE.COM New federal overtime regulations will make more than 4 million U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay, but the rules aren’t expected to result in widespread raises for “managers” in Louisiana.… Read More »

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Steps Up to the Plate  to Feed those in Need in New Orleans

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Steps Up to the Plate to Feed those in Need in New Orleans

May 10, 2016 Latest News

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Steps Up to the Plate to Feed those in Need in New Orleans Local hotel and lodging industry partnerships will save agencies thousands in food expenses New Orleans, LA (May 10, 2016) &ndash… Read More »

Louisiana House passes Morial Convention Center taxing power

Louisiana House passes Morial Convention Center taxing power

April 26, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Louisiana House unanimously approved legislation Tuesday (April 26) granting the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center new taxing authority to expand upriver with a 1,200-room hotel and enter… Read More »

House committee kills fire-safety bill for short-term rentals

House committee kills fire-safety bill for short-term rentals

April 26, 2016 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans state Rep. Helena Moreno offered to water down her bill requiring short-term rentals to register with the state fire marshal, but it wasn'€™t enough to save the… Read More »

Passengers, revenue climb at Louis Armstrong International Airport

Passengers, revenue climb at Louis Armstrong International Airport

April 22, 2016 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek, CityBusiness More travelers passed through Louis Armstrong International Airport in March than the same month last year. Enplanements were up 5.2 percent from about 477,000 to 489,000 passengers. Deplanements climbed from 475… Read More »

Airbnb-style rentals would have to file plans with fire marshal under proposed bill

Airbnb-style rentals would have to file plans with fire marshal under proposed bill

April 20, 2016 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Operators of Airbnb-style short-term rentals in Louisiana would have to file building plans with the state Fire Marshal's office under a bill pending in the state Legislature. Hou… Read More »

$1.7B travel industry conference headed to New Orleans

$1.7B travel industry conference headed to New Orleans

April 18, 2016 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek CityBusiness In June, about 6,000 delegates from 73 countries will visit New Orleans for an annual conference that projects $1.7 billion in direct economic impact for the city over three years. The city will host the… Read More »

Nungesser: Tourism up in 2015, another record-breaking year

Nungesser: Tourism up in 2015, another record-breaking year

April 18, 2016 Latest News

By: The Associated Press   The number of tourists coming to Louisiana keeps going up. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says 28.9 million visitors came to Louisiana last year, up by 200,000 from 2014. He says it marked the fourth consecutive year o… Read More »

New Orleans City Council members skeptical about short-term rentals of homes in residential neighborhoods

New Orleans City Council members skeptical about short-term rentals of homes in residential neighborhoods

April 13, 2016 Latest News

Jeff Adelson, The Advocate In their first in-depth discussion of regulations that would legalize short-term rentals in New Orleans, City Council members Wednesday considered how proposed rules would be enforced and whether proposed penalties are h… Read More »

On a once-abandoned block, new CBD hotel and cafe has an old New Orleans feel, modern global flavors

On a once-abandoned block, new CBD hotel and cafe has an old New Orleans feel, modern global flavors

April 12, 2016 Latest News

IAN MCNULTY| The advocate  Amid the rising tide of so many new projects in the CBD, the Catahoula Hotel is a small one that feels like it’s been here all along. Built in a pair of 19th century townhouses trimmed with cast iron, a pas… Read More »

Waivers OK'd for hotel near convention center

Waivers OK'd for hotel near convention center

April 11, 2016 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek, Reporter City Business A new hotel project near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Monday received approval from the city’s zoning board for variances on height, setback and number of floors. Developers of the si… Read More »

uberX available Louis Armstrong International Airport

uberX available Louis Armstrong International Airport

April 8, 2016 Latest News

Courtesy of Uber New Orleans Newsletter. Starting April 8, 2016, uberX is fully available to pick you up at Louis Armstrong International Airport. You’ve always had access to uberX dropoffs at MSY. Now, when your flight arrives, you can c… Read More »

2016 Cities for Most Efficient Public Spending

2016 Cities for Most Efficient Public Spending

April 6, 2016 Latest News

by Richie Bernardo WalletHub Like Rome, no great city can be built in a day. A solid foundation for an ideal metropolis often develops over decades, even centuries, and through strong economic leadership. But with an excess of borrowing … Read More »

Permits filed for hotel conversion at former UNO building

Permits filed for hotel conversion at former UNO building

April 5, 2016 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor  CityBusiness   A planned conversion of the former University of New Orleans office tower on Canal Street into a dual hotel property is set to move forward to construction. Rendering courtesy John T.… Read More »

French Quarter Festival 2016 Traffic Advisory

French Quarter Festival 2016 Traffic Advisory

April 4, 2016 Latest News

  Thursday, 4/7/2016 through Sunday, 4/10/2016 12:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Access Passes available at the Eighth District Police Station on April 1   Due to the festival’s growing crowds during the weekend, vehicular t… Read More »

Major downturn plagues Louisiana's film, TV industry 'Hollywood South' after big changes to tax credit program

Major downturn plagues Louisiana's film, TV industry 'Hollywood South' after big changes to tax credit program

March 26, 2016 Latest News

by Tyler Bridges|theadvocate.com Rihanna fought off aliens in “Battleship” at Celtic Studios’ Stage 6 in Baton Rouge. Tom Cruise flew in a bubble ship in the hangar-sized space for “Oblivion.” Stage 6 served as … Read More »

Hotel tower proposed near Morial Convention Center

Hotel tower proposed near Morial Convention Center

March 23, 2016 Latest News

Hotel tower proposed near Morial Convention Center By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor  CityBusiness    A five-story warehouse building and an adjacent parking lot near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center could b… Read More »

Starwood Hotels, owner of Westin brand, accepts takeover bid from Marriott

Starwood Hotels, owner of Westin brand, accepts takeover bid from Marriott

March 21, 2016 Latest News

By The Washington Post via NOLA.com Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. accepted an improved bid from Marriott International Inc. valued at $13.6 billion, topping an offer from a group of investors led by China's Anbang Insurance Grou… Read More »

HRI Properties secures additional backing for future development

HRI Properties secures additional backing for future development

March 17, 2016 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor   New Orleans-based HRI Properties is poised to receive additional financial backing from a New York investment firm for future projects. The redevelopment of 225 Baronne St. in the CBD into an Aloft Hote… Read More »

Renovation Report: Hilton St. Charles goes from old-world charm to modern classic

Renovation Report: Hilton St. Charles goes from old-world charm to modern classic

March 11, 2016 Latest News

By: Valerie Huntley, Market Research/Reporter - New Orleans Business Project description: Renovation of the Hilton St. Charles to incorporate the owner’s modern vision while retaining the building’s historical significance. Architect:… Read More »

Nonstop New Orleans to Missouri flights resume in May

Nonstop New Orleans to Missouri flights resume in May

March 11, 2016 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Branson AirExpress will resume nonstop seasonal flights from New Orleans to Branson, Mo., the second year flights have been offered between the two cities. Flights begin in May. Branson AirExp… Read More »

New Orleans Named One of the Best Cities in North America by Travel + Leisure

New Orleans Named One of the Best Cities in North America by Travel + Leisure

February 22, 2016 Latest News

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Superdome listed on National Register of Historic Places

Superdome listed on National Register of Historic Places

February 16, 2016 Latest News

By: Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Superdome, a 40-year-old landmark on the New Orleans skyline, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places despite an objection by the state, which owns the stadium and is … Read More »

Longer Algiers-Canal Street ferry hours will stay through 2016

Longer Algiers-Canal Street ferry hours will stay through 2016

February 13, 2016 Latest News

By Wilborn P. Nobles III, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Late service hours for the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry will continue until Dec.31, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said Friday (Feb. 12). The service, which runs&nbs… Read More »

Ace Hotels Opening in New Orleans

Ace Hotels Opening in New Orleans

February 2, 2016 Latest News

by Megan Hill; Global Traveler Ace Hotels, the super-hip chain with locations in Portland, Ore., and New York, is headed to New Orleans. The brand will open its new location inside a 1920s Art Deco building on Carondelet Street, where formerly the… Read More »

How independent hoteliers grab direct bookings

How independent hoteliers grab direct bookings

February 2, 2016 Latest News

With changes happening within the online-travel-agency space, such as consolidation, it's more important than ever for independent hoteliers to have a sound distribution strategy that focuses on direct bookings. One way to boost direct busines… Read More »

These Walls: Chateau LeMoyne hotel moves into modern era

These Walls: Chateau LeMoyne hotel moves into modern era

January 29, 2016 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports Project description: An eight-month-long renovation of Chateau LeMoyne-French Quarter, a Holiday Inn hotel at the corner of Dauphine and Bienville Streets. Address: 301 Dauphine St. Arc… Read More »

Top Construction Projects: 10. Jung Hotel Redevelopment

Top Construction Projects: 10. Jung Hotel Redevelopment

January 29, 2016 Latest News

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of stories featured in CityBusiness’ upcoming Top Construction Projects guide.  By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor Occupying an entire city block along Canal Street, the historic Jung… Read More »

Amtrak considering New Orleans to Orlando rail service

Amtrak considering New Orleans to Orlando rail service

January 27, 2016 Latest News

By The Associated Press via nola.com Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are conducting a tour along the Gulf Coast to consider the feasibility of bringing passenger rail back to the Gulf Coast, more than a decade after Hurrican… Read More »

Renovation Report: Former music instrument supplier-turned-hotel gets makeover

Renovation Report: Former music instrument supplier-turned-hotel gets makeover

January 27, 2016 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports Project: Renovation of the Interstate Electric Company Building into a Fairfield Inn & Suites Address: 346 Baronne St., New Orleans Architect: Campo Architects Contractor: Donahu… Read More »

Commission reins in proposal to legalize Airbnb-style rentals

Commission reins in proposal to legalize Airbnb-style rentals

January 26, 2016 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans should embrace small-time Airbnb-style rentals, but the legalization of outright vacation rentals is a bridge too far, the City Planning Commission said Tuesday (Jan. 26), vo… Read More »

Armstrong Airport sets record for passengers in 2015

Armstrong Airport sets record for passengers in 2015

January 22, 2016 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports More than 10.6 million passengers traveled through Louis Armstrong International Airport last year, an increase of 9.1 percent compared to 2014 and an all-time record high in total passenger numbers, according to air… Read More »

Draft rules would legalize short-term rentals in New Orleans

Draft rules would legalize short-term rentals in New Orleans

January 20, 2016 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Airbnb-style operations, currently banned in most New Orleans neighborhoods, would be legalized city-wide, if the council adopts newly released draft regulations for short-term rentals. … Read More »

RYAN BERNI NAMED DEPUTY MAYOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

RYAN BERNI NAMED DEPUTY MAYOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

January 20, 2016 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS -- Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu named Ryan Berni as Deputy Mayor of External Affairs for the City of New Orleans. In this capacity, Berni will oversee Communications, Intergovernmental Relations and Policy initiatives. These units work to … Read More »

New Orleans RTA eyes added service for 22 routes

New Orleans RTA eyes added service for 22 routes

January 19, 2016 Latest News

By The Associated Press The Regional Transit Authority is considering adding service to 22 of its routes, including overnight service on several lines. The New Orleans Advocate reports the new services, which are expected to come online … Read More »

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center upgrades accommodations with $2m. renovation

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center upgrades accommodations with $2m. renovation

January 19, 2016 Latest News

Vicky Karantzavelou Vicky Karantzavelou Vicky Karantzavelou Vicky Karantzavelou, TravelDailyNews.com NEW ORLEANS - Under the direction of new General Manager Jerry Robinson, Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center has completed a… Read More »

Henry Howard Hotel in Garden District to open Feb. 1

Henry Howard Hotel in Garden District to open Feb. 1

January 15, 2016 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune An 1860s mansion on Prytania Street in the Garden District will open Feb. 1 as the Henry Howard Hotel, named after the New Orleans architect who built the historic home. Developers Eric an… Read More »

Historic District Landmarks Commission approves NOPSI Building conversion

Historic District Landmarks Commission approves NOPSI Building conversion

January 13, 2016 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor Plans to convert a pair of Baronne Street buildings that once housed operations for the city’s utility company into a luxury hotel have garnered the support of the Historic District Landmarks Commissio… Read More »

Allegiant adds direct New Orleans flights to 2 Florida cities

Allegiant adds direct New Orleans flights to 2 Florida cities

January 12, 2016 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will add two new nonstop flights to New Orleans from Jacksonville, Fla. and St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla., airport officials said Tuesday (Jan. 12). The new fli… Read More »

Construction underway on Rampart Street extended-stay hotel

Construction underway on Rampart Street extended-stay hotel

January 12, 2016 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor, CityBusiness Contractors have completed demolition of a former electrical supply shop at the edge of the French Quarter and have started construction on a 200,000-square-foot extended-stay hotel that will occupy… Read More »

Renovation Report: J.W. Marriott adds Brazilian steakhouse

Renovation Report: J.W. Marriott adds Brazilian steakhouse

January 8, 2016 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek CityBusiness Project description: The J.W. Marriott is adding a Brazilian steakhouse as part of a planned renovation of the hotel’s three-story building fronting Canal Street. Rendering Courtesy Eskew+… Read More »

New Orleans hotels full for New Year's Eve, Sugar Bowl

New Orleans hotels full for New Year's Eve, Sugar Bowl

December 31, 2015 Latest News

By The Associated Press Tourism officials say New Year's Eve festivities and Friday's Allstate Sugar Bowl have filled the nearly 21,000 hotel rooms in downtown New Orleans and is sure to keep bars and restaurants busy through the week… Read More »

The Roosevelt named best hotel in Louisiana by Travel + Leisure

The Roosevelt named best hotel in Louisiana by Travel + Leisure

December 30, 2015 Latest News

By Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Every holiday season, the lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel is filled with glittering lights, holiday decorations and Christmas trees from floor to ceiling, and it's exactly that… Read More »

Q&C Hotel sells to California real estate trust for $51 million

Q&C Hotel sells to California real estate trust for $51 million

December 28, 2015 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A California real estate trust has purchased the 12-story, two-building Q&C Hotel in the Central Business District for $51.2 million. This is the third time the hotel has changed hands in … Read More »

John Besh names chef for reopened Caribbean Room

John Besh names chef for reopened Caribbean Room

December 21, 2015 Latest News

IAN MCNULTY| IMCNULTY@THEADVOCATE.COM The resurrection of the historic Pontchartrain Hotel is a massive undertaking with several moving parts, but a key one fell into place this past week when the Besh Restaurant Group announced that Chris Lu… Read More »

New terminal at New Orleans airport getting bigger price tag, footprint

New terminal at New Orleans airport getting bigger price tag, footprint

December 21, 2015 Latest News

By: Jeff Adelson | jadelson@theadvocate.com   The new terminal planned for Louis Armstrong International Airport is now expected to cost $50 million more and be roughly 100,000 square feet bigger than originally proposed. The New Orl… Read More »

Canal Street hotel sells to Florida group

Canal Street hotel sells to Florida group

December 2, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor The New Orleans hotel and lodging market continues to draw the attention of outside investors, as another downtown hotel property has changed hands. The recently rebranded Hotel 504 at 1300 Canal St., a 1… Read More »

Baronne Inn and Suites to Become Farfield Inn and Suites After Reno

Baronne Inn and Suites to Become Farfield Inn and Suites After Reno

November 30, 2015 Latest News

SHELTON, CT—New Castle Hotels & Resorts has closed the Baronne Inn and Suites in downtown New Orleans ahead of a $10-million, eight-month total transformation to convert the historic building to a Fairfield Inn and Suites. The hotel expects… Read More »

New Orleans hotel group helps students with career paths

New Orleans hotel group helps students with career paths

November 24, 2015 Latest News

By: CityBusiness staff reports The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation is donating $25,000 to the University of New Orleans’ Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Foundation to support students p… Read More »

Airbnb's pledge to play nice in New Orleans could clash with its business model

Airbnb's pledge to play nice in New Orleans could clash with its business model

November 23, 2015 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The question was blunt: Why does Airbnb continue to list New Orleans short-term rentals on its website if the company knows the practice is illegal in the city? All eyes in the small audit… Read More »

Allegiant Air adding New Orleans-Pittsburgh flight in February

Allegiant Air adding New Orleans-Pittsburgh flight in February

November 20, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Allegiant Air will add nonstop service between New Orleans and Pittsburgh in February, a move that will bring Louis Armstrong International Airport's list of direct destinations to 50… Read More »

New CBD hotel development up for HDLC review

New CBD hotel development up for HDLC review

November 19, 2015 Latest News

Plans for two new hotel developments in the Central Business District are up for review by an architectural review committee for the Historic District Landmarks Commission. The committee on Tuesday will discuss a plan to build a new five-story Mox… Read More »

French Quarter groups file suit to block high-rise hotel in 100 block of Royal Street

French Quarter groups file suit to block high-rise hotel in 100 block of Royal Street

November 19, 2015 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON The Advocate An array of French Quarter and preservationist groups is calling on the courts to reverse the City Council’s preliminary approval of a 190-foot-tall hotel and condominium development near Royal and Iberville… Read More »

Pontchartrain Expressway lane reconfiguration goes into effect Tuesday morning

Pontchartrain Expressway lane reconfiguration goes into effect Tuesday morning

November 17, 2015 Latest News

By Diana Samuels, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The westbound portion of U.S. 90B/Pontchartrain Expressway near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went back to being three lanes Tuesday morning (Nov. 17). The reconfiguration, re-striping the express… Read More »

In push for legalization, Airbnb releases New Orleans data for the first time

In push for legalization, Airbnb releases New Orleans data for the first time

November 17, 2015 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune After operating for six years in the bustling black market of New Orleans short-term rentals, online listing behemoth Airbnb is for the first time using its own data to paint a prof… Read More »

Marriott buys rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion

Marriott buys rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion

November 16, 2015 Latest News

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Marriott International is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion in a deal that will secure its position as the world's largest hotelier. The stock-and-cash deal, if compl… Read More »

Short-term rentals focus of University of New Orleans panel discussion

Short-term rentals focus of University of New Orleans panel discussion

November 16, 2015 Latest News

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Urban Conservancy will bring together a representative from Airbnb and  planning experts to discuss the future of short term rentals during a public forum at the University of New Orleans. Moderato… Read More »

Let the Party Begin! From Bourbon Street to the Las Vegas Strip, Spirit Airlines Gives Customers More Go

Let the Party Begin! From Bourbon Street to the Las Vegas Strip, Spirit Airlines Gives Customers More Go

November 13, 2015 Latest News

New Nonstop Flights Between Las Vegas and New Orleans Start Today MIRAMAR, Fla., Nov. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tossing beads and rolling the dice just got a lot cheaper for two of the country's ultimate party cities. Spirit Airlines begins… Read More »

Spirit Airlines adding daily nonstop Los Angeles-New Orleans service

Spirit Airlines adding daily nonstop Los Angeles-New Orleans service

November 13, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Spirit Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between New Orleans and Los Angeles in April as part of its expanding West Coast presence, the company said this week. Flights from&nb… Read More »

Medium writer tells story of father's death at Airbnb home, questions rentals' safety

Medium writer tells story of father's death at Airbnb home, questions rentals' safety

November 10, 2015 Latest News

By Diana Samuels, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A writer whose father died at an Aibrnb rental home his family was staying at in Texas is speaking out about the accident and questioning what can be done to improve safety in the "sharing … Read More »

French Quarter tower gets preliminary OK, but big hurdle remains

French Quarter tower gets preliminary OK, but big hurdle remains

November 6, 2015 Latest News

Revised Royal Street project down to 190 feet By Jeff Adelson, The New Orleans Advocate A condo and hotel project that’s become the latest flash point in the debate over the future of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood won preliminary… Read More »

Canal Street ferry terminal to be torn down, opening up riverfront

Canal Street ferry terminal to be torn down, opening up riverfront

November 5, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Canal Street ferry terminal, seen for years as an impediment to opening the Mississippi riverfront, would be torn down and replaced with a pedestrian landing on a floating barge, under a plan… Read More »

San Francisco votes down proposal to restrict Airbnb rentals

San Francisco votes down proposal to restrict Airbnb rentals

November 4, 2015 Latest News

By Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters have rejected a proposal to restrict Airbnb and a second ballot measure prompted by the city's housing crisis. Tuesday's vote went against restrictions on Airbnb… Read More »

New Orleans chosen as site of 2020 College Football Playoff title game

New Orleans chosen as site of 2020 College Football Playoff title game

November 4, 2015 Latest News

TED LEWIS, The Advocate  New Orleans is back in the national championship game business. The city was awarded the 2020 College Football Playoff title game on Wednesday, beating out five other contenders. "New Orleans is an iconic c… Read More »

Proponents say passenger rail from New Orleans to Baton Rouge gaining momentum

Proponents say passenger rail from New Orleans to Baton Rouge gaining momentum

November 4, 2015 Latest News

BY TIMOTHY BOONE| TBOONE@THEADVOCATE.COM The effort to develop a passenger rail line linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge could be gaining momentum. The topic came up Wednesday during the 10th annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit at the Sha… Read More »

John Besh will revive historic Caribbean Room at Pontchartrain Hotel

John Besh will revive historic Caribbean Room at Pontchartrain Hotel

November 2, 2015 Latest News

By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune There was a time when the Caribbean Room at the Pontchartrain Hotel ranked among New Orleans' most elegant restaurants. Birthdays would be celebrated and proposals made between bites of… Read More »

Airbnb spends $8 million to fight short-term rental limits in San Francisco, website reports

Airbnb spends $8 million to fight short-term rental limits in San Francisco, website reports

November 1, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A San Francisco ballot initiative that would limit short-term rentals has prompted Airbnb to shell out more than $8 million in a campaign to defeat the measure in Tuesday's election, Reuters.co… Read More »

$70 million first phase could begin in early 2016

$70 million first phase could begin in early 2016

November 1, 2015 Latest News

PAUL PURPURA| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE The shuttered Navy base in Algiers would be transformed into 1,600 homes and apartments within a five-minute walk of 356,000 square feet of new office and retail space, according to the latest development plan… Read More »

Holland America cruise ship to mark start of busy year for New Orleans as a port-of-call for international visitors

Holland America cruise ship to mark start of busy year for New Orleans as a port-of-call for international visitors

October 26, 2015 Latest News

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT Holland America Line’s Westerdam will call on the Port of New Orleans’ Julia Street Cruise Terminal Tuesday, marking what officials said will be the first of 19 port calls in New Orleans by seven cruise ships thro… Read More »

N.O. seeking new cruise ship terminal

N.O. seeking new cruise ship terminal

October 22, 2015 Latest News

BY RICHARD THOMPSON THE ADVOCATE The Port of New Orleans hopes to open a new cruise ship terminal near the Poland Avenue Wharf in late 2017, officials said after the Dock Board voted Thursday to seek permission to sell up to $45 million in bonds t… Read More »

Private jet to Cuba? Victor adds direct flight from New Orleans

Private jet to Cuba? Victor adds direct flight from New Orleans

October 14, 2015 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  Private jet charter service Victor is now offering direct flights from New Orleans to Cuba, part of a new service that provides curated itineraries to wealthy American travelers interest… Read More »

BGR endorses French Quarter sales tax plan for State Police

BGR endorses French Quarter sales tax plan for State Police

October 7, 2015 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  A plan to increase sales taxes in the French Quarter to pay for better security has gained the backing of an influential government watchdog group. The nonpartisan Bureau of Government… Read More »

'Yes' on French Quarter sales tax to beef up security: Editorial

'Yes' on French Quarter sales tax to beef up security: Editorial

October 7, 2015 Latest News

By The Editorial Board, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The editorial board for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune makes the following recommendation for the Oct. 24 ballot. FRENCH QUARTER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT TAX PROPOSITION To levy .249… Read More »

CBD

CBD

October 7, 2015 Latest News

Canopy by Hilton hotel coming to CBD BY RICHARD THOMPSON,  The Advocate  The Oil and Gas Building in the Central Business District, a steel and glass skyscraper that’s been largely vacant for more than a decade, will be renovate… Read More »

New Orleans Saints partner with Carnival Cruise Lines

New Orleans Saints partner with Carnival Cruise Lines

October 2, 2015 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Saints have signed a multi-year agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines to boost the exposure of both brands in the New Orleans area the cruise line said Friday (Oct. 2). Carni… Read More »

UNO building on Canal Street, plans 'dual-branded' hotel

UNO building on Canal Street, plans 'dual-branded' hotel

October 1, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A Dallas-based hotel developer has acquired the former University of New Orleans tower on Canal Street downtown, the latest sign of real estate investors' growing interest&n… Read More »

French Market targets parking lots for mixed-use

French Market targets parking lots for mixed-use

September 30, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Surface parking lots are a dying breed in New Orleans, as real estate developers move from historic renovations into new construction in wealthier, more sought-after neighborhoods.&… Read More »

GLO Announces New Service to Three Cities

GLO Announces New Service to Three Cities

September 30, 2015 Latest News

New Orleans-owned, based operator announces service from Armstrong International NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that GLO will begin nonstop service to t… Read More »

People on both sides of short-term rental issue have their say at New Orleans Planning Commission meeting

People on both sides of short-term rental issue have their say at New Orleans Planning Commission meeting

September 29, 2015 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON, THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE  Supporters and opponents of short-term rentals in New Orleans clashed Tuesday evening before the City Planning Commission, early in a process that could shape how websites like Airbnb are allowed to … Read More »

NEW ORLEANS ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER ANNOUNCES DATES  FOR NOLA CHRISTMASFEST 2015

NEW ORLEANS ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER ANNOUNCES DATES FOR NOLA CHRISTMASFEST 2015

September 18, 2015 Latest News

Holiday Festival Expands to Include an Indoor Ice Skating Rink (New Orleans, La.) – The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center today announced the dates for the third annual NOLA ChristmasFest, which will kick off on Friday, December… Read More »

Four Seasons investors finalize World Trade Center deal in New Orleans

Four Seasons investors finalize World Trade Center deal in New Orleans

September 15, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A bevy of investors in the proposed Four Seasons at the World Trade Center inked agreements Tuesday (Sept. 15) for one of the priciest real estate deals in New Orleans history, clearing … Read More »

Should New Orleans expand hotel condos across the city?

Should New Orleans expand hotel condos across the city?

September 9, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  Four Seasons in 1982 started selling condos inside its high-end hotels, offering full-time residents the perks of being a hotel guest. Now a widely used concept across the hotel industry, … Read More »

Tax break approved for North Rampart hotel project

Tax break approved for North Rampart hotel project

August 26, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor August 26, 2015 Developers looking to build a 200,000-square-foot extended stay hotel that would occupy an entire block of North Rampart Street have been granted a tax break to help move the project forward, but … Read More »

City planning commission turns down 26-story hotel

City planning commission turns down 26-story hotel

August 25, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor August 25, 2015 New Orleans planning officials today turned down a proposed 26-story hotel and condo proposed for the 100 block of Royal Street near the Central Business District. Developer Angelo Farrell is s… Read More »

City Council overrides Planning Commission on Virgin Hotel

City Council overrides Planning Commission on Virgin Hotel

August 24, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor August 24, 2015 A project that would bring a new Virgin Hotel property to a downtown surface parking lot a block from Poydras Street has been granted approval by the New Orleans City Council. The council last … Read More »

NOPD PARTNERS WITH NEW ORLEANS POLICE AND JUSTICE FOUNDATION TO  INCREASE PRIVATE SECURITY CAMERAS IN CRIME HOT SPOTS

NOPD PARTNERS WITH NEW ORLEANS POLICE AND JUSTICE FOUNDATION TO INCREASE PRIVATE SECURITY CAMERAS IN CRIME HOT SPOTS

August 20, 2015 Latest News

Today, the NOPD and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation (NOPJF) announced a new initiative that aims to increase the number of private security cameras in crime hot spots across the city. Adopt-A-Block works with churches, businesses and ho… Read More »

Spirit Airlines adds nonstop flights from New Orleans

Spirit Airlines adds nonstop flights from New Orleans

August 12, 2015 Latest News

Spirit Airlines will begin nonstop, daily flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Las Vegas beginning in November, the company said today. The new service begins Nov. 13. It brings the total number of Spirit nonstop flights to six de… Read More »

10 years after Katrina, New Orleans' tourism industry reborn

10 years after Katrina, New Orleans' tourism industry reborn

August 12, 2015 Latest News

By: The Associated Press August 11, 2015  Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city’s tourism has not only rebounded. It’s practically been reinvented. New Orleans had just 3.7 million visitors in 2006, the fi… Read More »

Canal Street bottleneck for RTA streetcar work ends

Canal Street bottleneck for RTA streetcar work ends

August 12, 2015 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The bottleneck that has gripped one of Canal Street's busiest intersections for the past month while crews install a new streetcar track is over, the Regional Transit Authority has announc… Read More »

Piazza d'Italia site redevelopment nets five proposals

Piazza d'Italia site redevelopment nets five proposals

August 6, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor August 6, 2015  The city of New Orleans will weigh the merits of five development groups proposing a redevelopment plan for a pair of city-owned surface parking lots surrounding the Piazza d’Italia in … Read More »

Ace Hotel to open in New Orleans Warehouse District

Ace Hotel to open in New Orleans Warehouse District

August 4, 2015 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Ace Hotel will open a new location in New Orleans' Warehouse District in mid-2016, the company announced Tuesday (August 4). It confirmed rumors that began after the Domain Companies bought … Read More »

Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman to play intimate house concerts to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman to play intimate house concerts to benefit Habitat for Humanity

August 3, 2015 Latest News

By Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Randy Newman are scheduled to perform a pair of intimate concerts at the end of August to benefit the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, both at private … Read More »

Canal Street Hotel downtown sells to local investors for $4.8 million

Canal Street Hotel downtown sells to local investors for $4.8 million

July 31, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  The 1960s-era Canal Street Hotel downtown sold this week for $4.8 million to a group that includes French Quarter hotelier Michael Valentino. The red brick, shuttered hotel at Canal Street… Read More »

MAJOR STRUCTURAL WORK ON CAUSEWAY begins Aug 3

MAJOR STRUCTURAL WORK ON CAUSEWAY begins Aug 3

July 30, 2015 Latest News

Carlton Dufrechou   Beginning Monday, August 3, work will begin to make the Causeway more storm resilient by relocating the utility vaults from the lower and more storm vulnerable sections of the bridge.   In order to avoid impa… Read More »

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER ADVISORY CANCELLED FOR EASTBANK OF NEW ORLEANS

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER ADVISORY CANCELLED FOR EASTBANK OF NEW ORLEANS

July 25, 2015 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS - The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB), in consultation with the state Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), cancelled the precautionary boil water advisory for residents and businesses on the Eastbank of New … Read More »

New Orleans Launches 11th Annual COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month  with More Than 60 Restaurants Participating Throughout August

New Orleans Launches 11th Annual COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month with More Than 60 Restaurants Participating Throughout August

July 20, 2015 Latest News

Special monthly culinary promotion celebrates New Orleans' incredible cuisine and dining The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced the line-up of world-class restaurants for its eleventh annual COOLinary New Orleans … Read More »

City Planning Commission rejects 14-story Virgin Hotel over height concerns

City Planning Commission rejects 14-story Virgin Hotel over height concerns

July 14, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A proposed Virgin Hotel on Baronne Street was rejected by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday amid concerns over the 14-story building's height, although a few commissioners … Read More »

New Orleans Named Second Best City in America by Travel + Leisure Readers

New Orleans Named Second Best City in America by Travel + Leisure Readers

July 8, 2015 Latest News

Second consecutive year the city has ranked No.2. among cities in the U.S. and Canada NEW ORLEANS – (July 8, 2015) – New Orleans continues to charm visitors and garner international acclaim, most recently by being named today as the No… Read More »

NOLA Regional Leadership Institute recognizes its 2015 graduates

NOLA Regional Leadership Institute recognizes its 2015 graduates

July 7, 2015 Latest News

By NOLA Community Submission The Times-Picayune     The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute recently recognized 39 graduates of its class of 2015, which is comprised of business, civic and community leaders from the 10-… Read More »

Go 4th on the River

Go 4th on the River

July 1, 2015 Latest News

Riverfront Marketing Group to Celebrate
 25th Anniversary of the Dueling Barges Fireworks Display on the Historic New Orleans Riverfront! For the full article, visit Press Release. … Read More »

New Orleans tourism thinks green to attract business

New Orleans tourism thinks green to attract business

June 24, 2015 Latest News

By: Maria Clark, Reporter  CityBusiness  Business is booming for the Composting Network, a relatively new company that provides composting services for hotels, restaurants and private residents in New Orleans. Joe Brock launched … Read More »

Streetcar work extends to Saenger

Streetcar work extends to Saenger

June 24, 2015 Latest News

By: Lance Traweek  The city’s downtown streetcar construction will soon veer into a major intersection, but access to the Saenger Theatre and nearby businesses will remain, officials said today. Half of the intersection of Canal and … Read More »

New Orleans Business Alliance Names New President and CEO

New Orleans Business Alliance Names New President and CEO

June 24, 2015 Latest News

Julia Ballard, siliconbayounews.com The New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) has selected a new President and CEO, Quentin L. Messer, Jr. NOLABA is the city’s official economic development agency working to brng high value jobs and… Read More »

Director Honored with Citizen of the Year Award  Rotary Club of Metairie Selects Iftikhar Ahmad for Prestigious Award

Director Honored with Citizen of the Year Award Rotary Club of Metairie Selects Iftikhar Ahmad for Prestigious Award

June 23, 2015 Latest News

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that Director of Aviation, Iftikhar Ahmad, is the 2015 recipient of Rotary Club of Metairie’s Citizen of the Year Award. The Rot… Read More »

CBD office redevelopment targets more millennials

CBD office redevelopment targets more millennials

June 19, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor  A 30-story skyscraper that had once been part of a void of activity in the heart of the Central Business District is the latest example of the changing face of downtown real estate. HRI Properties is nea… Read More »

Sale price on Le Pavillon Hotel topped $62 million

Sale price on Le Pavillon Hotel topped $62 million

June 19, 2015 Latest News

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT The 226-room Le Pavillon Hotel sold for $62.5 million when it was acquired this week by Dallas-based Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. At the time, American Financial Group of Ohio did not disclose the name of the buyer or am… Read More »

Metairie hotels aim for longer-term guests

Metairie hotels aim for longer-term guests

June 9, 2015 Latest News

By: Tegan Wendland, Reporter Severn Avenue in Metairie is anticipating more overnight and extended-stay travelers, with two new luxury hotels currently under construction and the existing Best Western undergoing major renovations. Hotel owners… Read More »

Le Pavillon Hotel sells to Dallas company

Le Pavillon Hotel sells to Dallas company

June 8, 2015 Latest News

By Greg LaRose, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Le Pavillon Hotel on Poydras Street is under new ownership for the first time in 26 years. According to parish records, longtime owners Brothers Property Corp. of Florida sold the 226-room propert… Read More »

Hotel conversion begins at Oil & Gas building

Hotel conversion begins at Oil & Gas building

June 5, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor CityBusiness The developers converting the former Oil & Gas building in the Central Business District into a new hotel property have started the early stages of the project. The city of New Orleans on Wedn… Read More »

NOPD, LSP ANNOUNCE NEW HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

NOPD, LSP ANNOUNCE NEW HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

June 3, 2015 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS—Today, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson announced a new partnership that will put LSP Troopers on New Orleans interstates to focus on traffic safety and enforcement… Read More »

Renovation takes Pontchartrain Hotel into its prime

Renovation takes Pontchartrain Hotel into its prime

May 19, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor CityBusiness Although their plan includes a complete top to bottom renovation, the new owners of the Pontchartrain Hotel said many of the well-known features of the storied property will stay the same. AJ Capi… Read More »

New Orleans could be in running to bid on Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020

New Orleans could be in running to bid on Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020

May 18, 2015 Latest News

By Terrance Harris, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  New Orleans could be in the running to host a record 11th Super Bowl when the NFL sends out invites on Wednesday for cities to host Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020. After losing out to Minnea… Read More »

European-style boutique hotel planned for Canal Street, website reports

European-style boutique hotel planned for Canal Street, website reports

May 14, 2015 Latest News

Richard A. Webster, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A vacant building on Canal Street, directly across from the new multi-billion dollar medical complex, could be redeveloped into a boutique hotel, according to the Mid-City Messenger. Developer … Read More »

City wants proposals for Piazza d'Italia redevelopment

City wants proposals for Piazza d'Italia redevelopment

May 13, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor A pair of surface parking lots adjacent to the Piazza d’Italia public plaza in the Central Business district is being pegged for new development by the city. In an effort to take better advantage of the … Read More »

New Orleans airport announces non-stops to Dominican Republic

New Orleans airport announces non-stops to Dominican Republic

May 13, 2015 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleanians will soon be able to travel to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, aboard seasonal non-stop flights organized by tour operator Vacation Express. Flying out of Louisiana Armstrong N… Read More »

Increase in capital boosts HRI Properties' revenue

Increase in capital boosts HRI Properties' revenue

May 11, 2015 Latest News

By Robin Shannon, Managing Editor Editor’s note: This series of profiles looks at the fastest-growing companies in the New Orleans area, revenue-wise, over the past three years. HRI Properties has been able to capitalize on an increasing … Read More »

Canal Street building targeted for hotel catering to hospital complex

Canal Street building targeted for hotel catering to hospital complex

May 8, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  A vacant building across from the $2 billion Mid-City hospital complex has been targeted for a new hotel catering to patients and their families. The five-story office building a… Read More »

AOL co-founder Steve Case: New Orleans poised as next 'great startup city'

AOL co-founder Steve Case: New Orleans poised as next 'great startup city'

May 8, 2015 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  As New Orleans strives to become the nation's next startup hub, its strongest asset is the intense interest locals have to staying and growing in the city, AOL co-founder Steve Case said … Read More »

State issues insurance warnings regarding short term rentals

State issues insurance warnings regarding short term rentals

May 8, 2015 Latest News

By: Tegan Wendland, Reporter CityBusiness The Louisiana Department of Insurance is warning homeowners and renters of the risks associated with short-term rentals. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said the recommendations are in respons… Read More »

New Orleans World Trade Center lease up for City Council vote

New Orleans World Trade Center lease up for City Council vote

May 7, 2015 Latest News

By Katherin Sayre, NOLA.com The New Orleans City Council is expected to vote Thursday (May 7) on leasing the former World Trade Center building to developers planning a Four Seasons hotel and condo for the vacant tower.  A 124-page ag… Read More »

Louisiana ranks 7th best state for business: Chief Executive magazine

Louisiana ranks 7th best state for business: Chief Executive magazine

May 7, 2015 Latest News

By Renita D. Young, NOLA.com | The Times Picayune    If CEOs are looking for a state that fosters growth through progressive development programs, a quality living environment  and low taxes, Louisiana ranks among the b… Read More »

New Orleans Convention Center board approves plans for new park

New Orleans Convention Center board approves plans for new park

May 5, 2015 Latest News

BY JAQUETTA WHITE The New Orleans Advocate The first step in a massive overhaul of the area surrounding the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has won approval from the meeting hall’s board. The facility’s governing board last week … Read More »

Jazz Fest attendance breaks post-Katrina record

Jazz Fest attendance breaks post-Katrina record

May 5, 2015 Latest News

WWLTV.com NEW ORLEANS - The sun-filled final weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, fueled by performances by Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Trombone Shorty, T.I., and No Doubt, drew 460,000 fans - the highest attendance … Read More »

Hundreds of New Orleans Hospitality Industry Members Unite to Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

Hundreds of New Orleans Hospitality Industry Members Unite to Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

May 4, 2015 Latest News

eGlobalTravelMedia.com Today, New Orleans kicked-off a week-long celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week. Hundreds of industry members rallied at the House of Blues for a New Orleans-style celebration including a brass band, aerial dancers… Read More »

Nonstop flights boost Lakefront's expansion plans

Nonstop flights boost Lakefront's expansion plans

May 1, 2015 Latest News

By Natalie Chandler, Editor By popular demand, nonstop flights to Memphis and the Florida Panhandle are back, and Lakefront Airport hopes its revival is soon to follow. The routes that begin this month are part of a plan to bring the airport ba… Read More »

Renovations to begin on Pontchartrain Hotel

Renovations to begin on Pontchartrain Hotel

April 30, 2015 Latest News

By Robin Shannon, Manging Editor The new owners of the Pontchartrain Hotel are moving forward this week with a more than $10 million renovation of the historic property. AJ Capital Partners of Chicago announced today that the 106-room hotel at … Read More »

Renovations planned to modernize in-stadium fan experience

Renovations planned to modernize in-stadium fan experience

April 22, 2015 Latest News

By The Associated Press, City Business The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have announced plans to renovate the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. Officials said in a press release Tuesday that an agreement has been reached a… Read More »

Lakefront Airport to offer non-stop flights to Memphis, Destin

Lakefront Airport to offer non-stop flights to Memphis, Destin

April 22, 2015 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  Non-stop flights between New Orleans and Memphis will begin at Lakefront Airport on May 26th, Southern Airways, the airline announced today. Direct flights between the two cities existed fo… Read More »

Fewer visitors, more revenue at local casinos

Fewer visitors, more revenue at local casinos

April 22, 2015 Latest News

By Maria Clark, Reporter The four gaming sites in the New Orleans area saw a slight uptick in revenue in March compared to the month before, even with fewer visitors. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board reported a nearly 7 percent increase to $5… Read More »

Uber, Lyft get the green light: New Orleans City Council votes to allow ride-hailing companies to operate

Uber, Lyft get the green light: New Orleans City Council votes to allow ride-hailing companies to operate

April 9, 2015 Latest News

By Jeff Adelson, The Advocate A framework of regulations for ride-hailing services passed the New Orleans City Council on Thursday, but the companies that would be authorized by the measure continued to say the rules would keep them out of th… Read More »

Vacant Tulane Avenue hotel sells

Vacant Tulane Avenue hotel sells

April 9, 2015 Latest News

By Robin Shannon, The Advocate A vacant hotel property that is among the largest pieces of available real estate along Tulane Avenue recently changed hands after more than three years on the market. The Americas Best Value Inn, 2820 Tulane… Read More »

Plans for boutique hotel on Frenchman Street win approval at City Council

Plans for boutique hotel on Frenchman Street win approval at City Council

April 9, 2015 Latest News

By Jaquetta White The City Council on Thursday approved plans to turn an unoccupied Frenchmen Street building into a boutique hotel, overturning an earlier denial from the City Planning Commission. Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey, whose distric… Read More »

New Orleans installing solar-powered trash compactors that can hold five times as much trash, alert workers when they're full

New Orleans installing solar-powered trash compactors that can hold five times as much trash, alert workers when they're full

April 8, 2015 Latest News

By Jaquetta White New Orleans on Monday began installing solar-powered trash compactors on street corners in the French Quarter and Central Business District, hoping to reduce the frequency of trash collection and cut back on litter. The city p… Read More »

Fate of Frenchmen Street hotel in council's hands

Fate of Frenchmen Street hotel in council's hands

April 8, 2015 Latest News

By Richard A. Webster, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A vacant, two-story building at the corner of Frenchmen and Royal streets that once served as a refuge for wayward boys could be redeveloped into a boutique hotel if the City Council T… Read More »

Film industry pushing its own study of La. tax break program

Film industry pushing its own study of La. tax break program

April 7, 2015 Latest News

By: The Associated Press BATON ROUGE — Fighting to keep its lucrative tax break program from being gutted, the film industry Monday circulated an economic analysis of the program’s impact in Louisiana that was rosier than a state-… Read More »

5 big changes at French Quarter Fest 2015: Parking, food, transit, stages and kids

5 big changes at French Quarter Fest 2015: Parking, food, transit, stages and kids

April 7, 2015 Latest News

By Chris Waddington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune French Quarter Festival (April 9-12) resembles an old New Orleans friend, one valued both for her changeless habits, and her graceful adjustments to change. The 2015 edition brings a hos… Read More »

Why New Orleans officials, ride-hailing services Uber, Lyft still at odds over some proposed regulations

Why New Orleans officials, ride-hailing services Uber, Lyft still at odds over some proposed regulations

April 2, 2015 Latest News

By: Jeff Adelson, The Advocate Disagreements over proposed regulations for ride-hailing services in New Orleans continue to divide city officials and the companies lobbying to be allowed to operate in the city, with two of the largest compani… Read More »

Four Seasons picked to develop former World Trade Center Tower

Four Seasons picked to develop former World Trade Center Tower

March 24, 2015 Latest News

Advocate story Carpenter & Company and Woodward LLC, which has proposed turning the vacant World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street into a Four Seasons hotel, was selected Tuesday to begin negotiating a lease with the city for t… Read More »

Medical corridor prompts longer lodging trend

Medical corridor prompts longer lodging trend

March 23, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter, City Business As the Mid-City medical corridor along lower Canal Street inches closer to reality and the two new billion-dollar hospitals open to patients, hotel industry analysts say the city’s recent lodgi… Read More »

The Jung Hotel on Canal Street latest target in New Orleans redevelopment

The Jung Hotel on Canal Street latest target in New Orleans redevelopment

March 16, 2015 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Jung Hotel, which has languished at the riverside corner of Canal and LaSalle streets after suffering serious damage during the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina, could be slate… Read More »

PKF forecasts record occupancy in 2015

PKF forecasts record occupancy in 2015

March 16, 2015 Latest News

By: Elliott Mest, Hotel Management online Optimism is in the air in the hospitality industry. March began with CEOs and GMs explaining their lofty expectations for the year at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin,… Read More »

Kevin Allman and Alex Woodward on short-term rental laws in New Orleans

Kevin Allman and Alex Woodward on short-term rental laws in New Orleans

March 9, 2015 Latest News

By Kevin Allman and Alex Woodward, Gambit New Orleans W hether you like a traditional Southern canopy bed or don't mind sleeping on an inflatable mattress on the floor, short-term rental services like Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and Couchsur… Read More »

City Council committee votes to let Uber operate, but company rejects some conditions

City Council committee votes to let Uber operate, but company rejects some conditions

March 7, 2015 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON and RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS, The Advocate Ride-hailing services in New Orleans moved a bit closer to reality Thursday, with a measure that would allow them to operate sailing out of a City Council committee despite criticism from… Read More »

North Rampart Street hotel, apartments planned for whole city block

North Rampart Street hotel, apartments planned for whole city block

March 4, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com , The Times-Picayune One large block of North Rampart Street could be transformed with a developer's plan to knock down an existing building and construct a five-story, 200,000-square-foot mixed-use hotel… Read More »

Carnival bringing larger cruise ship to New Orleans; the name may be familiar

Carnival bringing larger cruise ship to New Orleans; the name may be familiar

March 2, 2015 Latest News

By Ted Griggs, The Advocate Carnival Cruise Lines announced Monday that it is increasing its cruise capacity in New Orleans by replacing the smaller Carnival Elation ship with the Carnival Triumph. Carnival Triumph will shift from Galvesto… Read More »

Rault Center to be developed into 185-room Joie de Vivre hotel in New Orleans CBD

Rault Center to be developed into 185-room Joie de Vivre hotel in New Orleans CBD

March 2, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A Conneticut-based developer has purchased the Rault Center in the Central Business District and plans to renovate the 17-story vacant building into a Joie de Vivre brand boutique … Read More »

Viking to make New Orleans home port for high-end river cruises

Viking to make New Orleans home port for high-end river cruises

February 25, 2015 Latest News

By: Richard Thompson, The Advocate Viking River Cruises, a major provider of high-end river cruises on other continents, will make New Orleans the home port for its first North American itineraries, which will travel along the Mississippi Riv… Read More »

Metairie developers planning hundreds of hotel suites on Severn Avenue

Metairie developers planning hundreds of hotel suites on Severn Avenue

February 24, 2015 Latest News

By Ben Myers, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune Three separate hotel projects across the street from one another on Severn Avenue in Metairie aim to bring online more than 200 suites over the next year. Although they are offering similar niche pro… Read More »

New Orleans Film Festival now an Oscar-qualifying event

New Orleans Film Festival now an Oscar-qualifying event

February 19, 2015 Latest News

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT The New Orleans Film Festival has been chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifier in the documentary short subject category. Recipients of the New Orleans Film Festival’s… Read More »

Essence Festival in New Orleans to feature Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu

Essence Festival in New Orleans to feature Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu

February 18, 2015 Latest News

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT The Essence Festival announced its first round of 2015 talent Wednesday. The musical component of the 21stEssence Festival, taking place July 2-5 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, will include rap star Kendrick Lamar, in his Es… Read More »

New Orleans gets direct flights to Panama City

New Orleans gets direct flights to Panama City

February 7, 2015 Latest News

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS, THE ADVOCATE Copa Airlines of Panama will be launching service to that Central American country’s capital city from Louis Armstrong International Airport this summer, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Thursday. … Read More »

Council approves new hotels in French Quarter, Warehouse District

Council approves new hotels in French Quarter, Warehouse District

February 7, 2015 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON Two new downtown hotels — including the first new hotel to be built in the French Quarter in nearly half a century — got the go-ahead from the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. The unrelated projects have bo… Read More »

Doubletree New Orleans sells for $85 million

Doubletree New Orleans sells for $85 million

February 4, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter , City Business Another prime hotel property in the downtown area has changed hands. The Doubletree New Orleans on Canal Street recently sold to a Chicago real estate investment firm. Walton Street Capital,… Read More »

Armstrong seeks to build on passenger momentum

Armstrong seeks to build on passenger momentum

February 4, 2015 Latest News

By Robin Shannon, Reporter City Business Armstrong Airport trumpeted the news last week that it finally surpassed pre-Hurricane Katrina passenger numbers in 2014, nine years after the storm. On Thursday, it plans to announce a new direct… Read More »

Sites chosen for 2 Moxy hotels in New Orleans

Sites chosen for 2 Moxy hotels in New Orleans

January 30, 2015 Latest News

By Robin Shannon, Reporter City Business A hotel brand specifically geared to the millennial traveler is set to make its debut in the New Orleans area. Marriott International announced this week it plans to introduce its new Moxy Hote… Read More »

New Orleans airport announces new non-stops to Branson, Cincinnati and Cancun

New Orleans airport announces new non-stops to Branson, Cincinnati and Cancun

January 29, 2015 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is getting three new non-stop flights to Branson, Mo., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cancun, Mexico. Starting May 6, Branson AirExpress, operated by… Read More »

$75M deal includes three hotels, garage

$75M deal includes three hotels, garage

January 26, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter, City Business A New York investment firm recently closed on its purchase of three Hampton Inn properties in the New Orleans area and a six-story downtown garage in a deal worth more than $75 million. Through an… Read More »

Uber legalization ordinances proposed by New Orleans City Council members

Uber legalization ordinances proposed by New Orleans City Council members

January 23, 2015 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans drivers would be able to use their vehicles as part-time taxicabs, dispatched through "ride-sharing" phone applications such as Uber and Lyft under a newly proposed ordi… Read More »

Warehouse District hotel gains design approval

Warehouse District hotel gains design approval

January 23, 2015 Latest News

By Greg LaRose, Editor, City Business Plans to build a new hotel on a Warehouse District parking lot continue to move forward as the Historic District Landmarks Commission granted design approval for the project. During a meeting Wednesday… Read More »

Family sells third CBD hotel within a year

Family sells third CBD hotel within a year

January 21, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter, City Business The steady pace of hotel transactions in the New Orleans area continues into 2015 as another Central Business District property has changed hands. A Connecticut hotel development firm made its fir… Read More »

State police plan deployment of 150 for New Orleans' Mardi Gras

State police plan deployment of 150 for New Orleans' Mardi Gras

January 21, 2015 Latest News

By Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A deployment of 150 Louisiana State Police troopers and Department of Public Safety officers will descend on the New Orleans area to assist the city's police force during Mardi Gr… Read More »

Boomtown Casino $20 million hotel opens in Harvey

Boomtown Casino $20 million hotel opens in Harvey

January 21, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A few dozen dignitaries gathered on the banks of the Harvey Canal on Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million hotel at Boomtown Casino New Orleans, a project that casino owners and local poli… Read More »

Mardi Gras 2015 tourism expectations high with cheap gas, sunnier economic outlook

Mardi Gras 2015 tourism expectations high with cheap gas, sunnier economic outlook

January 20, 2015 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Cheap gas, hopes for good weather and New Orleans' reputation as a hot destination could pave the way for a big Carnival season, tourism industry officials sa… Read More »

Two downtown hotels sell for nearly $35 million

Two downtown hotels sell for nearly $35 million

January 13, 2015 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter City Business New Orleans hotels continue to be popular among real estate investors as two more properties changed ownership at the close of the year. According to Orleans Parish conveyance documents, Clear… Read More »

Cruise passengers surpass 1 million in New Orleans

Cruise passengers surpass 1 million in New Orleans

January 13, 2015 Latest News

By: Natalie Chandler, Managing Editor, City Business More cruise ship passengers traveled through the Port of New Orleans last year than any other time in history, port officials said today. Just more than 1 million passengers embarked and… Read More »

New Orleans makes New York Times' list of top 2015 travel destinations

New Orleans makes New York Times' list of top 2015 travel destinations

January 11, 2015 Latest News

By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans' economic recovery since Hurricane Katrina and its growing arts scene made it one of The New York Times' 52 top travel destinations for 2015, the year that… Read More »

Metairie hotel switches to Wyndham Garden flag, sells for $11.9 million

Metairie hotel switches to Wyndham Garden flag, sells for $11.9 million

January 8, 2015 Latest News

By Ben Myers, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The hotel at Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Interstate 10 in Metairie now has new owners, on the heels of its conversion to a new flag. OM Capital NOLA LLC acquired the 220-room hotel last month… Read More »

Governance

Governance

December 31, 2014 Latest News

The administration of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association is the responsibility of the Board of Directors.GNOHLA 2015 Board of DirectorsPast Presidents … Read More »

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

December 31, 2014 Latest News

Robert BrayPresident New Orleans Marriott HotelDavid TeichVice-President/President ElectWindsor Court HotelJim CookSecretary/TreasurerSheraton New Orleans HotelDavid BilbeChairman of the Board Westin New Orleans Canal PlaceMavis EarlyExecutive Direct… Read More »

Rough Guides has named New Orleans the #3 destination in the world

Rough Guides has named New Orleans the #3 destination in the world

December 29, 2014 Latest News

Travel publication Rough Guides has named New Orleans the #3 destination in the world. Starting with a Bob Dylan quote - “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better” - the write-up continues with: "A decade on from … Read More »

Le Meridien hotel opens on Poydras Street, replacing W Hotel

Le Meridien hotel opens on Poydras Street, replacing W Hotel

December 18, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneStarwood Hotel's Le Méridien opened on Poydras Street this week after a $29 million renovation, replacing the W Hotel brand.The Parisian-inspired Le Méridien brand focuses on mid-century mode… Read More »

New Orleans World Trade Center building proposals: Five hotel brands, five approaches

New Orleans World Trade Center building proposals: Five hotel brands, five approaches

December 17, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The tale of reviving the vacant former World Trade Center in downtown New Orleans is a twisted one. In the latest plot, city leaders now have five initial proposals for turning the 33-story building i… Read More »

Press Releases

Press Releases

December 9, 2014 Latest News

Innkeepers invite local businesses to Google local search workshopAllegiant Air Joins New Orleans Airline RosterOmni Royal Orleans to host "New Orleans-Historic Hotels" Book SigningNon-stop Cancun Service to Increase in 2015: Delta Air Lines Adding… Read More »

Renovated hotel turns to local history for new name

Renovated hotel turns to local history for new name

December 1, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessThe owners of the Ambassador Hotel on the edge of the Warehouse District are set to reopen the property in the spring under a new name following a nine-month renovation.The 167-room boutique hotel at 535 Tchoup… Read More »

Allegiant Air Joins New Orleans Airline Roster

Allegiant Air Joins New Orleans Airline Roster

December 1, 2014 Latest News

New nonstop destinations break all previous records in New Orleans(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service from four destinations beginning early … Read More »

Ambassador Hotel headed for re-branding in nod to Warehouse District history

Ambassador Hotel headed for re-branding in nod to Warehouse District history

December 1, 2014 Latest News

Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune   The owners of The Ambassador Hotel in the Warehouse District are rebranding the property in a nod to the 16… Read More »

Norwegian, Port of NOLA reach four-year deal

Norwegian, Port of NOLA reach four-year deal

November 24, 2014 Latest News

By: Natalie Chandler, Managing Editor, CityBusinessThe Port of New Orleans and Norwegian Cruise Line have approved an agreement that will keep the company’s ships in the city for at least four more years, port president and CEO Gary LaGrange sa… Read More »

Bigger hotel brands jump into latest competition

Bigger hotel brands jump into latest competition

November 20, 2014 Latest News

BY JAQUETTA WHITE, The AdvocateThe city will have its pick of nearly a dozen proposals from local and national developers as it tries once again to redevelop the long-vacant former World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street.A call for qu… Read More »

Tourist market eyed with flights to Florida, Ohio, Indiana

Tourist market eyed with flights to Florida, Ohio, Indiana

November 19, 2014 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON, The AdvocateLouis Armstrong International Airport will add direct flights to the Midwest and Florida next year through a budget-priced carrier focused on vacation destinations.With the new Allegiant Air flights, the New Orleans airpo… Read More »

Seasonal 2015 Non-Stop International Flights from New Orleans Announced

Seasonal 2015 Non-Stop International Flights from New Orleans Announced

November 12, 2014 Latest News

Cancun Service Returns and New Service to Punta Cana to Start(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Vacation Express, one of the largest tour operators in the southeast United States, are pleased to announce t… Read More »

The Pontchartrain Hotel sells to Chicago investment firm with plans to restore old world charm

The Pontchartrain Hotel sells to Chicago investment firm with plans to restore old world charm

November 10, 2014 Latest News

By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneA Chicago real estate investment firm has purchased the storied Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, once one of the top destinations for the rich and famous enjoying extended stays in the city. … Read More »

Omni takes over management, re-branding of former Wyndham Riverfront Hotel

Omni takes over management, re-branding of former Wyndham Riverfront Hotel

November 10, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneOmni Hotels & Resorts will take over management of the Wyndham Riverfront on Convention Center Boulevard after an $8 million renovation, the Dallas-based company said Tuesday."We are excited about … Read More »

Non-stop Cancun Service to Increase in 2015

Non-stop Cancun Service to Increase in 2015

October 29, 2014 Latest News

Delta Air Lines Adding Cancun to New Orleans Schedule(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that Delta Air Lines will begin Saturday only non-stop service to Cancun, Mexico from New Orle… Read More »

The AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon has named Tracy Duplechain as Director of Sales.

The AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon has named Tracy Duplechain as Director of Sales.

October 27, 2014 Latest News

The AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon, a 220-room European- inspired, design-led hotel, opening its doors soon in the heart of downtown New Orleans, has named Tracy Duplechain as Director of Sales.Tracy will be responsible for building new business, incre… Read More »

HRI Properties Secures $150 Million Investment from Almanac Realty Investors

HRI Properties Secures $150 Million Investment from Almanac Realty Investors

October 24, 2014 Latest News

New Orleans – October 22, 2014 – HRI Properties, Inc. (“HRI”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with affiliates of Almanac Realty Investors LLC (“Almanac”), under which Almanac has committed to … Read More »

AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon Appoints Melisa Kennedy General Manager

AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon Appoints Melisa Kennedy General Manager

October 14, 2014 Latest News

Names Shronette Davis, Assistant General Manager and Blake Duke, Senior Sales ManagerNEW ORLEANS, La. (August 14, 2014) – The AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon, a 220-room European-inspired hotel, opening soon in the heart of downtown New Orleans, h… Read More »

Hyatt House hotel coming to New Orleans

Hyatt House hotel coming to New Orleans

October 14, 2014 Latest News

By Jerry Limone, Travelweekly.comPart of a 24-story office building in New Orleans’ Central Business District will be redeveloped into a Hyatt House hotel, and plans call for a second-floor skybridge connecting it with the Hyatt Regency.The lob… Read More »

Interim no more: Michael Harrison named NOPD superintendent

Interim no more: Michael Harrison named NOPD superintendent

October 14, 2014 Latest News

By Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneAfter spending the last eight weeks as interim chief, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has officially named Michael Harrison the New Orleans police superintendent.The mayor made the announcement Tuesday evenin… Read More »

Records show hotel planned inside 1250 Poydras

Records show hotel planned inside 1250 Poydras

October 9, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, ReporterA 165-room hotel development is apparently being planned inside an existing Central Business District office building.According to Orleans Parish Conveyance records, Poydras Properties LLC intends to convert seven floors in… Read More »

New Orleans development team, Howard Hughes Corp. among companies vying for Convention Center riverfront project

New Orleans development team, Howard Hughes Corp. among companies vying for Convention Center riverfront project

October 8, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneA New Orleans-based team of developers, two national companies and a Miami group are competing to transform 47 acres of unused land on the Mississippi River owned by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Cen… Read More »

HDLC approves demolitions for hotel project

HDLC approves demolitions for hotel project

October 8, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter After several months of discussion and design review, the Historic District Landmarks Commission voted today to demolish two Central Business District structures to make way for a new hotel and restaurant project.HW Real E… Read More »

New Orleans officials prepping for Ebola, hold first meeting

New Orleans officials prepping for Ebola, hold first meeting

October 6, 2014 Latest News

By Jaquetta White The AdvocateMayor Mitch Landrieu, joined by senior aides from his administration as well as first responders and officials from Louis Armstrong International Airport and the Port of New Orleans, convened his first emergency prepare… Read More »

Dardenne still pushing tourism money from state budget

Dardenne still pushing tourism money from state budget

October 5, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Ballard - The Advocate It has become almost a symbol of fall in Louisiana, like raw oysters and the sweet-smelling smoke from a burning cane field.Admittedly not as romantic but just as sure a sign are harried state employees putting the fin… Read More »

NOLA hotel activity moves from buying to building

NOLA hotel activity moves from buying to building

October 3, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessAfter a roughly two-year buying spree that saw hotel investors paying unprecedented prices in the New Orleans area, the focus has started to shift toward new development and improvements to existing properties.… Read More »

Runway closures for electrical work will shift airplane traffic at Louis Armstrong Airport

Runway closures for electrical work will shift airplane traffic at Louis Armstrong Airport

October 2, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Louis Armstrong International Airport is alerting neighbors that electrical work on the airfield will produce changes in flight frequency in October and early November. It's part of a $12 million proj… Read More »

New Orleans embarks again on effort to redevelop former World Trade Center tower

New Orleans embarks again on effort to redevelop former World Trade Center tower

October 1, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe City of New Orleans is launching another effort to bring the vacant former World Trade Center building, sitting on the city's prime riverfront real estate, back into use.Since the late 1990s, n… Read More »

St. Charles streetcar line named historic landmark

St. Charles streetcar line named historic landmark

October 1, 2014 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the oldest operating streetcar system in America, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.The designation recognizes sites of historic importanc… Read More »

Hotel stays open despite closing 150 rooms for renovation

Hotel stays open despite closing 150 rooms for renovation

September 30, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, CityBusiness September 30, 2014By the end of this year, the former W Hotel near the foot of Poydras Street will have a new name and its full allotment of rooms back.The 23-story tower at 333 Poydras St. is in the final stretch of a… Read More »

Renaissance RX Announces 425-Job Biomedical Expansion in New Orleans

Renaissance RX Announces 425-Job Biomedical Expansion in New Orleans

September 30, 2014 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS — Today, LED Secretary Stephen Moret and Renaissance RX founder and CEO Tarun Jolly announced the biomedical company will create at least 425 new direct jobs and make an $8 million capital investment in a new headquarters location … Read More »

Historic 7-story riverfront building considered again for hotel development

Historic 7-story riverfront building considered again for hotel development

September 24, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A controversial proposal to turn an historic riverfront building into the French Quarter's first new hotel since 1969 is back in new form, nearly a decade after then-Mayor Ray Nagin vetoed the ori… Read More »

New Orleans tourism advertising efforts moving from summer focus to year-round effort

New Orleans tourism advertising efforts moving from summer focus to year-round effort

September 23, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Advertising New Orleans to potential visitors once was a mostly summertime pursuit. The idea was that the city is naturally strong as a destination in the cooler months, while summer is slow, a harder sel… Read More »

Local couple plans St. Charles Ave. hotel-condo project

Local couple plans St. Charles Ave. hotel-condo project

September 22, 2014 Latest News

By: Greg LaRose, Editor New Orleans CityBusinessThe downtown site of a former office supply business is where a New Orleans couple wants to build a seven-story hotel and condominium project.Husband and wife Barry and Lorraine Dinvaut acquired the bui… Read More »

RTA Rolls New Bus Service Starting Sunday, September 21

RTA Rolls New Bus Service Starting Sunday, September 21

September 19, 2014 Latest News

For Immediate Release:Effective this Sunday, September 21, 2014, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will implement improvements to bus service. This expanded and improved bus service will restore bus lines, add new bus service, and improve service … Read More »

New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 2014-15 class announced

New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 2014-15 class announced

September 18, 2014 Latest News

[caption id="attachment_16442" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Jackie Sullivan, Mavis Early, Scott Aiges, Todd Tournillion are members of The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 2013 Class"][/caption]By NOLA Community Submission The Ne… Read More »

Do you tip your housekeepers when you stay at a hotel?

Do you tip your housekeepers when you stay at a hotel?

September 17, 2014 Latest News

Jim Hanzo Reporting, wwl.comMarriott hotels have announced a new initiative, encouraging hotel guests to tip the housekeepers who clean their rooms, placing envelopes for gratuities in around 160,000 hotel rooms with the name of the person who cleans… Read More »

Top States for Doing Business 2014

Top States for Doing Business 2014

September 16, 2014 Latest News

In “Top States for Doing Business 2014,” its annual survey of national site selectors, Area Development has ranked Louisiana in the Top 10 in multiple categories:#6 Overall Top State for Business#1 Incentive Programs#2 Workforce Developme… Read More »

15 Apartments planned for Howard Ave. building

15 Apartments planned for Howard Ave. building

September 15, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessA project bringing more residential units to the Howard Avenue corridor in the Central Business District is poised to get underway in the coming months.Contractor and developer Beau Baudier has received approva… Read More »

Airport Report: September 2014

Airport Report: September 2014

September 12, 2014 Latest News

AIRPORT CONTINUES TO FLY HIGH IN 2014By Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of AviationThe Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport contributes to the prosperity of the city and region by linking our community to the rest of the world by air. A recent … Read More »

Orpheum renovation preserves, reveals past

Orpheum renovation preserves, reveals past

September 10, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, ReporterSix months into a nearly yearlong renovation that will restore the Orpheum Theater as a live performance venue, members of the design team that orchestrated the work say the project has been mostly smooth sailing.The 96-yea… Read More »

HRI Lodging Promotes Tim Talley To VP OF Engineering

HRI Lodging Promotes Tim Talley To VP OF Engineering

September 3, 2014 Latest News

Talley will oversee engineering and facilities functions for all hotel propertiesNEW ORLEANS, LA - Tim Talley, a veteran with more than 30 years in facilities management, has been promoted to vice president of engineering, announced Gary Gutierrez, … Read More »

Southwest Adds Nonstop Destination From New Orleans to San Antonio

Southwest Adds Nonstop Destination From New Orleans to San Antonio

August 29, 2014 Latest News

Service to San Antonio to Start in March 2015(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines, the major low cost carrier in New Orleans, will begin daily non-stop service … Read More »

Spirit Airlines now accepting reservations for flights to Chicago & Detroit

Spirit Airlines now accepting reservations for flights to Chicago & Detroit

August 21, 2014 Latest News

Flights to the Windy and Motor Cities from the Crescent City Start October 30 NEW ORLEANS, LA – Ultra-low cost carrier Spirit Airlines is now accepting reservations for flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Chicago a… Read More »

New Orleans hotels sizzle in July

New Orleans hotels sizzle in July

August 20, 2014 Latest News

By: Maria Clark, ReporterDespite the unrelenting heat of July in New Orleans, travel market research firm STR reported an increase in hotel occupancy rates last month.Rates increased to 67.5 percent compared to 63.7 percent in July 2013.For the full … Read More »

Groundbreaking set for $50M Gretna hotel

Groundbreaking set for $50M Gretna hotel

August 20, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessThe developers behind a new $50 million hotel project on Jefferson Parish’s West Bank are set to begin construction.Harvey-based BN Management will break ground Wednesday on a 123-room Marriott-branded Co… Read More »

PEOPLExpress to add service to New Orleans

PEOPLExpress to add service to New Orleans

August 18, 2014 Latest News

By: The Associated Press Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport officials say they’re welcoming a new low-cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia.Officials say PEOPLExpress will begin flying from to New Orleans on Aug. 28.… Read More »

Omni Royal Orleans Introduces New Technologies For Successful Meetings

Omni Royal Orleans Introduces New Technologies For Successful Meetings

August 13, 2014 Latest News

Adds mobile meeting application, dedicated Wi-Fi network for 14,000-square-foot function spaceThe Omni Royal Orleans, 621 St. Louis St., has introduced the latest addition to its meeting planner toolkit, OmniLink, a mobile meeting application that al… Read More »

WalletHub named New Orleans #7 in the USA for Economic Environment since Great Recession

WalletHub named New Orleans #7 in the USA for Economic Environment since Great Recession

August 12, 2014 Latest News

In a new multi-variable study, financial website WalletHub has named Greater New Orleans #7 in the USA for Economic Environment since the Great Recession, out of 150 regions in America. To calculate this ranking, WalletHub considered a number of var… Read More »

Work begins on South Market District hotel

Work begins on South Market District hotel

August 11, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessInterior demolition is underway at a nine-story downtown office building that will be part of a hotel property being developed by the group behind the South Market District project.The joint venture of Broadmoo… Read More »

W Hotel on Poydras Street no more; owners rebranding as Le Meridien

W Hotel on Poydras Street no more; owners rebranding as Le Meridien

August 11, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneTake a stroll down Poydras Street, and you might notice something is missing from the skyline.The distinctive red "W" atop the shiny W Hotel is cloaked in a white tarp, and the owners say it won't … Read More »

Louisiana holds sales tax holiday this weekend

Louisiana holds sales tax holiday this weekend

July 31, 2014 Latest News

By: The Associated PressBATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.Over the two-day period, most retail purchases are exempt from the 4-cent state sales tax, up to the first $2,500 of an item’s… Read More »

Ambassador Hotel set for ‘surgical’ renovations

Ambassador Hotel set for ‘surgical’ renovations

July 31, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessAfter about a year of design and engineering work, the Ambassador Hotel on the edge of the Warehouse District is set for a more than $7 million renovation that, according to the property’s new owners, wi… Read More »

Spirit Airlines announces nonstop flights from New Orleans to Chicago and Detroit

Spirit Airlines announces nonstop flights from New Orleans to Chicago and Detroit

July 30, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Spirit Airlines on Wednesday announced plans for nonstop flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans to Chicago and Detroit.The flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airp… Read More »

Architecture panel approves wrap-around hotel

Architecture panel approves wrap-around hotel

July 29, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CItyBusinessThe Architectural Review Committee for the Historic District Landmarks Commission has given conceptual approval for a new hotel and restaurant in the Central Business District.HW Real Estate Development Corp. o… Read More »

Longer hours for Algiers ferry to start sooner than expected

Longer hours for Algiers ferry to start sooner than expected

July 29, 2014 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe delay to add more evening hours to the Algiers-Canal Street ferry line will be a weekday shorter than expected.Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the private manager of New Orleans public transit,… Read More »

New Orleans committee bumps rules for Uber to the full City Council without a recommendation

New Orleans committee bumps rules for Uber to the full City Council without a recommendation

July 29, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans City Council members on Tuesday (July 29) added more suggestions on how to regulate digital car services such as Uber during the second transportation committee meeting on the subject in as man… Read More »

One-year boost expanded job total to 552,000

One-year boost expanded job total to 552,000

July 27, 2014 Latest News

BY BILL LODGE THE ADVOCATENonfarm employment in the New Orleans metropolitan area increased by 8,100 jobs for the year ended June 30.That one-year boost of 1.5 percent expanded the New Orleans area’s rebounding job total to 552,000, according … Read More »

Orpheum Theater renovation underway in hands of new owners

Orpheum Theater renovation underway in hands of new owners

July 25, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe Orpheum Theater has played host to silence for nearly a decade.The 96-year-old space, shuttered since Hurricane Katrina, is the preferred venue for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra because of i… Read More »

IPW 2016 Coming to New Orleans

IPW 2016 Coming to New Orleans

July 23, 2014 Latest News

U.S. Travel Association press releaseThe U.S. Travel Association announced Wednesday that New Orleans will be the venue for IPW 2016—the first time the blockbuster travel industry event has returned to the Crescent City since 2002. New Orleans… Read More »

CBD hotel sells for $10.75M

CBD hotel sells for $10.75M

July 22, 2014 Latest News

By: Greg LaRose, Editor July 22, 2014, CityBusinessA New York real estate investment firm has made its first foray into the New Orleans market with the purchase of a downtown hotel.The Garrison Investment Group purchased the O’Keefe Plaza Hote… Read More »

New Orleans City Council transportation committee cancels Tuesday hearing on car-hiring services such as Uber

New Orleans City Council transportation committee cancels Tuesday hearing on car-hiring services such as Uber

July 21, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A hearing scheduled for this week on rules covering how transportation applications such as Uber would operate in New Orleans has been cancelled.The New Orleans City Council's Transportation Committee… Read More »

New Orleans gets a top 10 ranking among world cities in 2014 from Travel + Leisure magazine

New Orleans gets a top 10 ranking among world cities in 2014 from Travel + Leisure magazine

July 16, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneTravel + Leisure Magazine has named New Orleans one of the world's top 10 cities to visit, adding to a long procession of tourism accolades the city has collected in recent years.New Orleans ranked 10t… Read More »

Le Méridien Reveals Design for New Orleans Hotel

Le Méridien Reveals Design for New Orleans Hotel

July 15, 2014 Latest News

Hotel Business NEW ORLEANS—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. unveiled designs for Le Méridien New Orleans, which will mark the return of the French-born brand to the Crescent City at the end of the year.Formerly the W New Orlean… Read More »

City Council approves Warehouse District hotel project

City Council approves Warehouse District hotel project

July 12, 2014 Latest News

Developers agree to lower heightBY JAQUETTA WHITE - theadvocate.comAfter developers agreed at the last minute to reduce the height of a proposed Warehouse District hotel to more nearly comply with the city’s zoning law, the New Orleans City Cou… Read More »

Delgado’s growth spreads through metro area

Delgado’s growth spreads through metro area

July 10, 2014 Latest News

By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusinessWith state, federal and private money coming in, Delgado Community College has fueled a steady growth of facilities at locations outside its main campus near City Park as it continues to rebuild its enrollment … Read More »

The Economist, ranks Louisiana one of the best states in America to operate a small business

The Economist, ranks Louisiana one of the best states in America to operate a small business

July 9, 2014 Latest News

According to a recent article in The Economist, Louisiana ranks as one of the best states in America to operate a small business, meriting a grade of “A.”The ranking is based on a survey by Thumbtack, a a website that matches customers to… Read More »

Carnival Cruise Lines signs 5-year extension with Port of New Orleans

Carnival Cruise Lines signs 5-year extension with Port of New Orleans

July 9, 2014 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneAt least two Carnival Cruise Lines ships will continue sailing out of the Port of New Orleans year-round through 2019, according to a new five-year contract extension between the two entities.The new agre… Read More »

City Council to decide on Warehouse District hotel proposal

City Council to decide on Warehouse District hotel proposal

July 7, 2014 Latest News

Hotel would exceed restrictions in Warehouse DistrictBY JAQUETTA WHITEtheadvocate.comThe New Orleans City Council will be asked to reveal just how much weight it is willing to give to the city’s master plan for development when it considers thi… Read More »

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ADDS NEW DESTINATION FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ADDS NEW DESTINATION FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

June 30, 2014 Latest News

For a limited time, Southwest to fly direct to San AntonioThe Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines, the major low cost carrier in New Orleans, has scheduled limited direct service to San Ant… Read More »

July brings changes to Algiers-Canal Street ferry; input sought on Algiers bus service

July brings changes to Algiers-Canal Street ferry; input sought on Algiers bus service

June 26, 2014 Latest News

By Andrea Shaw, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The beginning of improvements in Algiers ferry service, including extended hours, is coming in July. Starting Tuesday (July 1), passengers can buy monthly passes at a cost of $65. And on July 21, the Can… Read More »

New Orleans City Council Transportation Committee

New Orleans City Council Transportation Committee

June 24, 2014 Latest News

To view streaming video of the New Orleans City Council Transportation Committee Meeting from June 24, 2014 visit nolacitycouncil.com . Read More »

Magazine ranks New Orleans area 2nd for economic development successes in South

Magazine ranks New Orleans area 2nd for economic development successes in South

June 20, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans came in second for the major metropolitan area with the most economic development successes in the South over the past 20 years in a survey by Southern Business & Development Magazine (arti… Read More »

NOLA hotels see more revenue, guests in May

NOLA hotels see more revenue, guests in May

June 18, 2014 Latest News

By: Maria Clark, Reporter CityBusinessJune 18, 2014The month of May saw revenue increases and greater occupancy for New Orleans hotels.Tourism market research firm STR reports that hotel occupancy rates in the New Orleans area grew by 4 percent to 74… Read More »

Online travel agency finds New Orleans is the top 4th of July destination for its clients

Online travel agency finds New Orleans is the top 4th of July destination for its clients

June 17, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe online travel agency CheapOair reports New Orleans is the top destination its clients are booking for the 4th of July weekend. It found the average round-trip airfare for New Orleans for that weekend i… Read More »

Alaska Airlines Introduces Service from Seattle to New Orleans

Alaska Airlines Introduces Service from Seattle to New Orleans

June 13, 2014 Latest News

Great intro fares and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can earn double milesSEATTLE /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is bringing nonstop daily service from Seattle to New Orleans and Tampa, Fla., starting June 12."Alaska Airlines is thrilled to gi… Read More »

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center looks to lure private developers for future riverfront

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center looks to lure private developers for future riverfront

June 13, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is pinning its hopes for the future on a plan to transform the city's riverfront, turning 47 acres of unused land upriver from the Crescent City Connection i… Read More »

Changes for Algiers-Canal Street ferry include extended hours, new boats

Changes for Algiers-Canal Street ferry include extended hours, new boats

June 12, 2014 Latest News

By Andrea Shaw, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe Algiers-Canal Street ferry will begin extended five-day-a-week service from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., beginning July 21. In addition, new boats also are planned for the fleet, which will remain pedestrian-… Read More »

Plans for the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute have begun to simmer

Plans for the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute have begun to simmer

June 10, 2014 Latest News

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Near the end of 2013, Ti Martin, the commander of Commander's Palace restaurant, put a plan in motion to convert the abandoned Louisiana ArtWorks building on Howard Avenue into a state-of-the-art coo… Read More »

Travis Tague promoted to General Manager of Hyatt French Quarter

Travis Tague promoted to General Manager of Hyatt French Quarter

June 10, 2014 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS, LA - June 10, 2014 - Travis Tague, who has served as director of operations at the Hyatt French Quarter the past two years, has been promoted to general manager of the award-winning hotel, announced Larry Daniels, regional vice president… Read More »

Short-term rental business booming thanks to various websites

Short-term rental business booming thanks to various websites

June 9, 2014 Latest News

June 9, 2014 Robert Ray for Aljazeera AmericaMany cities look to fight back at these businesses, which are not licensed hotels. To view the full interview, visits Aljazeera America.… Read More »

New Orleans City Council introduces regulation changes as Uber digital car hiring service looks to enter the city

New Orleans City Council introduces regulation changes as Uber digital car hiring service looks to enter the city

June 6, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneWith the Uber digital car hiring service showing interest in entering New Orleans - a prospect that has tended to raise questions about the line between regulation of the transportation industry and market… Read More »

New Orleans confronts unlicensed short-term rentals: to legalize or keep ban?

New Orleans confronts unlicensed short-term rentals: to legalize or keep ban?

June 4, 2014 Latest News

Story by Robert McClendon and Katherine SayreBy NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Their backgrounds are diverse -- a St. Roch contractor, an Uptown tour guide, a PhD candidate in the West Bank and a young real-estate investor -- but all four have one thi… Read More »

HRI LODGING NAMES LARRY DANIELS REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

HRI LODGING NAMES LARRY DANIELS REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

June 4, 2014 Latest News

New Orleans, LA (June 4, 2014)—Larry Daniels has been promoted to regional vice president of operations for HRI Lodging (HRIL) with direct oversight of the entire HRIL branded portfolio, announced Gary Gutierrez, president of the company.For t… Read More »

Emerald coast restaurateur to open Trenasse in InterContinental Hotel, reports Canal Street Beat

Emerald coast restaurateur to open Trenasse in InterContinental Hotel, reports Canal Street Beat

June 3, 2014 Latest News

By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | Times-PicayuneChef Jim Richard, who operates Stinky's Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., will open the restaurant Trenasse inside the New Orleans InterContinental hotel, reports Canal Street Beat.The hotel at 444 St… Read More »

What passed and failed in the legislative session

What passed and failed in the legislative session

June 3, 2014 Latest News

By: The Associated Press June 3, 2014BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers wrapped up their three-month regular legislative session Monday. A look at what passed and failed:BUDGET: Lawmakers approved a $24.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal y… Read More »

New records for tourism

New records for tourism

June 2, 2014 Latest News

ADVOCATE STORYJune 02, 2014If there are billions in positive news for Louisiana’s petrochemical economy, there’s also billions in T-shirts and go-cups, as Louisiana tourism posted another record year in 2013.We hope, along with an appropr… Read More »

Expedia to expand in New Orleans with ‘hub’ office

Expedia to expand in New Orleans with ‘hub’ office

May 29, 2014 Latest News

By: Greg LaRose, Editor May 29, 2014The Expedia family of travel booking websites believes there’s enough potential business in New Orleans to warrant making the city one of its regional hubs.Its new office at Place St. Charles could have six e… Read More »

Illegal short-term rentals subject of New Orleans Planning Commission meeting

Illegal short-term rentals subject of New Orleans Planning Commission meeting

May 27, 2014 Latest News

By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans City Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a rule change Tuesday (May 27) aimed at making it easier to enforce the law against illegal short-term rentals.Operating a short-term rent… Read More »

New Orleans tourism industry cheers the return of the Riverwalk mall

New Orleans tourism industry cheers the return of the Riverwalk mall

May 21, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneWhen an $82 million reimagining of New Orleans' riverfront shopping mall opens Thursday as The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, members of the city's tourism industry expect to see benefits.The near… Read More »

Hotel projects top NOLA building permits tally according to City Business

Hotel projects top NOLA building permits tally according to City Business

May 19, 2014 Latest News

Orleans ParishTOP COMMERCIAL PERMITS$7 million, 333 Poydras St., W Hotel$2 million, 344 Camp St., Queen & Crescent Hotel$2 million, 333 Josephine St., Bella Luna Catering$1 million, 208 Bienville St., Badine Land Limited$860,000, 124 Royal St., B… Read More »

Gretna council OKs plans for new hotel

Gretna council OKs plans for new hotel

May 15, 2014 Latest News

BY CHAD CALDERCCALDER@THEADVOCATE.COM The Gretna City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a site plan for a 123-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel on a recently annexed parcel of land north of the West Bank Expressway.The hotel is the first phase… Read More »

Joan Davis named as the next chancellor of Delgado Community College

Joan Davis named as the next chancellor of Delgado Community College

May 14, 2014 Latest News

By The Associated PressThe Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors has selected Joan Davis as the next chancellor of Delgado Community College.LCTCS President Monty Sullivan made the recommendation of Davis to the board … Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

May 12, 2014 Latest News

2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25Louisiana Revised Statute 47:305.58 provides for an annual state sales tax holiday on sales of hurricane-preparedness items or supplies made on the last Satu… Read More »

Hospitality Education Foundation Awards Two $8,000 Scholarships to Orleans Parish High School Seniors

Hospitality Education Foundation Awards Two $8,000 Scholarships to Orleans Parish High School Seniors

May 7, 2014 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS, LA. (May 7, 2014) The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation Awards Two $8,000 Scholarships to Orleans Parish High School Seniors. Cordell Williams of Sophie B. Wright Charter School has main… Read More »

First GiveNOLA Day raises almost $2.3 million

First GiveNOLA Day raises almost $2.3 million

May 7, 2014 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSON, The advocate New Orleans-area non-profits raised nearly $2.3 million on Tuesday during the first GiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour fund raising competition organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.The donations came in at more than doub… Read More »

Mayor Landrieu, New Orleans City Council, other officials take oaths of office at Saenger Theater

Mayor Landrieu, New Orleans City Council, other officials take oaths of office at Saenger Theater

May 5, 2014 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans' next roster of elected officials will raise their right hands on stage at the opulent Saenger Theater on Monday (May 5), signaling the start of a popular mayor's second and final t… Read More »

Hotels Still in the Sweet Spot for Growth

Hotels Still in the Sweet Spot for Growth

April 29, 2014 Latest News

By Paul Bubny | National Hotel profits will exceed those of 2007 this year, says PKF's Woodworth. ATLANTA—The lodging sector’s multi-year run of double-digit annual NOI gains isn’t over yet. That streak will c… Read More »

New Orleans airport is fastest growing in U.S., says airline industry publication

New Orleans airport is fastest growing in U.S., says airline industry publication

April 28, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe publication Airline Weekly reported that Louis Armstrong International Airport was the fastest growing United States airport in terms of passenger traffic from 2012 to 2013. The 7 percent growth rate b… Read More »

Spirit Airlines adds direct flights from New Orleans to Houston, Fort Lauderdale

Spirit Airlines adds direct flights from New Orleans to Houston, Fort Lauderdale

April 24, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneSpirit Airlines will offer daily flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning Aug. 1, the company said T… Read More »

Landrieu seeks special riverfront tax district to pay for decrees and pensions

Landrieu seeks special riverfront tax district to pay for decrees and pensions

April 24, 2014 Latest News

By Tyler Bridges, Staff writer; The Lens NolaMayor Mitch Landrieu wants the state Legislature to create a special economic district along the New Orleans riverfront in which all tax revenue generated by new hotels and other development would be the c… Read More »

New Orleans raised its tourist count in 2013, hovering just short of the all-time record

New Orleans raised its tourist count in 2013, hovering just short of the all-time record

April 23, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans attracted 9.28 million visitors in 2013, slightly besting the 2012 tally and replacing that year as the second-highest tourist count on record. An estimate of what all the visitors spent, howe… Read More »

House committee signs off on New Orleans Convention Center expansion

House committee signs off on New Orleans Convention Center expansion

April 9, 2014 Latest News

By Julia O'Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe Ernest N. Morial Convention Center expansion plans cleared a legislative hurdle Tuesday when lawmakers passed legislation enabling the development out of the state House Ways and Means Committ… Read More »

New Orleans tourism promoters add custom online trip building as they prepare for spring marketing campaign

New Orleans tourism promoters add custom online trip building as they prepare for spring marketing campaign

April 8, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune As New Orleans tourism promoters prepare for the spring redeployment of their nationwide marketing campaign to travelers, they are boosting the campaign's web site, followyournola.com, to let visitors… Read More »

WrestleMania smashed a Superdome record, WWE says

WrestleMania smashed a Superdome record, WWE says

April 7, 2014 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Within hours of WrestleMania XXX's rumble through the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, the WWE issued an announcement declaring box office victory for its marquee annual event. WrestleMania broke th… Read More »

Big stars of Wrestlemania XXX ready to finish strong

Big stars of Wrestlemania XXX ready to finish strong

April 2, 2014 Latest News

PLAYING THE HEAVYBY ALEX RAWLS The New Orleans AdvocateWhen Wrestlemania XXX takes place Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it will be very different from its debut 30 years ago in New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.The Gardens seated … Read More »

Developers submit plans for Warehouse District hotel-restaurant

Developers submit plans for Warehouse District hotel-restaurant

April 1, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe hotel-restaurant would include a four-story building and a nine-story building in the 600 blocks of Tchoupitoulas and Commerce streets, near the Piazza d'Italia and a short walk from the Ernest… Read More »

Hospitality industry teams up with Nola For Life to curb violence

Hospitality industry teams up with Nola For Life to curb violence

March 28, 2014 Latest News

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News WWLTV.comNEW ORLEANS, La. -- The murder rate in New Orleans is down and the Landrieu Administration says program's like Nola for Life are the reason why.Now the local hospitality industry is answering the call to help… Read More »

Riverwalk to reopen May 22 with new stores, restaurants

Riverwalk to reopen May 22 with new stores, restaurants

March 25, 2014 Latest News

By Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/03/riverwalk_to_reopen_may_22_wit.html#incart_m-rpt-2The revamped Riverwalk will reopen May 22 in downtown New Orleans, The Howard Hughes Corp. announc… Read More »

AH&LA Adds to Government Relations Team

AH&LA Adds to Government Relations Team

March 25, 2014 Latest News

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has appointed Maryam Cope and Craig Kalkut as vice presidents of governmental affairs. Kalkut joined the association on March 24, with Cope following on April 14Click for … Read More »

Mayor Landrieu Recognizes Hospitality Industry Support of NOLA for Life

Mayor Landrieu Recognizes Hospitality Industry Support of NOLA for Life

March 24, 2014 Latest News

MARCH 21, 2014 NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu commended the New Orleans hospitality community for mobilizing support and leading the creation of a local fundraising effort in support of the City’s comprehensive murder reduct… Read More »

Southwest Expands Service at Armstrong International Award

Southwest Expands Service at Armstrong International Award

March 24, 2014 Latest News

Washington National Service to Start in August(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Southwest Airlines continues to expand its air service offerings at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport with the announcement of new service to Washington’s R… Read More »

New Orleans City Council to introduce new Bourbon Street noise ordinance March 27

New Orleans City Council to introduce new Bourbon Street noise ordinance March 27

March 18, 2014 Latest News

By Richard A. Webster, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans City Council is set to introduce a new ordinance dealing with sound levels on Bourbon Street at its March 27 regular meeting, expecting to bring one part of what has been a long and… Read More »

 Armstrong International Airport Closes 2013 on a High Note - Over 9.2 Million Passengers Served

Armstrong International Airport Closes 2013 on a High Note - Over 9.2 Million Passengers Served

March 13, 2014 Latest News

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – For the fourth consecutive year, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has experienced an amazing increase in passenger volume. According to the 2013 statistical summary for enplanements and deplanements, the Air… Read More »

Caesars to Sell Four Casinos to Affiliate for $2.2 Billion

Caesars to Sell Four Casinos to Affiliate for $2.2 Billion

March 5, 2014 Latest News

By Christopher Palmeri Bloomberg BusinessWeekCaesars Entertainment Corp., largest owner of casinos in the U.S., will sell four properties to an affiliate for $2.2 billion, freeing up cash as the company works to restructure $24.5 billion in debt.Caes… Read More »

Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brand continues explosive growth with adaptive re-use project in New Orleans

Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brand continues explosive growth with adaptive re-use project in New Orleans

March 5, 2014 Latest News

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its leading-edge Aloft brand will debut in New Orleans in 2015, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project. The historic building, located at 225 Baronne Street, will be transfo… Read More »

 New Orleans hotels self-impose a new room charge for tourism promotion

New Orleans hotels self-impose a new room charge for tourism promotion

February 28, 2014 Latest News

Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Following through on a state law passed last year allowing New Orleans hotels to impose a fee on their customers to generate money for tourism promotion and finance infrastructure projects, most of the city&… Read More »

Local buyer grabs Poydras Street hotel

Local buyer grabs Poydras Street hotel

February 27, 2014 Latest News

Hotels continue to be a hot commodity for New Orleans investors as another downtown lodging property has changed hands.According to Orleans Parish conveyance records the Whitney Wyndham Hotel at 610 Poydras St. was sold for $10.5 million on Jan. 31 t… Read More »

New Orleans Hotels Adopt Tourism Support Assessment

New Orleans Hotels Adopt Tourism Support Assessment

February 27, 2014 Latest News

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WWII Museum hopes to finish expansion by 2017

WWII Museum hopes to finish expansion by 2017

February 25, 2014 Latest News

STATE HELP SOUGHT TO PAY FOR PROJECTSBY JAQUETTA WHITE, New Orleans Advocate The National World War II Museum in the Warehouse District has been a near constant construction zone for more than five years. As doors opened on one new building or exhibi… Read More »

Revamped Champions Square to host more and bigger music shows

Revamped Champions Square to host more and bigger music shows

February 25, 2014 Latest News

AMPHITHEATER CAN SEAT UP TO 5,200BY JAQUETTA WHITE, New Orleans Champions Square is no longer just an opening act.Saints co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc reintroduced the outdoor venue Monday as Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, an “outdoor, b… Read More »

Portion of long awaited Crescent Park opens

Portion of long awaited Crescent Park opens

February 25, 2014 Latest News

BY ANDREW VANACORE theadvocate.comA portion of the long-awaited — and long-delayed — Crescent Park, a riverfront park running alongside the Bywater neighborhood, opened Monday, offering residents and visitors another vantage on the Miss… Read More »

HRI Lodging’s Gina Chimeno Wins Hyatt’s Director of Sales of the Year Award

HRI Lodging’s Gina Chimeno Wins Hyatt’s Director of Sales of the Year Award

February 24, 2014 Latest News

Hyatt French Quarter Director of Sales and Marketing, Gina Chimeno has earned the 2014 Director of Sales of the Year award in the franchise hotel category during Hyatt’s annual “iLead” sales meeting, announced Brett Forshag, Vice Pr… Read More »

TSA Pre✓™ Application Center Is Open in New Orleans

TSA Pre✓™ Application Center Is Open in New Orleans

February 20, 2014 Latest News

WHAT: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has opened an application site for its TSA Pre✓™ Application Program in New Orleans and many other cities across the state.U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will now be abl… Read More »

RTA to take over ferry operation Sunday

RTA to take over ferry operation Sunday

February 19, 2014 Latest News

BY JEFF ADELSONRiders not required to pay new fares yetA new operator will be coming to the New Orleans-area ferry system on Sunday as Veolia Transportation, the company that runs the city’s Regional Transit Authority buses and streetcars, form… Read More »

GNO, Inc. Launches Quality of Life Website Destination GNO

GNO, Inc. Launches Quality of Life Website Destination GNO

February 17, 2014 Latest News

Caitlin Berni | cberni@gnoinc.org | Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the launch of Destination GNO, an innovative relocation website designed to highlight the high quality of life in Greater New Orleans. This website was… Read More »

Jefferson hotels considering new tax to boost tourism

Jefferson hotels considering new tax to boost tourism

February 17, 2014 Latest News

Leaders still working out details BY JEFF ADELSONjadelson@theadvocate.comJefferson Parish tourism officials are looking into a proposal that would allow hotels in the parish to decide whether to impose a new tax on their guests and direct that money … Read More »

New Orleans Scores Big; Lands Alaska Airlines

New Orleans Scores Big; Lands Alaska Airlines

February 11, 2014 Latest News

February 11, 2014NEW ORLEANS, LA – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport scored big with Alaska Airlines announcing it will begin scheduled service from New Orleans to Seattle, Washington. Alaska will inaugurate the new non-stop se… Read More »

Bottom - Right

Bottom - Right

February 10, 2014 Latest News

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GNO, Inc. Welcomes International Shipholding Corporation Back to New Orleans

GNO, Inc. Welcomes International Shipholding Corporation Back to New Orleans

February 7, 2014 Latest News

Matt Wolfe, GNO Inc. NEW ORLEANS - Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) President and CEO Michael Hecht joined Governor Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and International Shipholding Corporation President Erik L. Johnsen to anno… Read More »

ArtWorks building to be sold to culinary institute

ArtWorks building to be sold to culinary institute

February 6, 2014 Latest News

BY JAQUETTA WHITE, The AdvocateThe Louisiana ArtWorks building on Howard Avenue near Lee Circle, most recently the site of a well-intentioned but ill-fated arts venture, will become a culinary school.The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institut… Read More »

New Orleans Pelicans agree to Arena naming rights deal with Smoothie King

New Orleans Pelicans agree to Arena naming rights deal with Smoothie King

February 6, 2014 Latest News

By John Reid, NOLA.com | The Times Picayune Since it opened in 1999, the New Orleans Arena has been without a corporate name.But on Thursday, it will officially become the Smoothie King Center.After extensive negotiations that lasted for nearly … Read More »

Dennis Pearse Appointed as General Manager of the 345-key Omni Royal Orleans in Louisiana

Dennis Pearse Appointed as General Manager of the 345-key Omni Royal Orleans in Louisiana

February 5, 2014 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS, LA. (Feb. 4, 2014) - Omni Royal Orleans has announced the appointment of Dennis Pearse as general manager. A 20-year veteran of the hotel industry who has spent much of his career in New Orleans, La., Pearse will oversee all operations a… Read More »

$26 Million Renovation Is Underway

$26 Million Renovation Is Underway

February 5, 2014 Latest News

New Orleans, LA - InterContinental New Orleans is undergoing a $26 million renovation, the first major work performed at the hotel property since its opening in 1984. Work is expected to be completed by early fallAccording to InterContinental New Orl… Read More »

Developers plan 21-story hotel at 400 Canal

Developers plan 21-story hotel at 400 Canal

February 3, 2014 Latest News

BY: Robin Shannon, Reporter New Orleans City BusinessA New Orleans-based property owner is partnering with a Minnesota firm on a planned $120 million hotel near the foot of Canal Street.A 21-story hotel is being proposed for the 400 block of Canal St… Read More »

Xavier University is offering free tax preparation

Xavier University is offering free tax preparation

February 3, 2014 Latest News

Xavier University is offering free tax preparation and electronic filing of federal and state income tax returns through April 10.The program is available to individuals who earned less than $52,000 in 2013.The service is offered Tuesdays and Thursda… Read More »

New Orleans, shopping draws Brazilian visitors

New Orleans, shopping draws Brazilian visitors

January 31, 2014 Latest News

BY: Greg LaRose, Editor New Orleans CityBusinessIf your retail business is looking to tap into the growth in spending from international visitors coming to Louisiana, you might want to consider what appeals to shoppers in Brazil.A record $32.7 millio… Read More »

AH&LA Unveils 2014 Agenda for Growth

AH&LA Unveils 2014 Agenda for Growth

January 30, 2014 Latest News

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has unveiled its Pro-Growth Policy Agenda for 2014, highlighting the key areas on which the U.S. lodging industry will focus its advocacy efforts.AH&LA and its members… Read More »

All flights canceled at Lakefront and Louis Armstrong International airports, mayor says

All flights canceled at Lakefront and Louis Armstrong International airports, mayor says

January 28, 2014 Latest News

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune All flights into and out of Lakefront Airport and Louis Armstrong International Airport have been canceled through Wednesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a news conference Tuesday (Jan. 28)"The airlines… Read More »

ALL JEFFERSON PARISH GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO CLOSE TUESDAY

ALL JEFFERSON PARISH GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO CLOSE TUESDAY

January 27, 2014 Latest News

All Jefferson Parish Government offices will be closed Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Parish government employees, with the exception of Emergency Management and necessary Public Works personnel, should not report to work on Tuesday. Parish employees sh… Read More »

Storm Warnings:  Stay off of the streets

Storm Warnings: Stay off of the streets

January 27, 2014 Latest News

Following are highlights from Mayor Landrieu’s just press conference:· He has declared a state of emergency for the City.· Status has moved from “storm warning” to “storm watch”.· City Hall is officially closed … Read More »

New Orleans noise ordinance hearing canceled by City Council committee

New Orleans noise ordinance hearing canceled by City Council committee

January 17, 2014 Latest News

By NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneA New Orleans City Council committee hearing scheduled to be held Friday on a proposed new sound ordinance was abruptly canceled late Thursday.Housing and Human Needs Committee co-chairs Stacy Head and Kristin Gisleson… Read More »

New Orleans Aviation Board unveils $826 million overhaul of Louis Armstrong Airport

New Orleans Aviation Board unveils $826 million overhaul of Louis Armstrong Airport

January 17, 2014 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneThe New Orleans Aviation Board today is expected to recommend an $826 million redevelopment plan meant to thrust Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport into the modern era - a reimagining of … Read More »

Google confirms Web address breach

Google confirms Web address breach

January 16, 2014 Latest News

By Jason Q. Freed. News Editor HotelNewsNow.com Web addresses for thousands of hotels on Google Maps and Google+ were changed recently by a third party without the hoteliers’ consent, Google confirmed Wednesday. A representative from Google s… Read More »

Industrial Development Board launches selection process for development of former Six Flags park

Industrial Development Board launches selection process for development of former Six Flags park

January 15, 2014 Latest News

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans' Industrial Development Board on Tuesday (Jan. 14) opened the 150-acre former Six Flags amusement park site in eastern New Orleans to proposals from developers, as city leaders prepare… Read More »

 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released: Springsteen, Clapton, Phish to headline

2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup released: Springsteen, Clapton, Phish to headline

January 14, 2014 Latest News

By Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneBruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Phish, John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Christina Aguilera, Santana, the Avett Brothers, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Charlie Wilso… Read More »

New Orleans hotel market lures buyers

New Orleans hotel market lures buyers

January 14, 2014 Latest News

By Greg LaRose, New Orleans CityBusinessStar-TelegramNEW ORLEANS — A flurry of hotel transactions in the New Orleans market continues, with a large French Quarter hotel and a boutique property selling within the past month.The Astor Crowne Pl… Read More »

Google is developing a Street View-like feature to showcase hotel interiors

Google is developing a Street View-like feature to showcase hotel interiors

January 13, 2014 Latest News

Associated PressNEW YORK – Google is expanding its hotel business, offering several new ways for travelers to learn about accommodations.The most noticeable change will be the introduction of a series of high-resolution panoramic photos that ar… Read More »

International travelers a focus as New Orleans tourism leaders discuss 2014 marketing

International travelers a focus as New Orleans tourism leaders discuss 2014 marketing

January 9, 2014 Latest News

Article by: KEVIN MCGILL, Associated PressAn executive with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has some advice for leaders in the city's tourism business: "Start learning Chinese."Kim Priez said a big push to draw travelers from aroun… Read More »

Destination Expands Distinctive Collection with Addition of Royal St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans

Destination Expands Distinctive Collection with Addition of Royal St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans

January 7, 2014 Latest News

Lowe Enterprises Investors acquires adaptive reuse, boutique hotel on behalf of investment clientEnglewood, CO – January 7, 2014 – Destination Hotels & Resorts welcomes the Royal St. Charles as the newest addition to its expanding col… Read More »

Food & Wine readers favor New Orleans

Food & Wine readers favor New Orleans

January 6, 2014 Latest News

By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneIn the January issue of Food & Wine, the magazine polled its readers for their picks. The "clear favorite" for top dining city was New Orleans.The magazine reached out to three locals… Read More »

Greater New Orleans Elected Officials

Greater New Orleans Elected Officials

January 1, 2014 Latest News

U. S. PresidentWebsite Address: www.whitehouse.gov U.S. SenatorsMary Landrieu Website Address: www.landrieu.senate.govNew Orleans OfficeHale Boggs Building500 Poydras St.Room 1005New Orleans, LA 70130Main: (504) 589-2427Fax: (504) 589-4023David Vit… Read More »

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Meeting Schedule

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Meeting Schedule

January 1, 2014 Latest News

2014January 16General Membership MeetingFebruary 5General Membership MeetingFebruary 26Board MeetingMarch 26Board MeetingApril 20EasterApril 30Board MeetingMay 21General Membership MeetingJune 25Board MeetingJuly 23Board MeetingAugustNo Meeting… Read More »

Education Programs 2014

Education Programs 2014

January 1, 2014 Latest News

Call 504-525-6625 for a list of program dates.… Read More »

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Now Has TSA PreCheck

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Now Has TSA PreCheck

December 19, 2013 Latest News

TSA PrePâ„¢ Now at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportNEW ORLEANS – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will address the media at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on December 18th to discus… Read More »

Enhancements at Westin New Orleans Canal Place Now Complete

Enhancements at Westin New Orleans Canal Place Now Complete

December 18, 2013 Latest News

Re-Designed Lobby, New 24 Hour Fitness Center for "Home Away From Home" NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwired - December 17, 2013) - Already known for the breathtaking views from its 11th floor lobby and guestrooms, Westin New Orleans Canal Place (100 Rue Ib… Read More »

Royal Caribbean International’s refurbished cruise ship set for New Orleans maiden voyage

Royal Caribbean International’s refurbished cruise ship set for New Orleans maiden voyage

December 12, 2013 Latest News

Royal Caribbean International’s newly revitalized 2,360-passenger Serenade of the Seas arrives at the Port of New Orleans’ Julia Street Cruise Terminal Dec. 12 to sail weekly itineraries through April. The 965-foot cruise ship was complet… Read More »

Reports

Reports

December 3, 2013 Latest News

2014 2014 New Orleans Tourism Emergency Communication PlanHow well do we know our guests?State of the Pace 2014TravelClick First Quarter 2014 Global Hotel Industry UpdatePer Diem FY2014 GSA Per Diem RatesNew Orleans Tourism Master Plan2013American Ho… Read More »

Robert Reso Named Director of New Business Development for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Robert Reso Named Director of New Business Development for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

December 2, 2013 Latest News

Robert Reso Named Director of New Business Development for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Reso to lead New Business Development team aimed at generating convention and meeting business from new channels and managing market prospects … Read More »

Motel crime is focus of new Jefferson Parish regulatory initiative

Motel crime is focus of new Jefferson Parish regulatory initiative

November 25, 2013 Latest News

By Adriane Quinlan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune In 2010, when the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office began cracking down on crime at motels, officials found there was no simple process to put a lodging spot out of business - e… Read More »

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Announces its Annual Holiday Gingerbread Tea Event

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Announces its Annual Holiday Gingerbread Tea Event

November 19, 2013 Latest News

The third annual Gingerbread Holiday Tea will be held on Saturday, December 21st at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport's Grand Ballroom.The Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, a hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection has proudly announced the … Read More »

Cruise ships, industry grow in New Orleans

Cruise ships, industry grow in New Orleans

November 18, 2013 Latest News

Port accounts for 5 percent of embarkments in United StatesBy Timothy Boone and Ted Griggs. Advocate.com "The last several years we’ve been gradually increasing our capacity in that marketplace, and we’re continuing to do that. Hopefully… Read More »

Legal

Legal

November 13, 2013 Latest News

Criminal RecordsFisher and Phillips LLP: Labor Letter - October 2014Establishing a Minimum Wage for ContractorsEnforceable as of January 1, 2014: IRS Begins Mandatory Gratuity Rules Federal Contractor Compliance Guidance November 8, 2013Temporary … Read More »

HRI LODGING AND CAREY WATERMARK INVESTORS  COMPLETE $3.5 MILLION RENOVATION  OF  HILTON GARDEN INN NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER/CBD

HRI LODGING AND CAREY WATERMARK INVESTORS COMPLETE $3.5 MILLION RENOVATION OF HILTON GARDEN INN NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER/CBD

November 13, 2013 Latest News

HRI Lodging, as Operator, and Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated (CWI), as Owner, have completed a $3.5 million renovation of the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter/CBD, announced Gary Gutierrez, president of HRI Lodging.“It is e… Read More »

Mayor Mitch Landrieu vetoes delay on New Orleans taxi age limit

Mayor Mitch Landrieu vetoes delay on New Orleans taxi age limit

November 8, 2013 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Mayor Mitch Landrieu wasted little time Thursday in rejecting the City Council's one-year delay of a new law that would have required all taxis operating in New Orleans to be no older than seven y… Read More »

According to US Census data, New Orleans ranks #9 of 483 cities in the USA for personal income growth.

According to US Census data, New Orleans ranks #9 of 483 cities in the USA for personal income growth.

November 5, 2013 Latest News

According the the financial website NerdWallet, which compiled the data: "Positive income growth for people who work in a city is an important factor in its value to prospective residents. A city that demonstrates yearly growth in the earnings of it… Read More »

Inland American buys Loews New Orleans for $74.5M

Inland American buys Loews New Orleans for $74.5M

October 16, 2013 Latest News

Hotelmanagement.netInland American Lodging Group has acquired the 21-story, 285-room Loews New Orleans for a purchase price of $74.5 million, or approximately $261,000 per key.Resorts will continue to manage the hotel. The Loews New Orleans represent… Read More »

Tourism Tee Off 2012

Tourism Tee Off 2012

October 14, 2013 Latest News

Dear Allied Members, The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association 22nd Annual Tourism Tee-Off is approaching, November 22, 2012. In conjunction with the tournament the on-line auction will be launched the same day. In order to make this ye… Read More »

New Orleans gets a Norwegian Jewel as crusie ships get bigger

New Orleans gets a Norwegian Jewel as crusie ships get bigger

October 14, 2013 Latest News

Don Ames ReportingWWL.comNorwegian Cruise Lines has replaced its seasonal ship at the Port of NewOrleans with a newer and larger model.The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel docked in New Orleans on Sunday."And, she sails for a seven-day itinerary into … Read More »

Northview Hotel Group Acquires The 196-room Queen & Crescent Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

Northview Hotel Group Acquires The 196-room Queen & Crescent Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

October 11, 2013 Latest News

Anna Whitlow for Northview Hotel GroupNEW ORLEANS - October 11, 2013 - Northview Hotel Group, in partnership witha fund managed by Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO), has acquired TheQueen & Crescent Hotel, at 344 Camp St. in New Orleans, L… Read More »

New Orleans among three finalists for 2018 Super Bowl

New Orleans among three finalists for 2018 Super Bowl

October 10, 2013 Latest News

New Orleans among three finalists for 2018 Super BowlBy Terrance Harris, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneEmail the authoron October 08, 2013 at 6:24 PM, updated October 08, 2013 at 7:00 PMNew Orleans could be in for a huge party to kick off its Tri-cent… Read More »

Premium Parking Announces an Alliance

Premium Parking Announces an Alliance

September 24, 2013 Latest News

Agreement creates alternative, high quality choice for Hoteliers looking for the perfect parking, valet and front of the house service operator.New Orleans—Premium Parking and Hospitality Parking Services Inc. (HPS) have signed an agreement fo… Read More »

Catholic Charities will begin English as a Second Language classes

Catholic Charities will begin English as a Second Language classes

August 21, 2013 Latest News

“Learning English is life-changing,” said Tessa Wheelock, the adult education coordinator for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.nola.comCatholic Charities will begin English as a Second Language classes: Spirit and SpiceBy Ma… Read More »

Former World Trade Center building to remain

Former World Trade Center building to remain

August 21, 2013 Latest News

The City of New Orleans received three proposals from groups interested in redeveloping the former World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street.nola.comFormer World Trade Center building to remain; Dallas firm recommended as developerBru… Read More »

Employment Classifieds

Employment Classifieds

August 19, 2013 Latest News

Welcome to the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association's Job Posting Program .. offering online classifieds for the hospitality industry in New Orleans.Sign up with us and post your job openings immediately on reaching thousands of targ… Read More »

RTA approves new fare structure for New Orleans-Algiers ferries

RTA approves new fare structure for New Orleans-Algiers ferries

August 14, 2013 Latest News

August 13, 2013 By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune       UPDATE: to read a full report on the RTA Board of Commissioners vote, click here. The New Orleans Regional Transit… Read More »

New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network Announces Tremé Culture Fest Line-Up

New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network Announces Tremé Culture Fest Line-Up

August 5, 2013 Latest News

Technology NewsAugust 03, 2013Drums beating, horns blowing, neighborhood pulsating from the rhythms of dancing - it must be Tremé. The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network announced today the Tremé Culture Fest will return October 18th-… Read More »

Three groups vying for World Trade Center bid will present before committee

Three groups vying for World Trade Center bid will present before committee

July 30, 2013 Latest News

By Blake Hanson, WDSU-6 News Jul 30, 2013NEW ORLEANS —Three groups vying to decide the future of the World Trade Center building will go before a selection committee Tuesday to state their cases. Once presentations are complete, the future … Read More »

 Louisiana rises to No. 4 in national business climate rankings

Louisiana rises to No. 4 in national business climate rankings

July 30, 2013 Latest News

Greater Baton Rouge Business ReportJul 23, 2013Louisiana has the second-best business growth potential in the country and the fourth-best overall business climate, according to Business Facilities’ 9th Annual Rankings Report. Though the full… Read More »

Temporary Staffing Workers and Unions

Temporary Staffing Workers and Unions

July 11, 2013 Latest News

In what is believed to be the first decision of its kind, a National Labor Relations Board Regional Director in Baltimore has justdecided that workers supplied by a temporary staffing agency to clients on a short-term project basis are employees of … Read More »

2013 Essence Fest in New Orleans draws more than 540K, work already underway for 2014

2013 Essence Fest in New Orleans draws more than 540K, work already underway for 2014

July 9, 2013 Latest News

By Associated Press Tuesday, July 9 NEW ORLEANS — The 19th annual Essence Festival is over, but planners for Essence and the city of New Orleans say they’ve already started work on the next one.The festival’s contract with th… Read More »

Hotwire Reveals its Summer Where To Go Now & How Guide: Top Five Destinations to Soak Up the Sun for Less

Hotwire Reveals its Summer Where To Go Now & How Guide: Top Five Destinations to Soak Up the Sun for Less

July 9, 2013 Latest News

Quarterly Guide Provides Top Coastal Getaways Based on Seasonal Trends and Value for the SummerSAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel site, today announced their summer 2013 Where To Go Now & How Gu… Read More »

Essence Festival gives New Orleans economy a big boost

Essence Festival gives New Orleans economy a big boost

July 8, 2013 Latest News

July 6, 2013Monica Hernandez - wwltv.com Eyewitness NewsNEW ORLEANS - It's a "party with a purpose." And this weekend, Essence Festival is in full swing.Hundreds of thousands of visitors are in town for the 19th annual festival, giving the New Or… Read More »

New Orleans gathers more tourism accolades, for top Southern destination and affordability French Quarter Fest

New Orleans gathers more tourism accolades, for top Southern destination and affordability French Quarter Fest

July 3, 2013 Latest News

By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneJuly 01, 2013A stream of tourism endorsements for New Orleans is continuing with nods for affordability from TripAdvisor and an upcoming overall top ranking among Southern destinations in AAA Southern Trav… Read More »

Carnival plans second swap for New Orleans ship

Carnival plans second swap for New Orleans ship

July 1, 2013 Latest News

BY: CityBusiness staff reportsFriday, June 28, 2013Growing demand has led Carnival Cruise Lines to increase the size of one of its ships that sail from the Port of New OrleansCarnival was already set to replace an existing ship in November, but it wi… Read More »

Jindal hits, spares NOLA tourism with veto power

Jindal hits, spares NOLA tourism with veto power

June 25, 2013 Latest News

  Monday, June 24, 2013 Ben Myers, CityBusiness.com Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law one controversial bill related to New Orleans tourism and vetoed another. Jindal, in signing Senate Bill 242, paved the way for the New Orleans … Read More »

Armstrong International Airport Sets Passenger Ranking Record Passenger Numbers Still on the Increase

Armstrong International Airport Sets Passenger Ranking Record Passenger Numbers Still on the Increase

June 25, 2013 Latest News

June 25, 2013 Louis Armstrong International Airport(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport set a new record, ranking #38 out of 827 airports for passenger enplanements and #39 for arrivals among US airports. T… Read More »

Starr Laundry Services

Starr Laundry Services

June 20, 2013 Latest News

Almost 5 years ago a 30,000 sq. ft. "state of the art" laundry facility capable of processing hospitality and condo work was built in Foley, AL on June, 2008 by Sheila Hodges, Chairwomen of Meyer Real Estate and was only processing 1.2M pounds of li… Read More »

PKF Predicts Significant Gains in 2014

PKF Predicts Significant Gains in 2014

June 18, 2013 Latest News

6/13/2013 Hotels in the U.S. are poised for significant gains in 2014, according to data released by PKF Hospitality Research (PKF-HR). The firm is projecting that hotels will see a 7.7 increase in RevPAR in 2014 as well as a 15.4 percent boo… Read More »

New Orleans has double digit RevPar for the first quarter of 2013

New Orleans has double digit RevPar for the first quarter of 2013

June 17, 2013 Latest News

"New Orleans among the top eight in RevPar increases."June 17, 2013Hospitality TimesThe U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance metrics during the first quarter of 2013 in year-over-year measurements, according to data f… Read More »

New Orleans the only city to report double-digit occupancy week ending June 8, 2013

New Orleans the only city to report double-digit occupancy week ending June 8, 2013

June 17, 2013 Latest News

New Orleans in top 25 at the beginning of the summer.June 17, 2013HotelNewsNow.comHENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry reported mixed results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 2-8 June 2013, according to da… Read More »

Hotel Investors In Buying Mood, But Opportunities To Spend Money Scarce

Hotel Investors In Buying Mood, But Opportunities To Spend Money Scarce

June 13, 2013 Latest News

New Orleans and other secondary markets are in demand due to low inventory in large metros.By Randyl DrummerJune 12, 2013Hotel transaction volume is 50% higher this year compared to the same period in 2012 as room demand heats up in a U.S. lodging m… Read More »

New Orleans among top 10 least expensive U.S. destinations

New Orleans among top 10 least expensive U.S. destinations

June 13, 2013 Latest News

"The survey says you get a lot for your money, but there's also a lot you don't have to pay for."Nicondra Norwood- Fox8Jun 12, 2013 New Orleans, La. - Families are constantly tightening budgets and a lot are cutting their summer vacations. B… Read More »

9 Cities Where All of America Wants to Live

9 Cities Where All of America Wants to Live

June 11, 2013 Latest News

By Emily Coyle | More ArticlesJune 05, 2013Are you stuck in a rut in your residence city of choice and ready to take your talents elsewhere? We consulted Bloomberg‘s boomtown cities data to find where America’s movers and shakers are floc… Read More »

Hurricane Readiness/Evacuation Links

Hurricane Readiness/Evacuation Links

June 10, 2013 Latest News

City of New Orleans Listing of links found on the city website:Steps to help make a plan for you and your familyRecommended Hurricane Season SuppliesEvacuSpot pick up pointsLink for Special Needs RegistrySign up for Emergency AlertsCont… Read More »

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) Adds New Features to GoNOLA App for Essence Festival

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) Adds New Features to GoNOLA App for Essence Festival

June 5, 2013 Latest News

A new addition to NOTMC's GoNOLA smart phone App adds information on events and ticketing capabilities for those attending the 2013 Essence FestivalNew Orleans, LA (PRWEB) June 04, 2013NOTMC has teamed up with Essence Festival to update its pop… Read More »

Welcome

Welcome

June 3, 2013 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association has been the professional trade association of the lodging professionals of the Greater New Orleans area since 1924.It represents the lodging industry and its members and provides a means to fur… Read More »

Hotels would be able to tax themselves under bill approved by House Wednesday

Hotels would be able to tax themselves under bill approved by House Wednesday

May 30, 2013 Latest News

By Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune May 29, 2013     A bill allowing hotels to vote to add an extra charge to their customers' bills to pay for better marketing through the New Orle… Read More »

Le Meridien to Debut in New Orleans Following Strategic Conversion

Le Meridien to Debut in New Orleans Following Strategic Conversion

May 30, 2013 Latest News

Thu May 30, 2013Le Meridien to Debut in New Orleans Following Strategic ConversionLe Méridien New Orleans to Open in 2014 following Extensive $29 Million Renovation to Reposition the Hotel, Currently Operated under Starwood’s W BrandStarwood… Read More »

Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act

Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act

May 30, 2013 Latest News

Date: May 29, 2013 5:07:12 PM CDT The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just settled the Commission’s first lawsuit under the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act. The gist of the lawsuit claimed that the employer involv… Read More »

New Orleans Convention Center upgrade clears the Senate committee

New Orleans Convention Center upgrade clears the Senate committee

May 29, 2013 Latest News

Bill for redevelopment of the riverfront passed committee on Wens. morning.May 29, 2013Advocate- capitol news bureauLegislation designed to aid the development of property around the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans cleared a state … Read More »

N.O. Council said research needed before voting on duck boats

N.O. Council said research needed before voting on duck boats

May 28, 2013 Latest News

WWLTV.comMay 28, 2013NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans City Council transportation committee decided Tuesday there were still too many unanswered questions when it comes to the duck boat tours, delaying any vote on the matter until a later date… Read More »

New Orleans Convention Center riverfront proposal passes Louisiana House

New Orleans Convention Center riverfront proposal passes Louisiana House

May 23, 2013 Latest News

By Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune May 22, 2013A bill allowing the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to embark on a significant expansion project on the New Orleans riverfront passed the Louisiana House on Wed… Read More »

Plan for New Orleans riverfront projects using Convention Center funding stalls in Louisiana House

Plan for New Orleans riverfront projects using Convention Center funding stalls in Louisiana House

May 22, 2013 Latest News

By Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune May 21, 2013 A measure allowing the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to enter into private partnerships and help finance a massive project on the New Orleans riverfront couldn… Read More »

Online Distribution Channels Experience Healthy Growth in First Quarter 2013

Online Distribution Channels Experience Healthy Growth in First Quarter 2013

May 22, 2013 Latest News

By Claudette CoveyMay 21, 2013In the first quarter 2013, online channels that include Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and hotel Web sites (Brand.com) continued to experience the most growth according to data from the TravelClick North American Distribu… Read More »

Taxicab regulation - New Orleans (no change) & Kenner (adopts tougher regs)

Taxicab regulation - New Orleans (no change) & Kenner (adopts tougher regs)

May 3, 2013 Latest News

New Orleans: City Council Member James Gray proposed an amendment to the taxicab reform ordinances that would have allowed drivers to keep 10-year old vehicles beyond the Jan 1, 2014 deadline to decrease the age of taxis to seven years. The Landrieu… Read More »

Scheduled Charter Flights from New Orleans to Cancun to Begin

Scheduled Charter Flights from New Orleans to Cancun to Begin

April 9, 2013 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April 9, 2013(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Vacation Express, one of the largest tour operators in the southeast United States with over 22 years of experience in the charter busi… Read More »

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

March 25, 2013 Latest News

Habitat Build Dates for 2014: If you are interested in participating please email gnohla@gnohla.com.To make a donation please click Habitat for Humanity New Orleans website.If you are employed in the hotel & lodging industry and are intereste… Read More »

New Orleans tops ADR and RevPar list for February

New Orleans tops ADR and RevPar list for February

March 25, 2013 Latest News

HNN newswireMarch 22, 2013HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance metrics during February 2013, according to data from STR.Overall, the U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy rose 2.… Read More »

Members Events Calendar

Members Events Calendar

March 18, 2013 Latest News

Habitat for Humanity Dates 2014Please contact office for upcoming dates504-525-6625 Read More »

Committees

Committees

March 18, 2013 Latest News

GNOHLA 2014 Standing Committees and Chairpersons:Education – Tod Chambers, The Roosevelt HotelGovernmental Affairs – Jim Cook, Sheraton New OrleansHabitat for Humanity – Joe Blanchek, New Orleans Marriott at the Convention CenterMem… Read More »

Jindal: Dump state income tax; hike sales, cigarette taxes

Jindal: Dump state income tax; hike sales, cigarette taxes

March 14, 2013 Latest News

wwltv.com March 14, 2013 at 12:02 PMBy MELINDA DESLATTE / Associated PressBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday proposed a hefty jump in the state's sales tax rate and $1 billion in new taxes charged on services to help offse… Read More »

GNOHLA Post 11

GNOHLA Post 11

March 12, 2013 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contacts:Carrie Devries Janet Speyrer John A. WilliamsDeveney for NOCVB and NOTMC UNO … Read More »

Ascend Hotel Collection Expands

Ascend Hotel Collection Expands

March 4, 2013 Latest News

March 4, 2013HotelBusiness.comSILVER SPRING, MD—Ascend Hotel Collection, part of Choice Hotels International, Inc., will expand with four new hotels: Arroyo Pinion Hotel in Sedona, AZ; Napa Winery Inn in Napa Valley, CA; Carmel Mission Inn … Read More »

Super Bowl Press Will Help New Orleans Tourism

Super Bowl Press Will Help New Orleans Tourism

February 22, 2013 Latest News

Good press for New Orleans around Super Bowl 2013 reached an audience of millions, says tourism study....By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayuneon February 20, 2013 The local organizers of Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans often remarked that a ke… Read More »

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

February 18, 2013 Latest News

Refreshment Solutions For over 14 years, Charles Zuppardo has been lead Business Development Manager for Refreshments Solutions; Louisiana's largest vending operator dedicated to providing consumers with convenient, automated point-of-purchase… Read More »

Tourism officials delare victory

Tourism officials delare victory

February 18, 2013 Latest News

"A poll of hotels in the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association before the Super Bowl showed occupancy rates above 99 percent."February 15, 2013 By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Tourism industry pro… Read More »

Port of New Orleans and local tourism leaders address economic concerns after Triumph

Port of New Orleans and local tourism leaders address economic concerns after Triumph

February 18, 2013 Latest News

February 17, 2013WDSUNEW ORLEANS —Days after thousands of stranded cruise ship passengers returned from sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the Port of New Orleans and tourism leaders are addressing concerns that the dream vacation that turned into a n… Read More »

Mardi Gras and Super Bowl preliminary numbers should provide a boost to the city

Mardi Gras and Super Bowl preliminary numbers should provide a boost to the city

February 14, 2013 Latest News

"Officials estimate 1 million people came to the area for Carnival this year..." February 13, 2013 BY DANNY MONTEVERDE, The Advocate New Orleans — With this year’s bifurcated Carnival behind them, city and … Read More »

New Louisiana State tourism campaign takes on music theme

New Louisiana State tourism campaign takes on music theme

February 14, 2013 Latest News

Ads urge tourists to come to Louisiana for a variety of reasons,February 13, 2013By Marsha Shuler,Capitol news bureau- The AdvocateLouisiana music is the focus of the state’s 2013 tourism campaign launched this week in markets around the countr… Read More »

Interview with AH&LA President & CEO Joseph McInerney

Interview with AH&LA President & CEO Joseph McInerney

February 13, 2013 Latest News

BusinessDegreesOnlline.comOnline Hospitality Management DegreesCompetition is fierce for the best jobs in the hospitality industry. That's why earning a degree in hospitality online makes sense. In this industry, you may need both a degree and … Read More »

A New Mardi Gras for a New Orleans

A New Mardi Gras for a New Orleans

February 13, 2013 Latest News

February 12, 2013By KSEE SalesThis Mardi Gras is a special one for New Orleans.It will mark 30-years that the French Quarter festival has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to enjoy its Fat Tuesday festival. Here are some interesting … Read More »

City gets rave reviews for pulling off a week of Super Bowl activities

City gets rave reviews for pulling off a week of Super Bowl activities

February 5, 2013 Latest News

"...we had a great time, the city is so welcoming..."Feb 04, 2013Written by: Sabrina Wilson, Fox8 Live.com New Orleans, La. — Like the lights that lit up the exterior of the Superdome on Super Bowl night, the city's image is shining in… Read More »

Impact of Super Bowl XLVII may be greater than expected

Impact of Super Bowl XLVII may be greater than expected

February 5, 2013 Latest News

"Economic impact of the Super Bowl is expected to be $430 million..."February 4, 2013Katie Moore / Eyewitness NewsNEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl is over and people all across the city are assessing the impact that it had on New Orleans.Everyone from b… Read More »

Airport braces for Super Bowl exodus

Airport braces for Super Bowl exodus

February 4, 2013 Latest News

"42,000 people expected to board planes..."February 4, 2013By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and STACEY PLAISANCE — Associated PressNEW ORLEANS — With the Super Bowl over, airport officials were bracing for a massive exodus of visitors on Monday.Sp… Read More »

New Orleans Reaps Rewards of Big Game

New Orleans Reaps Rewards of Big Game

February 3, 2013 Latest News

"This truly is the grand daddy of all festivals and experiences..."February 3, 2013By BRIAN A. SHACTMAN, CNBCNew Orleans is a party city. It's also a city hit by two of the nation's biggest disasters of the last decade.Hurricane Katrina. Th… Read More »

New Orleans is a tough act to follow as Super Bowl host

New Orleans is a tough act to follow as Super Bowl host

February 3, 2013 Latest News

"If you can make the fan comfortable, feeling safe and feeling welcome and with a lot to do...."February 03, 2013By Steve Politi/Star-Ledger Columnist NEW ORLEANS — What makes a Super Bowl great?The tarot card reader… Read More »

New Orleans punctuates return with Super Bowl

New Orleans punctuates return with Super Bowl

February 1, 2013 Latest News

"I've never seen a love fest from the national media like this week," said Stephen PerryJan. 31, 2013 By Roy Lang III, Gannett Louisiana NEW ORLEANS -- Although Hurricane Katrina temporarily hampered the style of this diverse city, the Big Easy … Read More »

Super Bowl traffic woes are worth hosting the big game, New Orleans residents say

Super Bowl traffic woes are worth hosting the big game, New Orleans residents say

January 31, 2013 Latest News

Traveling near the Superdome could be prove difficult.January 29, 2013By Helen Freund, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneWith preparations and events surrounding Super Bowl 2013 dominating the New Orleans landscape, street closures, detours and parking di… Read More »

Super Bowl 2013 travelers at New Orleans airport will see The Iguanas, Rebirth Brass Band and more

Super Bowl 2013 travelers at New Orleans airport will see The Iguanas, Rebirth Brass Band and more

January 31, 2013 Latest News

By Manuel Torres, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. on January 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM, updated January 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM   Super Bowl 2013 travelers will be serenaded at New Orleans Louis Armstrong International by The Iguanas, Rebirth Bras… Read More »

Hotel deals surge in New Orleans

Hotel deals surge in New Orleans

January 31, 2013 Latest News

  Thursday, January 31, 2013 BY: Ben Myers, Staff Writer CityBusiness The New Orleans hotel acquisition market is evidently heating up as two major sales were recorded in parish conveyance records within five days.   Pa… Read More »

New Orleans hotels get Super Bowl boost

New Orleans hotels get Super Bowl boost

January 31, 2013 Latest News

“Our hotels are at 99.4% full last check,” said Mavis Early..." 31 January 2013 By Patrick Mayock -Editor in Chief HotelNewsNow.com NEW ORLEANS—The United States’ Big Game is providing a big boost to… Read More »

Latest round of Super Bowl-related street closures

Latest round of Super Bowl-related street closures

January 30, 2013 Latest News

  Additional traffic restrictions near the Central Business District in anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl 2013. By Helen Freund, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune January 25, 2013     &… Read More »

Why The Super Bowl Is A Great Showcase For Revitalized New Orleans

Why The Super Bowl Is A Great Showcase For Revitalized New Orleans

January 30, 2013 Latest News

"...reality is it also brings some intangibles that are often not thought of and those are the impression points you get in media..."January 30, 2013John Ellett, ContributorTourism in New Orleans has been booming for the past several years and its r… Read More »

Mavis Early,of GNOHLA, gives a tip on getting rooms for the big weekend

Mavis Early,of GNOHLA, gives a tip on getting rooms for the big weekend

January 30, 2013 Latest News

Last minute cancellations are the key.January 29, 2013By Richard A. Webster, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune EmailHotels for Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans are all but officially sold out after the National Football League an… Read More »

City will benefit long-term from Super Bowl that has grown exponentially

City will benefit long-term from Super Bowl that has grown exponentially

January 29, 2013 Latest News

January 28, 2013Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports ReporterNEW ORLEANS — Jay Cicero sat on a couch recently and pondered a number he hadn’t necessarily thought about before when putting together everything for the week of Super Bowl… Read More »

Maison Dupuy reopens today

Maison Dupuy reopens today

January 29, 2013 Latest News

" Maison Dupuy reopens after renovations due to Hurricane Issac damage." January 28, 2013BY: Maria Clark, Staff Writer CityBusiness French Quarter hotel Maison Dupuy, which has been closed since September due to damage Hurricane Isaac caused, is set … Read More »

New Orleans continues to hit home runs

New Orleans continues to hit home runs

January 28, 2013 Latest News

January 28, 2013By Johanna Jainchill, Travel WeeklyThis Sunday, the Super Bowl will be in New Orleans for the 10th time, tying the city with Miami for the most times as host.It is also the Big Easy's first time hosting the football championship … Read More »

Loyola streetcar line opens Monday, but officials look beyond Super Bowl

Loyola streetcar line opens Monday, but officials look beyond Super Bowl

January 28, 2013 Latest News

"If New Orleans can invest more in things like streetcars, that accentuate all this and grab full advantage of it, it's going to do really well."January 26, 2013By Andrew Vanacore, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneIt's not quite on schedule and… Read More »

 Mayor says N.O. ready for big game

Mayor says N.O. ready for big game

January 24, 2013 Latest News

“We’re no longer preparing to host the Super Bowl. We’re hosting it as we speak.” Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans mayorJanuary 24, 2013BY DANNY MONTEVERDE, The Advocate-New Orleans bureauNew Orleans — Eleven days befo… Read More »

New Orleans Ups Security, Braces For Record Crowds For ‘Super Gras’

New Orleans Ups Security, Braces For Record Crowds For ‘Super Gras’

January 23, 2013 Latest News

“It’s a very unique situation to have Super Bowl, which is truly an experience of a lifetime, coinciding with a unique cultural event like Mardi Gras.”January 23, 2013CBS- SF Bay AreaNEW ORLEANS (CBS 5 / AP) — New Orleans… Read More »

New streetcar line is just about ready to roll

New streetcar line is just about ready to roll

January 22, 2013 Latest News

The new streetcar line is running and the airport finishes a multimillion dollar renovation.By STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated PressJanuary 19, 2013NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After months of construction, road closures and flying dust, New Orleans is ab… Read More »

Mardi Gras and Super Bowl equals Super Gras

Mardi Gras and Super Bowl equals Super Gras

January 22, 2013 Latest News

New Orleans is bracing for record crowds as the biggest sporting event of the year, the NFL Super Bowl, collides with Mardi Gras season in what many locals are calling “Super Gras.”Mardi Gras floats are getting finishing touches, inclu… Read More »

Super Bowl preparations in high gear

Super Bowl preparations in high gear

January 22, 2013 Latest News

...with contract vendors, newscasters and NFL officials in town preparations are taking shape...Jan 21, 2013 Written by: Natasha RobinNew Orleans, La. - The stage is set for the biggest game in the NFL and the city isn't wasting a moment to pre… Read More »

"Disney Institute" Training- Front Line Employees

January 17, 2013 Latest News

In preparation for the Super Bowl, The New Orleans CVB is hosting a service experience training session presented by Disney Institute in New Orleans on January 23, 2013.Training sessions will be held at the Ernest N. Mor… Read More »

"Disney Institute" Training- Bus. Owners

January 17, 2013 Latest News

In preparation for the Super Bowl, The New Orleans CVB is hosting a service experience training session presented by Disney Institute in New Orleans on January 22, 2013.Training will be at the Ernest N. Morial Convention… Read More »

Super Gras- Two major events collide

Super Gras- Two major events collide

January 17, 2013 Latest News

Mardi Gras and Super Bowl are putting New Orleans on stage. January 17, 2013BY: The Associated Press New Orleans is bracing for record crowds as the biggest sporting event of the year, the NFL Super Bowl, collides with Mardi Gras season in what m… Read More »

Human Resource Directors Meeting Schedule

Human Resource Directors Meeting Schedule

January 14, 2013 Latest News

2013January 25February 22March 22April 26May 24June 28July 26August 30September 28October 25November 29December (TBA)… Read More »

Revenue Managers Meeting Schedule

Revenue Managers Meeting Schedule

January 14, 2013 Latest News

2013January 10NOMCVBFebruary 14March 14April 11May 9Windsor Court HotelJune 13Hotel MonteleoneJuly 11August 8BW St. Christ0pherSeptember 12Doubletree HotelOctober 10Hilton Garden InnNovember 14NOCVB/OrbitsDecember 12Sheraton New Orleans… Read More »

Tracking on-time performance at Armstrong Airport

Tracking on-time performance at Armstrong Airport

January 8, 2013 Latest News

New Orleans flights on-time percentage higher than national average. Monday, January 7, 2013Christian Moises, News Editor, CityBusiness Nearly 88 percent of all flights were on time at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in November, … Read More »

Past Presidents

Past Presidents

January 8, 2013 Latest News

Bryan Dupepe, Jr.Hotel Provincial1024 Chartres StreetNew Orleans, LA 70116581-4995 FAX: 581-1018bdupepe@hotelprovincial.comAlfred GroosRoyal Sonesta Hotel300 Bourbon StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130586-0300 FAX: 586-0335agroos@royalsonestano.comE… Read More »

GNOHLA Officers

GNOHLA Officers

January 8, 2013 Latest News

Robert Bray, PresidentNew Orleans Marriott555 Canal StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130David Teich, Vice President/ President ElectWindsor Court300 Gravier StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130Jim Cook, Secretary/TreasurerSheraton New Orleans500 Canal StreetNew Orle… Read More »

Road closures for Super Bowl have begun

Road closures for Super Bowl have begun

January 7, 2013 Latest News

"The plans will be similar to the Super Bowl exactly 11 years ago with a few minor tweaks."January 3, 2013By Meg Farris / Eyewitness New NEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl is still a month away, but already Homeland Security is closing down streets and … Read More »

New airport rental car facility near completion

New airport rental car facility near completion

January 2, 2013 Latest News

"... it will be ready for the big game..."December 21, 2012By Allen Powell II The Advocate-New Orleans bureauKenner — Just a month after a contractor expressed doubt that a new rental car facility at the Louis Armstrong International Airport… Read More »

New Orleans stays No. 1 in recovery

New Orleans stays No. 1 in recovery

January 2, 2013 Latest News

"...the third quarter in a row New Orleans was the top-performing metro area in the Brookings MetroMonitor report..."December 28, 2012BY TIMOTHY BOONE-Advocate business writerNew Orleans continued to fare better than any other metro area in the U.S… Read More »

Hotel Indigo opens after $23 million renovation

Hotel Indigo opens after $23 million renovation

January 2, 2013 Latest News

Hotel Indigo opened Dec. 27th after renovations were completed.Monday, December 31, 2012BY: Greg LaRose, City Business EditorThe hotel at the corner of St. Charles and Jackson avenues that has been closed since 2008 has reopened after a facelift.RLJ … Read More »

New Orleans taxi cab drivers lose in Federal appeals court

New Orleans taxi cab drivers lose in Federal appeals court

December 20, 2012 Latest News

"City is allowed to enforce all ordinances." December 18, 2012 By Bruce Eggler, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A federal appeals court has upheld, at least preliminarily, the validity of all the laws the New Orleans City Council p… Read More »

Safety Training for cab drivers begins Jan. 9

Safety Training for cab drivers begins Jan. 9

December 20, 2012 Latest News

December 18, 2012 By Stephen Babcock, NOLA Media Group | The Times-Picayune             A day after a local cab driver was killed in Hollygrove in an apparent robbery attempt, the New Or… Read More »

NOTMC to launch new slogan

NOTMC to launch new slogan

December 20, 2012 Latest News

"Follow Your NOLA" to debut soon. December 19, 2012 By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune     The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation is launching a new slogan in 2013 in an effort to appeal to… Read More »

Street Closures unveiled for Super Bowl

Street Closures unveiled for Super Bowl

December 12, 2012 Latest News

Street closures will begin as early as January 5th. December 11, 2012 By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans officials on Tuesday unveiled plans for road closures to accommodate crowds for the Super Bowl in February.… Read More »

Tracking on-time performance at Armstrong Airport

Tracking on-time performance at Armstrong Airport

December 12, 2012 Latest News

Most flights during October on time. December 11, 2012 BY: Christian Moises, News Editor CityBusiness Nearly 85 percent of all flights were on time at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in October, according to U.S. Departme… Read More »

SW&B rate increase

SW&B rate increase

December 3, 2012 Latest News

"...the rate increase is meant to help repair an aging system, bolster emergency cash reserves..."Friday, November 30 , 2012Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness NewsNEW ORLEANS - If you live in New Orleans, you could start paying more for water. That's … Read More »

Super Bowl spawns online home rental services

Super Bowl spawns online home rental services

November 29, 2012 Latest News

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New Orleans area hotels boosting the local economy

New Orleans area hotels boosting the local economy

November 29, 2012 Latest News

Current occupancy figures, alone, rank New Orleans at #3, after Nashville and Houston.November 29, 2012Don Ames ReportingOccupancy rates at New Orleans-area hotels are running nearly 6 percent ahead last year at this time."We've had a 5.8 percent… Read More »

2 new cruise ships dock for 6 months

2 new cruise ships dock for 6 months

November 28, 2012 Latest News

The Norwegian Star and Navigator of the Seas call New Orleans home. By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune November 26, 2012 Two new cruise ships arrived in New Orleans in November for six-month stays. The Norwegian Star, with its 2,3… Read More »

YLC helps clean up the I-10 railroad bridge

YLC helps clean up the I-10 railroad bridge

November 27, 2012 Latest News

"...improvements will involve cleaning and painting the entire bridge, both the steel and concrete portion..." Monday, November 26, 2012 BY: Robin Shannon, Staff Writer The Young Leadership Council and the state are working togethe… Read More »

Hotel occupancy outpacing 2011

Hotel occupancy outpacing 2011

November 26, 2012 Latest News

New Orleans-area hotels continued to remain ahead of 2011 occupancy figures by running nearly 6 percent ahead of 2011 occupancy through the first 10 months of the year compared with the same time last year, according to Smith Travel Research’s … Read More »

The Astor Crowne Plaza Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s  Prestigious Annual Readers’ Choice Award

The Astor Crowne Plaza Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Prestigious Annual Readers’ Choice Award

November 15, 2012 Latest News

New Orleans, LA (Nov. 9, 2012)—The publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, thenational multimedia resource for planning events in the South, has presented The Astor Crowne Plaza with a 2012 Readers’ Choice Award.“ConventionSouth… Read More »

Sugar Bowl to host Big 12-SEC game

Sugar Bowl to host Big 12-SEC game

November 7, 2012 Latest News

“New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl are synonymous with post-season college football..." Wednesday, November 7, 2012BY: The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Superdome in New Orleans will be the site of the new marquee bowl matching the So… Read More »

New Orleans taxi regulations are extendended to airport

New Orleans taxi regulations are extendended to airport

November 2, 2012 Latest News

The New Orleans City Council ruled Thursday that all cabs operating at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, regardless of their home parish, must comply with the city's new taxi regulations.By Richard Rai… Read More »

New Orleans cruise passenger counts climb

New Orleans cruise passenger counts climb

October 31, 2012 Latest News

  "...Cruise Lines International Association study found that the industry accounted for $280 million in spending in 2011..." October 31, 2012 BY: Ben Myers, Staff Writer CityBusiness The cruise industry continues to … Read More »

New Orleans tops ADR, RevPAR weekly increases

New Orleans tops ADR, RevPAR weekly increases

October 25, 2012 Latest News

October 25, 2012By Rachel Spann Urrie, HotelNewsNow.comHENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—New Orleans reported the largest increases in average daily rate and revenue per available room during the week of 14-20 October 2012, according to data from STR,… Read More »

U.S. year-to-date RevPAR up 6.9%

U.S. year-to-date RevPAR up 6.9%

October 25, 2012 Latest News

October 25, 2012By Danny King, Travel WeeklyU.S. hotels' revenue per available room (RevPAR) through the first three quarters of the year rose 6.9% from a year earlier, with Oahu, New Orleans and Houston showing the biggest year-over-year gain… Read More »

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visits Nunez Community College regarding $2.8 million grant, including emphasis on restaurant and tourism management.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visits Nunez Community College regarding $2.8 million grant, including emphasis on restaurant and tourism management.

October 17, 2012 Latest News

October 17, 2012 By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, Nola.com Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will tour Nunez Community College in Chalmette on Wednesday afternoon and speak about a nearly $2.8 million grant that her department awarded Nunez to redesig… Read More »

Ticketing Lobby to Expand at the Airport with Whitney Bank's Relocation

Ticketing Lobby to Expand at the Airport with Whitney Bank's Relocation

October 11, 2012 Latest News

Full service bank is now available at the airport.             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 10, 2012 – New Orleans – As part of its $356M capital program, the Louis Armstrong New… Read More »

New Orleans taxis spin their wheels in protest of new city regulations

New Orleans taxis spin their wheels in protest of new city regulations

September 26, 2012 Latest News

"The strike appeared to involve mainly the independently owned cabs and small companies..." September 26, 2012 By Bruce Eggler, The Times Picayune A sizable number of New Orleans' nearly 1,600 taxicabs were parked Tuesday as ow… Read More »

Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish receives $2.7 million business and hospitality workforce grant

Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish receives $2.7 million business and hospitality workforce grant

September 24, 2012 Latest News

September 24, 2012 By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune Beginning Oct. 1, Nunez Community College in Chalmette will receive about a third of nearly $2.8 million in federal grant funds to redesign its business administration program… Read More »

AARP Expo starts today bringing millions of dollars and celebrities

AARP Expo starts today bringing millions of dollars and celebrities

September 20, 2012 Latest News

AARP will bring celebrities and great press with the 20,000 visitors.September 20, 2012By Shana Rose, WWL.comThe AARP is taking over New Orleans for the weekend as national politicians, celebrities and thousands of conventioneers start descending o… Read More »

New Orleans top of occupancy list

New Orleans top of occupancy list

September 20, 2012 Latest News

For week ending September 15, 2012, New Orleans in the top 25.September 20, 2012By Rachel Spann Urie, HotelNewsNow.comHENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry experienced mostly positive results in the three key performance metrics … Read More »

New Orleans water and sewer rate would rise more slowly under latest staff proposal

New Orleans water and sewer rate would rise more slowly under latest staff proposal

September 19, 2012 Latest News

By Richard Rainey, The Times-Picayune September 19, 2012Facing political pressure from Mayor Mitch Landrieu to draft a rate plan he can justify to the public, the staff of the Sewerage & Water Board has scaled back it… Read More »

US hotel results week ending 25 August 2012

US hotel results week ending 25 August 2012

September 5, 2012 Latest News

The U.S. hotel industry experienced positive results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 19-25 August 2012, according to data from STR. In year-over-year comparisons, occupancy ended the week with a 4.9-percent increase to 65.… Read More »

Hoteliers staying calm in the storm

Hoteliers staying calm in the storm

August 30, 2012 Latest News

Slow-moving hurricane Isaac touched down near Port Fourchon, Louisiana at 3:15 a.m. (EST) Wednesday morning and made itself comfortable. The storm brought heavy rains and 80-mile per hour winds to New Orleans on the seven-year anniversary of hurrican… Read More »

Southwest Airlines will add flights out of New Orleans

Southwest Airlines will add flights out of New Orleans

August 27, 2012 Latest News

New flights will be added by March 2013.By: Staff Reporter, Times PicayuneAugust 27, 2012Southwest Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiary Air Tran Airways will add 30 flights out of New Orleans by March 2013, bringing the company's total numb… Read More »

US breaks demand record in July

US breaks demand record in July

August 23, 2012 Latest News

New Orleans leads the U.S. August 22, 2012HotelNewsNow.comHENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance metrics during July 2012, according to data from STR.Overall, the U.S. hotel industry&r… Read More »

Sugar Bowl looking to land new SEC-Big 12 bowl game

Sugar Bowl looking to land new SEC-Big 12 bowl game

August 10, 2012 Latest News

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is apparently prepared to fight to retain its and New Orleans’ spot in college football’s new postseason hierarchy.Sugar Bowl looking to land new SEC-Big 12 bowl gamePublished: Tuesday, August 07, 2012By Ted Lewis… Read More »

Judge extends order blocking new taxi regulations to Aug. 14

Judge extends order blocking new taxi regulations to Aug. 14

August 1, 2012 Latest News

July 31, 2012By Bruce Eggler, Times PicayuneA federal judge has extended his order blocking New Orleans officials from implementing several new regulations for the city's 1,600 taxicabs. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Monday had put the new… Read More »

Court extends TRO to implement new taxi rules until Friday

Court extends TRO to implement new taxi rules until Friday

July 31, 2012 Latest News

"...taxi owners are challenging the legality of many of the regulations the City Council passed..." Tuesday, July 31, 2012 By Bruce Eggler, Times Picayune A federal judge Monday blocked New Orleans officials from implementing a pac… Read More »

Forbes looks at US fastest growing city- New Orleans

Forbes looks at US fastest growing city- New Orleans

July 31, 2012 Latest News

"Results from data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau prove that New Orleans is now the fastest growing city in America..." 7/26/2012 Adriana Lopez, Contributor       The lush branches of the majestic… Read More »

Sewerage and Water Board vote on rate increase delayed

Sewerage and Water Board vote on rate increase delayed

July 23, 2012 Latest News

  Mayor Landrieu asked S&WB to identify and quantify items.     Wednesday, July 18, 2012     By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune Yielding to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request to settle a ha… Read More »

H2B visa foreign worker rules block nearing final action by House Appropriations Committee

H2B visa foreign worker rules block nearing final action by House Appropriations Committee

July 23, 2012 Latest News

"House moves to block federal rule protecting foreign guest workers and giving Americans first shot at jobs..." Friday, July 20, 2012   By Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune WASHINGTON - The House appears ready to follow the… Read More »

Dentsu America is new ad agency for NOTMC

Dentsu America is new ad agency for NOTMC

July 18, 2012 Latest News

"...a new vision and approach to marketing the city as a destination..." July 18, 2012 By: Jaquetta White, Times-Picayune The New Orleans agencies that held the advertising and marketing contract for the New Orleans Tourism Marketi… Read More »

French Quarter Roads- Paths to Progress Information

French Quarter Roads- Paths to Progress Information

July 17, 2012 Latest News

Paths to Progress InformationPaving LA Roads - Status/Schedule … Read More »

STR: US hotel results week ending 7 July 2012

STR: US hotel results week ending 7 July 2012

July 16, 2012 Latest News

16 July 2012The U.S. hotel industry experienced mixed results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 1-7 July 2012, according to data from STR. In year-over-year comparisons for the week, occupancy ended the week with a 3.7-perce… Read More »

35,000 youngsters head to NOLA on a mission to make a difference

35,000 youngsters head to NOLA on a mission to make a difference

July 16, 2012 Latest News

Jul 16, 2012Written by: Jessica Holly Graphic: Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaNew Orleans, La - There is much to do at the Morial Convention Center. Heidi Hagstrom is the Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America You… Read More »

Louisiana Bicentennial Parade rescheduled to Saturday, November 10

Louisiana Bicentennial Parade rescheduled to Saturday, November 10

July 16, 2012 Latest News

Change of date could be a good move.July 12, 2012 By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune Baton Rouge -- A massive military parade to honor Louisiana's 200th year of statehood will be pushed back until Veterans Day weekend … Read More »

New college football playoff format may be better for New Orleans

New college football playoff format may be better for New Orleans

July 6, 2012 Latest News

More than a week has passed since college football announced its new four-team playoff formatNew college football playoff format may be better for New OrleansPublished: Friday, July 06, 2012, 2:15 AMJeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune More than a week ha… Read More »

Bottom - Middle

Bottom - Middle

July 1, 2012 Latest News

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PKF Lodging Forecast for U.S. Remains Strong Despite Lingering Levels of Uncertainty

PKF Lodging Forecast for U.S. Remains Strong Despite Lingering Levels of Uncertainty

June 25, 2012 Latest News

"PKF-HR is forecasting average quarterly RevPAR gains of 4.9 percent during the second half of 2012...." June 21. 2012 Business Wire chainEmbeddedVideos = true; ATLANTA, Jun 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Despite news… Read More »

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Launches $45 Million Renovation

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Launches $45 Million Renovation

June 25, 2012 Latest News

Iconic Canal Street Landmark to Feature the Brand’s Signature Link@Sheraton® experienced with Microsoft®Social Hub, Refurbished Pelican Bar and Stylish Guest Rooms June 21, 2012 Hospitality.net NEW ORLEANS -- Sh… Read More »

At US hotels, Chinese treated to comforts of home

At US hotels, Chinese treated to comforts of home

June 25, 2012 Latest News

"Chinese "welcome programs" at reputable chains like Marriott and Hilton even address delicate cultural differences..."June 21, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CDTAPNEW YORK (AP) — Major hotel brands are bending over backward to cater to the needs of the w… Read More »

Summer tourism boom underway

Summer tourism boom underway

June 20, 2012 Latest News

"...the summer months of June and July were typically slow, but that is not the case this year..."Updated: Jun 19, 2012 11:05 PM CDTWritten by: Natasha Robin Another hotel is added to the list of places for tourists to stay in New Orleans.254 more gu… Read More »

New Orleans Biz: Spiffing Up - Hospitality

New Orleans Biz: Spiffing Up - Hospitality

June 20, 2012 Latest News

Hospitality industry prepares for busy timesKathy Finn, myneworleans.comIn a city that leaps from one big public event to another with aplomb, hotel operators must stay at the top of their game. Hospitality, after all, is their business, and along wi… Read More »

US hotels sell a record 430 million room nights this year

US hotels sell a record 430 million room nights this year

June 20, 2012 Latest News

"...During this year's summer months travelers can expect fuller hotels..."By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAYHotel Check-In has invited hotel analyst Jan D. Freitag, a senior vice president at hotel industry tracker STR, to give us the scoop on hote… Read More »

Plans call for extensive French Quarter street repair to start in July

Plans call for extensive French Quarter street repair to start in July

June 20, 2012 Latest News

by CityBusiness staff reportsJune 20th, 2012 ·The Paths to Progress program is hosting an informational meeting Tuesday regarding extensive road repairs that will take place in the French Quarter this summer.Construction on the following segments … Read More »

New Orleans Scores Big in TripAdvisor’s TripIndex

New Orleans Scores Big in TripAdvisor’s TripIndex

June 18, 2012 Latest News

TripAdvisor ranks New Orleans among the most affordable cities in the U.S. in its TripIndex for travelers based on one night's accommodation, dinner for two, cocktails, and a taxi ride.June 17, 2012New Orleans, LA (PRWEB)This is the second year T… Read More »

Dardenne: Tourism budget ‘slammed’

Dardenne: Tourism budget ‘slammed’

June 14, 2012 Latest News

"Rainwater said the dollars will be used in a way consistent with tourism’s goals..."June 14, 2012BY MICHELLE MILLHOLLONCapitol news bureauCount Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne among those unhappy with the way the $25.6 billion state operating budget … Read More »

Five New Orleans Hotels receive TripAdvisor 2012 Award of Excellence

Five New Orleans Hotels receive TripAdvisor 2012 Award of Excellence

June 13, 2012 Latest News

Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Le Marais, Hotel Mazarin and Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Honored as Highly Rated Hotels as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's Largest Travel SitechainEmbeddedVideos = true; June 12, 2012MarketWat… Read More »

Carey Watermark Investors Acquires Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter/CBD

Carey Watermark Investors Acquires Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter/CBD

June 13, 2012 Latest News

"...we are excited to renovate and improve this strategically located property..."MarketwireNEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 06/12/12 -- Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated (CWI) announced today that it has completed a joint venture investmen… Read More »

Louisiana Soundtrack Heralds Cutting Edge Conference In NOLA

Louisiana Soundtrack Heralds Cutting Edge Conference In NOLA

June 11, 2012 Latest News

Louisianatravel.com is launching a new website focusing on music found in Louisiana.June 11, 2012By Clyde Smith for Hyperbot.comThough they are entirely separate events, the launch of multimedia site Louisiana Soundtrack and plans for the Cutting E… Read More »

Tourism officials relish good news for their industry

Tourism officials relish good news for their industry

June 7, 2012 Latest News

Daily rates up, tourists are all smiles and the industry is happy.Jun 06, 2012 6:39 PMWritten by: Sabrina Wilson- WDSU TVNew Orleans, La. — Local tourism leaders are thrilled about the national attention the city's tourism industry continu… Read More »

Crime and cleanliness cause for concern among New Orleans tourism officials

Crime and cleanliness cause for concern among New Orleans tourism officials

June 6, 2012 Latest News

Survey reveals strong and weak areas in the city amongst tourists.June 4, 2012Don Ames WWL-AM 870 A national survey reveals strong consumer perceptions about New Orleans as the summer travel season kicks off.Survey results seem to affirm the Convent… Read More »

Rising hotel room rates reflect robust rebound in New Orleans

Rising hotel room rates reflect robust rebound in New Orleans

June 4, 2012 Latest News

June 03, 2012By Jaquetta White, The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneHotel occupancy rates in the New Orleans area are higher than they've been in more than a decade, thanks to refurbished hotels, a jam-packed event ca… Read More »

With hospitality zone bill stalled, convention center explores other alternatives

With hospitality zone bill stalled, convention center explores other alternatives

May 24, 2012 Latest News

..."We'll continue to explore ways to improve our infrastructure,"...May 23, 2012By Jaquetta White, Times PicayuneRepresentatives from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center-New Orleans will sit down soon with other members of the hospitality i… Read More »

Finger-pointing ensues after Hospitality District killed in legislature

Finger-pointing ensues after Hospitality District killed in legislature

May 23, 2012 Latest News

...Bill was pulled from Legislature...by Ben Myers, Staff WriterMay 22nd, 2012 ·The Hospitality Zone proposal for downtown New Orleans appeared to meet a bitter end today as the blame game gathered momentum.A bill in the Louisiana Legislature t… Read More »

Senate rejects smoking ban extension

Senate rejects smoking ban extension

May 23, 2012 Latest News

"...It could have eliminated smoking int he Quarter entirely..." 8:59 am Wed, May 23, 2012 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 BY: The Associated Press BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Senate has refused to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance t… Read More »

New Orleans water board trims back giant proposed rate increases

New Orleans water board trims back giant proposed rate increases

May 10, 2012 Latest News

Thanks to the promise of new federal and state revenue, Sewerage & Water Board officials have pared back a series of steep rate increases they first proposed last fall. New Orleans water board trims back giant proposed rate increases Publis… Read More »

Forbes names NOLA number 13 for best big cities for jobs

Forbes names NOLA number 13 for best big cities for jobs

May 9, 2012 Latest News

Technology and energy are big sectors, not just oil...May 8, 2012Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness NewsMETAIRIE, La.-- Workers tap away on computers, eager to come up with new computing and engineering ideas at the offices of Geocent."We do a lot of work … Read More »

U.S. may extend deadline for public pool accessibility

U.S. may extend deadline for public pool accessibility

May 8, 2012 Latest News

"Only an extension is being considered, not stripping the requirement..."Written by Staff and wire reportsMay. 5, 2012WASHINGTON -- A federal rule that requires installation of permanent mechanical pool chairs for the disabled at public swimming pool… Read More »

TRIPADVISOR ANNOUNCES 2012 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS

TRIPADVISOR ANNOUNCES 2012 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS

May 2, 2012 Latest News

London and New York City Named World’s Best Travel Spots Based on Opinions from the TripAdvisor Community of Millions NEWTON, Mass. — May 1, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, tod… Read More »

Campaign to encourage US tourism launches

Campaign to encourage US tourism launches

May 2, 2012 Latest News

International travel marketing campaign by Brand USA...May 1, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CDTAPNEW YORK (AP) — How do you sell Times Square and the Grand Canyon? The Carolinas and California?Residents of Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom are getting a… Read More »

Florida judge temporarily blocks new rules on foreign guest workers

Florida judge temporarily blocks new rules on foreign guest workers

April 30, 2012 Latest News

April 27, 2012 Bruce Alpert, Times -Picayune WASHINGTON -- A Florida federal judge temporarily blocked the Labor Department from implementing rules the agency says would protect foreign guest workers and ensure Americans get first shot at the j… Read More »

Loews housekeeper finds necklace of Arizona guest

Loews housekeeper finds necklace of Arizona guest

April 30, 2012 Latest News

April 28, 2012Letter to the Editor, Times-PicayuneMy husband and I recently visited New Orleans for my 10-year Tulane Medical School reunion. It was delightful to spend the weekend with old friends and to enjoy the city that holds a special place i… Read More »

Outrage over General Services Administration spending could chill New Orleans travel

Outrage over General Services Administration spending could chill New Orleans travel

April 30, 2012 Latest News

New Orleans could be impacted by the recent GSA conference overspending in Las Vegas April 29, 2012 By Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune WASHINGTON -- Outrage over lavish spending at a 2010 General Services Administration conference in Las Ve… Read More »

Industrial Development Board is generous with property tax breaks for developers

Industrial Development Board is generous with property tax breaks for developers

April 30, 2012 Latest News

IDB has declined only one developer in 15 years, according to BGR April 29, 2012 By Rebecca Mowbray, Times-Picayune For real estate developers, visiting the Industrial Development Board of New Orleans and asking for a property tax break is a… Read More »

Hospitality district, board could be in the works for New Orleans

Hospitality district, board could be in the works for New Orleans

April 30, 2012 Latest News

"The bills would raise millions to promote the city and keep downtown -- the French Quarter, in particular -- sparkling..." April 29, 2012By Michelle Krupa, Times- PicayuneAiming to streamline government and seal off avenues to corruption, New Orlea… Read More »

Jazz Fest - WWL Radio Apr 27

Jazz Fest - WWL Radio Apr 27

April 30, 2012 Latest News

Mavis Early spoke with Don Ames regarding the hotels occupancy.Don Ames, WWL- AM 870 A booming year for tourism in New Orleans gets another huge shot in the arm the next couple of weeks.JazzFest, of course, means huge crowds at the Fairgrounds and i… Read More »

Hotel occupancy high first weekend of Jazz Fest

Hotel occupancy high first weekend of Jazz Fest

April 27, 2012 Latest News

Some hotel rates up over 200% for first weekend of Jazz FestUpdated: Apr 26, 2012 3:54 PM CDTWritten by: Rob Masson Fox 8 Live News New Orleans, La. - The first weekend of Jazz Fest is upon us, and in spite of hundreds of new hotel rooms, there aren&… Read More »

Jazz Fest,

Jazz Fest, "A Charmed Year"

April 27, 2012 Latest News

As the New Orleans Jazz Fest opens today, hotels are booked to capacityNew Orleans Jazz Fest returns hotels to 'sold out' statusPublished: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9:00 PM Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 10:50 PMJaquetta White, The Ti… Read More »

2012 Q1 increases in ADR and RevPar

2012 Q1 increases in ADR and RevPar

April 24, 2012 Latest News

Double digit increases in ADR...April 24, 2012HNN NewswireHENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance metrics for first-quarter 2012 in year-over-year measurements, according to data from S… Read More »

Taxi rule changes approved by New Orleans City Council

Taxi rule changes approved by New Orleans City Council

April 20, 2012 Latest News

After five hours of debate, the council approved all 24 ordinances presented Thursday...Taxi rule changes approved by New Orleans City CouncilPublished: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 11:59 PMMichelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune By Michelle Krupa, The Times… Read More »

Expanded no-smoking zones passed by House

Expanded no-smoking zones passed by House

April 17, 2012 Latest News

April 17, 2012By Ed Anderson, The Times PicayuneBATON ROUGE -- Smoking would be banned within 25 feet of handicapped ramps and entrances to public and private buildings where smoking is already outlawed inside, the House said Monday. Representativ… Read More »

Proposal for New Orleans hospitality district with taxing authority to be discussed

Proposal for New Orleans hospitality district with taxing authority to be discussed

April 16, 2012 Latest News

French Quarter Management to hold meeting...April 16, 2012By Bruce Eggler, The Times PicayuneThe board of the French Quarter Management District, a 5-year-old state agency, will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss several bills in the Legislatu… Read More »

Drury Inn to build 60 new suites

Drury Inn to build 60 new suites

April 11, 2012 Latest News

"...Construction permit for $4 million filed last week..."April 10th, 2012by Maria Clark, New Media SpecialistThe Drury Inn on Poydras Street will expand, adding an additional 60 suites on the property that’s now used as its parking lot.Const… Read More »

Hotels already booked ahead of 2013 Super Bowl

Hotels already booked ahead of 2013 Super Bowl

April 11, 2012 Latest News

"Hotels and restaurants to be the big winners."Wednesday, April 11, 2012BY: Richard A. Webster, CityBusinessThe NCAA Men’s Final Four was, by all accounts, a huge success for New Orleans.But compared to the Super Bowl, it was just a warm-up act… Read More »

La. Office of Tourism does not want to foot entire bill for Super Bowl XLVII

La. Office of Tourism does not want to foot entire bill for Super Bowl XLVII

April 10, 2012 Latest News

"It's costing the state $6 million to host the big game..."wwltv.com Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:48 AM NEW ORLEANS - Super Bowl XLVII will take place in the Superdome in 2013, but there's a battle over who should foot the bill.It's co… Read More »

Luxury Corporate Retreats Are Back

Luxury Corporate Retreats Are Back

April 10, 2012 Latest News

April 10, 2012ehotelier.comGet ready for some teambuilding and brainstorming-corporate group travel is heating up again as companies (long skittish about the stigma known as the "AIG effect") are slowly resuming retreats and conventions in luxu… Read More »

French Quarter Noise Ordinance (Loudspeaker Ordinance) Passes

French Quarter Noise Ordinance (Loudspeaker Ordinance) Passes

April 6, 2012 Latest News

Just in from Councilmember Palmer's office, here is the ordinance as amended and passed.LoudspeakerPlacementOrdinance28976 as amended & adopted- redline[4.5.12]… Read More »

Council tries new tack on Quarter noise

Council tries new tack on Quarter noise

April 4, 2012 Latest News

"An acquitted case leads the City Council to define the rules more."April 4, 2012Michelle Krupa, The Times PicayuneThe latest battle in the decades-long war over noise in the French Quarter has nothing to do with volume -- at least not explicitly. Un… Read More »

Rides to get less bumpy in the Quarter

Rides to get less bumpy in the Quarter

April 3, 2012 Latest News

"...be prepared for disruptions..."April 3, 2012By Frank Donze, The Times PicayuneRepairs for eight French Quarter streets are among the highlights of a $90 million program that will allocate federal dollars for improvements to roadways and sidewalks… Read More »

Kentucky gets the trophy, New Orleans gets the gold

Kentucky gets the trophy, New Orleans gets the gold

April 3, 2012 Latest News

"Final Four had a huge impact on tourism"April 3, 2012Chris Miller, WWL newsThe Kentucky Wildcats are going home with the trophy, while New Orleans counts its money! Local tourism leaders say they could not be happier with the recently-concluded NCA… Read More »

Hard Rock Cafe moving from Decatur Street to Iberville & Bourbon Streets

Hard Rock Cafe moving from Decatur Street to Iberville & Bourbon Streets

April 2, 2012 Latest News

"...two new businesses on Canal Street will help "breathe life" into the commercial strip, provide a much-needed face lift for a key entry point into the French Quarter..."March 27, 2012Frank Donze, The Times PicayuneThe Hard Rock Cafe will shutt… Read More »

New Orleans hotels draw local crowd with creative bar offerings

New Orleans hotels draw local crowd with creative bar offerings

March 30, 2012 Latest News

In New Orleans, Hotels Lure a Local Fan BaseBy PABLEAUX JOHNSONThe New York TimesPublished March 29, 2012MIDWAY through a Friday happy-hour gig, the bandleader Shannon Powell started taking requests.“Anything y’all wanna hear?” he a… Read More »

Convention Center contributes $30 million to effort to spruce up tourism district

Convention Center contributes $30 million to effort to spruce up tourism district

March 29, 2012 Latest News

"We're using the Super Bowl as an opportunity to fix a ton of dissatisfiers as quickly as possible..."March 28, 2012By Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneThe Ernest N. Morial Convention Center-New Orleans will contribute up to $30 million to an e… Read More »

Tourism spending in U.S. surged 8.1% last year to $1.2 trillion

Tourism spending in U.S. surged 8.1% last year to $1.2 trillion

March 28, 2012 Latest News

Although American travelers account for the vast majority of tourism spending, more foreign visitors are coming to the U.S. and spending more.March 22, 2012By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Washington—A record number of for… Read More »

Turning historic buildings into fine botels

Turning historic buildings into fine botels

March 28, 2012 Latest News

The number of hotel conversions of historic properties is rising in the U.S. as developers steer away from new constructions due to limited lending availability, this feature says. Despite the challenges inherent in modernizing older structures, thes… Read More »

Hotel rate increases in February set new record

Hotel rate increases in February set new record

March 28, 2012 Latest News

Data released by Pegasus Solutions show that hotel rates for leisure travelers jumped 7.3% in February against the same period last year, while rates for corporate travelers rose 7.1% in the same period. The figures beat previous records of a 6.4% ri… Read More »

New Orleans tourism zone proposed in bills before Louisiana Legislature

New Orleans tourism zone proposed in bills before Louisiana Legislature

March 26, 2012 Latest News

Comparison of Senate Bills 573 and 608Published: March 25, 2012By: Jaquetta White, Times PicayuneNew Orleans would receive a formal hospitality zone, governed by a board and funded, possibly, through taxes on hotels and food and beverage purveyors… Read More »

New Orleans tourism breaks record in 2011

New Orleans tourism breaks record in 2011

March 26, 2012 Latest News

"...corporate travelers said they extended their stay for pleasure for an extra two days..."March 26, 2012Michelle Krupa, Times PicayuneThe 8.75 million tourists who visited New Orleans last year spent a record-breaking $5.47 billion, Mayor Mitch Lan… Read More »

A look at Marriott International CEO Bill Marriott

A look at Marriott International CEO Bill Marriott

March 22, 2012 Latest News

Q & A with Bill Marriott...March 14, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CDTAPNAME: J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr.AGE: 79. Born in Washington D.C. on March 25, 1932.EDUCATION: Prep school at St. Albans in Washington D.C.; University of Utah, B.S. in banking and finance, … Read More »

PKF Projects Strong 2012

PKF Projects Strong 2012

March 21, 2012 Latest News

Unprecedented Six Years of Occupancy Growth,Outlook Positive Through 2016Stage Set For Increased Capital InvestmentMarch 20, 2012PKF ConsultingWith nearly two years of momentum behind it, the U.S. lodging industry’s fundamentals are projected t… Read More »

Hyatt first large hotel chain to modernize the hotel TV

Hyatt first large hotel chain to modernize the hotel TV

March 13, 2012 Latest News

In a bid to entice today's tech-savvy travelers, Hyatt today has become the first major hotel brand to announce that it will roll out a newfangled, in-room TV system centered around the Internet.The announcement means that, within about a year, g… Read More »

BRETT FORSHAG IS NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES FOR HRI LODGING

BRETT FORSHAG IS NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES FOR HRI LODGING

March 8, 2012 Latest News

Brett Forshag, an accomplished New Orleans hotel veteran, has joined HRI Lodging as Vice President of SalesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Gary Gutierrez Tom LongPresident, HRI Lodging Thomas Lon… Read More »

Carnival cruise ship being upgraded for New Orleans market

Carnival cruise ship being upgraded for New Orleans market

March 7, 2012 Latest News

Carnival to refit and, for the first time, rename a ship...March 7, 2012Jacquetta White, Times PicayuneThe Carnival Destiny will be renamed the Carnival Sunshine and will replace the Carnival Conquest in New Orleans in November 2013 following a $15… Read More »

TripAdvisor suspends

TripAdvisor suspends "new" rating system

March 6, 2012 Latest News

The wheels move fast at TripAdvisor – sometimes.March 5, 2012Kevin May, tnoozThe user review giant has temporarily removed a new rating system from product pages after scores of complaints this week.TripAdvisor has been collecting ratings for… Read More »

New Orleans airport opening new refund center

New Orleans airport opening new refund center

March 6, 2012 Latest News

New tax refund center operating in main ticket lobby.March 6, 2012APKENNER, La. (AP) — The state is opening a new tax-free shopping refund center at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.The center is part of the renovation of the… Read More »

Laurus Corporation acquires New Orleans Airport Ramada Hotel

Laurus Corporation acquires New Orleans Airport Ramada Hotel

March 6, 2012 Latest News

"...the new owners plan to renovate and upgrade the hotel and rebrand it under a Holiday-Inn Express franchise affiliation..."March 6, 2012Staff Writer, Global Airport CitiesReal estate investment and development company Laurus Corporation has ac… Read More »

AH&LA Focuses On Decisive Political Year

AH&LA Focuses On Decisive Political Year

March 5, 2012 Latest News

GNOHLA Governmental Affairs Committee Ted Selogie and GNOHLA Executive Director Mavis Early participated in the AHLA Legislative Action Summit in Washington this week, along with Bill Langkopp of the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association and coll… Read More »

Armstrong Airport hit post-Katrina passenger high in 2011

Armstrong Airport hit post-Katrina passenger high in 2011

March 5, 2012 Latest News

"...a clear sign of the strength of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area to draw visitors for business and pleasure..."March 2, 2012By Christian Moises, CityBusinessPassenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport ended 20… Read More »

Hilton continues with renovations at downtown hotels

Hilton continues with renovations at downtown hotels

February 27, 2012 Latest News

As the Hilton continues its revovations the DoubleTree begins its...February 24, 2012Richard Webster, CityBusinessTwo Hilton hotels in downtown New Orleans are undergoing major renovations.The Hilton Riverside is in the midst of a $15 million overhau… Read More »

2012 begins with higher occupancy

2012 begins with higher occupancy

February 23, 2012 Latest News

Smith Travel Research found occupancy higher in January for the second straight year.February 22, 2012Christian Moises, CityBusiness Staff WriterNew Orleans-area hotels saw a second straight year-over-year increase in occupancy in January with the e… Read More »

2012 could be a banner year for New Orleans

2012 could be a banner year for New Orleans

February 23, 2012 Latest News

Tourism officials expect 2012 to be the best year yet.February 23, 2012Shana Rose, WWL - 870With a successful Carnival season on the books, 2012 has started off great for New Orleans tourism, but there's a lot yet to come says Kelly Schulz, Vic… Read More »

 GE TO OPEN NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS

GE TO OPEN NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS

February 20, 2012 Latest News

City of New Orleans announces new information technology jobs...City of New Orleans Press ReleaseFebruary 17, 2012NORWALK, Conn. – February 17, 2012 - GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it will open the GE Capital Technology Center in New O… Read More »

Downtown hotels nearly filled to the brim

Downtown hotels nearly filled to the brim

February 17, 2012 Latest News

Last year, hotels were giddy with excitement as thousands of students, lured by warmer weather and the freedom of spring break, descended on New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.Mardi Gras fills New Orleans hotels nearly to the brimPublished: Thursd… Read More »

New Hotel openings lead to renovations

New Hotel openings lead to renovations

February 16, 2012 Latest News

Two hotels complete renovations making them more competitive with the new hotels...2/15/2012By Richard Webster, Staff WriterThe Windsor Court Hotel, the city’s only four-star rated property, has completed a multimillion dollar renovation that g… Read More »

Rating on-time performance at Armstrong Airport

Rating on-time performance at Armstrong Airport

February 16, 2012 Latest News

"Nationwide, nearly 84 percent of flights were on time in December, 85.4 percent of all flights in New Orleans..."February 15, 2012By Christian Moises,New EditorNearly 85.4 percent of all flights at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport w… Read More »

Bourbon Orleans Hotel Completes Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

Bourbon Orleans Hotel Completes Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

February 13, 2012 Latest News

New bedding and in-room amenities part of the renovations...HotelBusiness.com2/10/2012NEW ORLEANS—The Bourbon Orleans Hotel has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation affecting all of the hotel’s 218 luxury guestrooms and 28 balcon… Read More »

Countdown Begins

Countdown Begins

February 7, 2012 Latest News

Tuesday, February 7, 2012By: Jeff Duncan, The Times-PicayuneIndianapolis — The New York Giants weren't the only winners at Super Bowl XLVI. The city of Indianapolis won big, too.On Monday, as the Giants were planning today's victory … Read More »

Mardi Gras parades will pause for 2013 Super Bowl

Mardi Gras parades will pause for 2013 Super Bowl

February 7, 2012 Latest News

"Krewes have been alerted of the move in dates for 2013"Tuesday, February 7, 2012By Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneNew Orleanians may still be polishing off holiday leftovers when the first parade of the Mardi Gras season rolls on the city street… Read More »

New Orleans airport to choose consultant today

New Orleans airport to choose consultant today

February 1, 2012 Latest News

January 31, 2012By Michelle Krupa, The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans officials Wednesday are slated to choose the first of five consultants whose work would serve as a blueprint for overhauling oft-derided Louis Armstrong International Airport, which … Read More »

Start your engines...

Start your engines...

January 30, 2012 Latest News

...$60 million facility south of the TPC Louisiana Golf Course is essentially a Disney World for motorsports enthusiasts... January 30, 2012 By Paul Roux, The Times Picayune A self-described "motorhead," Bob Hennessey was one of th… Read More »

Super Bowl committee off and running

Super Bowl committee off and running

January 30, 2012 Latest News

...but what’s so much more now is that positive media coverage... January 30, 2012 By Nakia Hogan, The Times Picauyne The New Orleans Saints might not have been able to play their way into Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday… Read More »

New Orleans occupancy up week ending January 21, 2012

New Orleans occupancy up week ending January 21, 2012

January 30, 2012 Latest News

January 30, 2012STR ReportsThe U.S. hotel industry experienced increases in all three key performance metrics during the week of 15-21 January 2012, according to data from STR.In year-over-year comparisons for the week, occupancy was up 3.9 percent t… Read More »

New Orleans in great shape for a great Mardi Gras

New Orleans in great shape for a great Mardi Gras

January 30, 2012 Latest News

January 30, 2012Don Ames Reporting The New Orleans hospitality industry is geared up to treat visitors to a great carnival season.Hotels in the city are ready for the influx as more and more of them are reopening, rehabbing, or starting out brand n… Read More »

Hotel industry looks for deal pace to pick up

Hotel industry looks for deal pace to pick up

January 30, 2012 Latest News

...development is still a soft spot as tight credit conditions have limited new-hotel builds...Fri Jan 27, 2012By Karen Jacobs Thomson Reuters – reuters.com(Reuters) - Hotel companies and real estate firms are optimistic that deal transaction… Read More »

Louisiana tourism trending upward

Louisiana tourism trending upward

January 26, 2012 Latest News

"...tourist spending this year should also outpace 2011 by about $500 million..."January 26, 2012Ed Anderson, The Times-PicayuneLt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, the state's chief tourism booster, said Wednesday that the number of tourists and the money … Read More »

U.S. Hotel Sector Posts Performance Gains in Mid-January, New Orleans Leading the Way

U.S. Hotel Sector Posts Performance Gains in Mid-January, New Orleans Leading the Way

January 25, 2012 Latest News

Major events helped the occupancy rate rise for week ending January 14, 2012.January 23, 2012By David Barley, World Property ChannelAccording to STR, the U.S. hotel industry experienced increases in all three key performance metrics during the week … Read More »

Sewage and Water Board- Financial Plan and Rate Study 2011

Sewage and Water Board- Financial Plan and Rate Study 2011

January 24, 2012 Latest News

This is the study conducted by the Sewage and Water Board in .pdf format. It may take a few minutes to download. Read More »

Original Texaco Building on Canal Street renovation financing approved

Original Texaco Building on Canal Street renovation financing approved

January 23, 2012 Latest News

Retail will be placed on the street level and the rest will be housing for the elderly.Sunday, January 22, 2012By Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneNew life might soon be coming to a tired, dilapidated Canal Street building. The St… Read More »

Proposed Sewerage & Water Board rate increases get public discussion

Proposed Sewerage & Water Board rate increases get public discussion

January 23, 2012 Latest News

Increase in rate are to help with significant infrastructure investments.Monday, January 23, 2012By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneWith dire warnings that New Orleans' aging drinking water, sewer and drainage systems face… Read More »

Strategy aims to entice repeat tourists to N.O.

Strategy aims to entice repeat tourists to N.O.

January 17, 2012 Latest News

Pilot program aimed at getting BCS visitors for a return visit.Sunday January 15, 2012Jaquetta White, The Times -PicayuneAs they poured out of the city Tuesday morning after the BCS championship game, fans of LSU and Alabama who stayed at local hotel… Read More »

Metro legislators to chair more committees

Metro legislators to chair more committees

January 17, 2012 Latest News

"Metro area to keep its' clout in Baton Rouge"Tuesday, January 17, 2012Editorial Page Staff, The Times-PicayuneThe Legislature has important issues to tackle in the four-year term that began last week, from the state's long-term fiscal cond… Read More »

Does New Orleans need more hotel rooms?

Does New Orleans need more hotel rooms?

January 10, 2012 Latest News

"Adding more rooms will allow the city to attract bigger meetings, which will increase the annual number of tourists and conventioneers..."Monday, January 9, 2012Richard A. Webster, CityBusinessIn the past four months, New Orleans has added 1,359 hot… Read More »

Mayor Mitch Landrieu implores revelers to behave, plan ahead

Mayor Mitch Landrieu implores revelers to behave, plan ahead

January 9, 2012 Latest News

City will revel in the attention as tourists spend, spend, spend...Thursday, January 05, 2012 By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune With more than 250,000 visitors expected to descend upon New Orleans for back-to-back gridi… Read More »

Sporting Events create a larger economic impact than first thought

Sporting Events create a larger economic impact than first thought

January 9, 2012 Latest News

Nine sporting events make New Orleans "Sports Meca". January 6, 2012Greg Bishop, New York TimesNEW ORLEANS — On Friday, players from Alabama and Louisiana State answered questions on the field at the Superdome, where S-A-I-N-T-S spread across … Read More »

Cruise ship traffic is key to the New Orleans economy

Cruise ship traffic is key to the New Orleans economy

January 9, 2012 Latest News

Cruise ships are a reminder of the importance of the Mississippi River for New Orleans. By Rick Jervis, McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceNEW ORLEANS - Saturday mornings at the Port of New Orleans are a rush of activity. Passengers, fresh off Mexican or… Read More »

New Hotel Mazarin Announces a major Trip Sweepstakes

New Hotel Mazarin Announces a major Trip Sweepstakes

January 3, 2012 Latest News

Contact: For Immediate ReleaseMarc BeckerArea Director of MarketingMarc.Becker@neworleanshotelcollection.com504 527 0407New Hotel Mazarin Announces a major T… Read More »

Football Jackpot

Football Jackpot

December 22, 2011 Latest News

New Orleans will reap financial rewards from 3 bowl games, the Saints...12/18/11 6:53AMThe Times- PicayuneJaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneBeginning with Saturday night's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, three college football games are expected t… Read More »

Plans to Boost New Orleans Tourism Outlined

Plans to Boost New Orleans Tourism Outlined

December 15, 2011 Latest News

  "Identifying middle of the week tourists is part of the strategy"           Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Jaquetta White, TimesPicayune In their first joint presentation to the hos… Read More »

Voyager of the Seas is larger than life

Voyager of the Seas is larger than life

November 28, 2011 Latest News

"Voyager of the Seas is as luxurious as it is long."Sunday, November 27, 2011By: Jerry McLeod, Times -PicayuneIt sailed in smoothly overnight, slinking up the Mississippi River and gliding into place at the city's new Julia Street Cruise Termina… Read More »

Louisiana Tax-free Shopping Program is well received by all

Louisiana Tax-free Shopping Program is well received by all

November 14, 2011 Latest News

"Program is seen as a win-win on every aspect"By: Ed Anderson, Time PicayuneNovember 13, 2011BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana's Tax Free Shopping Program, which gives overseas visitors a chance to recoup some of the sales tax they pay on purchases made… Read More »

Armstrong Airport passenger traffic up for 14th straight month

Armstrong Airport passenger traffic up for 14th straight month

November 8, 2011 Latest News

"...those arriving at the airport — was up 4.8 percent..."by CityBusiness staff reportsNovember 8th, 2011Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport posted its 14th straight year-over-year gain in September, acco… Read More »

Boom at the inns

Boom at the inns

November 7, 2011 Latest News

Hotels are being renovated in larger numbers...The attention may have been on the Hyatt Regency as construction crews worked to deliver a sparkling new hotel last month following a six-year closure. But it was hardly the only hotel in New Orleans … Read More »

SAC will acquire Sonesta

SAC will acquire Sonesta

November 3, 2011 Latest News

No changes in the future for the New Orleans hotelBOSTON—Sonesta International Hotels Corp. entered into a definitive merger agreement in which Sonesta Acquisition Corp. (SAC formerly known as Property Acquisition Corp.), will acquire Sonest… Read More »

FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

November 1, 2011 Latest News

On November 9 at 2:00 p.m. eastern standard time, the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEMTest to Take Place November 9 at 2 p.m. EDTOn Nov… Read More »

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas Named Fourth Vice President  of International Association of Chiefs of Police

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas Named Fourth Vice President of International Association of Chiefs of Police

October 31, 2011 Latest News

New Orleans Police Department- Public Information Office(October 27, 2011)- Superintendent Ronal Serpas is officially the new Fourth Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Superintendent Serpas, who ran unoppos… Read More »

Convention Center board will study redevelopment of 50-acre lot

Convention Center board will study redevelopment of 50-acre lot

October 27, 2011 Latest News

"The lot has remained largely vacant, with the exception of its use on occasion as a home for small festivals."Wednesday, October 26, 2011Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneFour years after scrapping plans to expand onto a 50-acre lot abutting the Ern… Read More »

Morial Convention Center Hall A gets a new look

Morial Convention Center Hall A gets a new look

October 25, 2011 Latest News

More multipurpose rooms are created for Hall A...by Christian Moises, News EditorOctober 24th, 2011Hall A of the New Orleans Morial Convention Center will get a yearlong makeover starting in December to break up the 100,000-square-foot main space… Read More »

St. Louis Hotel is now Hotel Mazarin

St. Louis Hotel is now Hotel Mazarin

October 20, 2011 Latest News

Saint Louis Hotel changes name:Hotel MazarinNew Orleans Hotel Collection730 Bienville Street (French Quarter)New Orleans LA 70130(504) 581-7300(800)535-9111 reservations97 Rooms – 2 Suites – Fitness and Business Center. Free in room coff… Read More »

New Orleans Airport cleared by Cuba

New Orleans Airport cleared by Cuba

October 13, 2011 Latest News

Hopes that the private sector benefits from this clearance from Cuba.October 13, 2011By: Rebecca Mowbray, Times PicayuneThe Cuban government has agreed to receive direct flights from New Orleans for the first time in more than 50 years, opening the … Read More »

Attention for tourism being moved to the under 30 crowd

Attention for tourism being moved to the under 30 crowd

October 10, 2011 Latest News

Thursday, October 6, 2011 CityBusinessBY: Richard A. Webster, Staff Writer New Orleans might seem like a natural tourist destination for the younger-than-30 crowd with its 24-hour party reputation, but the Big Easy is having a difficult time attra… Read More »

Hyatt Regency reopens this week after Hurricane Katrina

Hyatt Regency reopens this week after Hurricane Katrina

October 10, 2011 Latest News

Published: Sunday, October 09, 2011, 9:30 AMBy Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneHomes and lives were rebuilt. The New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl. Ground was broken on a Mid-City mega-hospital.John McCusker/The Times-PicayuneThe lobbyâ… Read More »

Armstrong Airport traffic is stronger than ever...

Armstrong Airport traffic is stronger than ever...

October 6, 2011 Latest News

by Christian Moises, News Editor CityBusinessOctober 6th, 2011Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continued to fly high through August, according to airport figures. It was the 13th straight year-over-year gain … Read More »

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. votes on 2012 budget

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. votes on 2012 budget

September 28, 2011 Latest News

The board of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. voted Tuesday to spend almost $10 million in 2012 to market New Orleans to visitors around the country.New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. votes on 2012 budgetPublished: Tuesday, September 27, 20… Read More »

New Orleans tourism is alive and well...

New Orleans tourism is alive and well...

September 26, 2011 Latest News

...against the national trend...September 26, 2011Katie Moore / Eyewitness NewsNEW ORLEANS - A new study shows New Orleans is having a big year for tourism.More visitors came and they spent more money during the first six months of this year, help… Read More »

Rebirth of upper Canal Street could be sparked by Iberville overhaul

Rebirth of upper Canal Street could be sparked by Iberville overhaul

September 12, 2011 Latest News

Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 6:30 AM By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune Long before Woldenberg Park, a world-class aquarium, high-rise hotels and a gleaming casino replaced the industrial waterfront that long defined the foot of Canal… Read More »

Partnership to give Chateau Bourbon a $31M makeover

Partnership to give Chateau Bourbon a $31M makeover

September 7, 2011 Latest News

by Maria Clark, New Media Specialist CityBusinessSeptember 7th, 2011The Chateau Bourbon Hotel is getting a complete makeover courtesy of some new investors.Carey Watermark Investors Inc. announced today it has closed on a joint venture of about $45.7… Read More »

Press Release: Two out-of-state companies expand operations into New Orleans

Press Release: Two out-of-state companies expand operations into New Orleans

September 2, 2011 Latest News

Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development alliance for the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region, announced that two companies are making significant investments in the area.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESEPTEMBER 1, 2011Contact Information… Read More »

2011 Business Facilities Rankings: La. No. 2 in Growth Potential, No. 7 in Business Climate

2011 Business Facilities Rankings: La. No. 2 in Growth Potential, No. 7 in Business Climate

September 2, 2011 Latest News

Virginia and Louisiana are the top-ranked states for Economic Growth Potential in Business Facilities’ 2011 State Rankings Report.2011 Business Facilities Rankings: La. No. 2 in Growth Potential, No. 7 in Business ClimateVirginia and Louisiana… Read More »

HANO gets $30.5 million to re-do Iberville public-housing complex

HANO gets $30.5 million to re-do Iberville public-housing complex

September 2, 2011 Latest News

The Housing Authority of New Orleans today received a $30.5 million federal grant...HANO gets $30.5 million to re-do Iberville public-housing complexPublished: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 10:57 AM Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 1:45 PMBy Ka… Read More »

Reverse Trade Show 2011

Reverse Trade Show 2011

August 19, 2011 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Associationinvites you and encourages you to participate in the2011 Reverse TradeshowWhen?Wednesday, September 7, 20119:00 am – 10:30 amWhere?The JW Marriott Hotel614 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisi… Read More »

Analysis on Airport needed- Mayor Landrieu

Analysis on Airport needed- Mayor Landrieu

August 19, 2011 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 18, 2011Contact:Ryan Berni- Mayor Landrieu504-658-4945 (office)504-621-9504 (cell)MAYOR LANDRIEU CALLS FOR ROBUST ANALYSIS ON FUTURE OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTAsks Aviation Board for a Financially… Read More »

Audubon Building to become

Audubon Building to become

August 17, 2011 Latest News

by David Muller, CityBusiness   August 16th, 2011 A new hotel will be opening in the former Audubon Building space at Canal and Burgundy streets, with the specific date to be revealed Thursday. The Saint Hotel, the result of a $45 mi… Read More »

Armstrong Airport traffic climbs for 11 straight months

Armstrong Airport traffic climbs for 11 straight months

August 8, 2011 Latest News

By Christian Moises, News EditorAugust 5th, 2011Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continued to fly high in June, according to figures released today. It was the 11th straight year-over-year gain for the airport.Tr… Read More »

HOTEL NEW ORLEANS  WILL REFLAG AS FIRST HYATT PLACE IN NEW ORLEANS

HOTEL NEW ORLEANS WILL REFLAG AS FIRST HYATT PLACE IN NEW ORLEANS

July 19, 2011 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sarah Gagnon Tom LongVP of Sales, HRI Lodging Thomas Long Corporate Communications(504) 585-1902 … Read More »

New Orleans hotels put Katrina in rearview mirror

New Orleans hotels put Katrina in rearview mirror

July 19, 2011 Latest News

Guest rooms and market progress are on the rise in New Orleans...18 July 2011By Patrick MayockFeatures Editorpatrick@hotelnewsnow.com A rendering of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.REPORT FROM THE U.S.—When the Hyatt Regency New Orleans begin… Read More »

Essence brings 400,000 to start 3Q convention calendar

Essence brings 400,000 to start 3Q convention calendar

July 6, 2011 Latest News

A quick look at the upcoming convention calendarJuly 5th, 2011By CityBusiness staff reportsThe New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau released its calendar of events for the third quarter and included a count of 400,000 attendees for the Essence … Read More »

New Orleans: re-emerging market for hotel investors

New Orleans: re-emerging market for hotel investors

July 6, 2011 Latest News

It Might Be Time to Buy HotelsJul 6, 2011By John O’Neill, contributing editor Lodging HospitalityLots of people I spoke to at the 33rd Annual New York University Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York last month agreed a fundame… Read More »

Hotel investors like what they see in New Orleans

Hotel investors like what they see in New Orleans

July 5, 2011 Latest News

Major firms cite sports events, storm recovery, but financing, continued growth are concernFriday, July 1, 2011Jennifer Larino, Staff Writer CityBusinessTo see what the future of New Orleans’ hotel investment looks like, go stand outside of the… Read More »

The Iberville housing complex is set to get $589 million renovation

The Iberville housing complex is set to get $589 million renovation

July 5, 2011 Latest News

The Big Four may soon become the Big Five.July 04, 2011Katy Reckdahl, The Times-PicayuneIberville Housing DevelopmentIberville Projects is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans and one of the Housing Projects of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the … Read More »

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to get new food and beverage purveyor

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to get new food and beverage purveyor

June 30, 2011 Latest News

Thursday, June 30, 2011, 10:00 AM By Jaquetta White, The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneThe governing board of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - New Orleans voted Wednesday to replace the facility's lo… Read More »

"Lodging Hospitality" reports favorable growth in N.O. since Katrina

June 28, 2011 Latest News

An interview with Mavis Early, Fred Sawyers, and Nikki Moon...Jun 24, 2011By Paris WolfeIf there was any doubt New Orleans was back, 2010 Super Bowl LXIV showed the world a thriving post-Katrina city. A win by the New Orleans Saints sent city image… Read More »

STR: US hotel performance for week ending 18 June 2011

STR: US hotel performance for week ending 18 June 2011

June 28, 2011 Latest News

From: Hospitality.netThe U.S. hotel industry experienced increases in all three key performance metrics during the week of 12-18 June 2011, according to data from STR.In year-over-year comparisons for the week, occupancy rose 3.7 percent to 69.2 perc… Read More »

Mark Romig tapped to lead New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.

Mark Romig tapped to lead New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.

June 22, 2011 Latest News

Tuesday, June 21, 2011Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneA longtime New Orleans marketing and public relations executive has been tapped to lead the tourism agency charged with promoting leisure travel to the city.Mark Romig, who most recently served … Read More »

Airport traffic still high in April

Airport traffic still high in April

June 21, 2011 Latest News

Southwest leads the pack in April; Delta leads year over year...Monday, June 20, 2011CityBusiness staff reportsPassenger traffic as Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continued to fly high in April, according to figures released today.… Read More »

Downtown retail may increase as residential population increases

Downtown retail may increase as residential population increases

June 20, 2011 Latest News

Weigle hopes downtown population boost leads to new retailDavid Muller, Staff Writer CityBusinessJune 17th, 2011In the last decade, New Orleans population took a hefty decline — nearly 30 percent — as a result of Hurricane Katrina and t… Read More »

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

June 7, 2011 Latest News

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N.O. shoots for record summer for tourism

N.O. shoots for record summer for tourism

June 1, 2011 Latest News

wwltv.comMay 30, 2011Monday, May 30Katie Moore / Eyewitness NewsNEW ORLEANS -- In years past, Memorial Day wasn't just the unofficial start of summer. It was the start of New Orleans' tourism slow season.This year, Memorial Day weekend brough… Read More »

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will renovate oldest portion of the building

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will renovate oldest portion of the building

May 26, 2011 Latest News

Hall A renovated to space more suited for corporate meetings, along with other items...Wednesday, May 25, 2011Jaquetta White, The Times-Picayune By Jaquetta White, The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneThe board of directors of the Ernest N. Morial Co… Read More »

NOLA added 4,500 jobs in April

NOLA added 4,500 jobs in April

May 26, 2011 Latest News

Unemployment down as well against March...Wednesday, May 25, 2011BY: Christian Moises, News EditorBATON ROUGE — While the New Orleans area added 4,500 jobs between March and April, it gained 4,900 positions over the year, according to nonseaso… Read More »

Tourism’s Glorious Return to New Orleans and Biloxi

Tourism’s Glorious Return to New Orleans and Biloxi

May 24, 2011 Latest News

A refreshing and funny look at New Orleans Post- KatrinaMay. 24 2011By LARRY OLMSTEDIn the French Quarter of New Orleans, everyday is a celebration, whether there is a wedding, funeral or nothing at allIt has been nearly 6 years since Hurricane Katri… Read More »

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April 2011 posted better numbers for hotels...

April 2011 posted better numbers for hotels...

May 23, 2011 Latest News

Area hotels hosted more guests in April over 2010Thursday, May 19, 2011BY: CityBusiness staff reportsNew Orleans area hotels had the fourth highest occupancy rate in April among the Top 25 markets Smith Travel Research tracks. The 75.9 percent rate w… Read More »

New Orleans Airport benefits from the late Mardi Gras...

New Orleans Airport benefits from the late Mardi Gras...

May 23, 2011 Latest News

Armstrong Airport gets boost from Mardi Gras in MarchThursday, May 19, 2011BY: CityBusiness staff reportsLouis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport got a boost from Mardi Gras traffic in March, according to figures released today. It was the e… Read More »

Busy holiday weekend instore for New Orleans

Busy holiday weekend instore for New Orleans

May 19, 2011 Latest News

Memorial Day shaping up to be a busy one for NOLAby Christian Moises, News EditorCityBusinessMay 19th, 2011Memorial Day is shaping up to be a busy weekend for the New Orleans area tourism industry.National business insight consulting firm Travelclick… Read More »

Hyatt Regency New Orleans to open doors in October

Hyatt Regency New Orleans to open doors in October

May 18, 2011 Latest News

Media Contacts: Katie Fontana, Susan Magrino Agency 212.957.3005katie.fontana@smapr.com Lauren Cason, Hyatt Regency New Orleans 504.587.4110lauren.cason@hyatt.com HYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANS PLANS TO RE-OPEN ITS DOORS OCTOBER 19, 2011 WITH MULTI-MILLIO… Read More »

New Orleans Saints 2011 Regular Season Schedule

New Orleans Saints 2011 Regular Season Schedule

May 16, 2011 Latest News

HOME GAMES IN ALL CAPS* = nationally-televised prime-time games*WEEK 1: at Green Bay, Thursday Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., NBCWEEK 2: VS CHICAGO, Sunday Sept. 18, Noon, FOXWEEK 3: VS HOUSTON, Sunday Sept. 25, Noon, CBSWEEK 4: at Jacksonville, Sunday Oct. 2, … Read More »

Tourists from Gulf South are less daunted by spill

Tourists from Gulf South are less daunted by spill

April 27, 2011 Latest News

Poll shows skepticism on seafood elsewhereFriday, April 22, 2011By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- Regional tourists from Texas to Florida are more open to visiting Louisiana in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill than tourists fro… Read More »

Judge orders an end to NFL lockout

Judge orders an end to NFL lockout

April 26, 2011 Latest News

The NFL is a long way from playing football again — even if players are welcomed back to work with no lockout to stop them.NFL players can go back to work _ for nowApril 26, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CDT Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL… Read More »

Tourists from Gulf South are less daunted by spill

Tourists from Gulf South are less daunted by spill

April 25, 2011 Latest News

BATON ROUGE -- Regional tourists from Texas to Florida are more open to visiting Louisiana in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill than tourists from elsewhere in the nation, according to a survey released this week by Lt. Gov. Jay Darde… Read More »

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. will launch $7 million push to encourage tourists to unleash their fun side

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. will launch $7 million push to encourage tourists to unleash their fun side

April 17, 2011 Latest News

April 17, 2011, 7:08 AMJaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneThe New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. plans to spend $7 million on a multifaceted advertising campaign designed to convince would-be tourists that they should travel to New Orleans to unleash… Read More »

Payment of workers during evacuations may change

Payment of workers during evacuations may change

April 11, 2011 Latest News

Ruling that restricts business interruption claims could cost workers during hurricane evacuationsApril 10, 2011By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneWhen Hurricane Gustav threatened New Orleans in 2008, Dickie Brennan & Co. pa… Read More »

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Airport passenger traffic continues to soar

Airport passenger traffic continues to soar

April 6, 2011 Latest News

AirTran Airways has the biggest boost in traffic.Wednesday, April 6, 2011CityBusiness staff reportsLouis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport got off to a strong start in 2011 after posting its seventh straight year-over-year gain in February,… Read More »

New Orleans occupany, ADR and RevPar enjoy double digit increases-STR w/e Mar 26

New Orleans occupany, ADR and RevPar enjoy double digit increases-STR w/e Mar 26

April 5, 2011 Latest News

STR: US results for week ending 26 MarchHotel News Now.comHENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The U.S. hotel industry’s average daily rate increased by more than 4 percent for the first time in 2011 during the week of 20-26 March 2011, accordi… Read More »

DoubleTree by Hilton Introduces Latest Airport Location in New Orleans

DoubleTree by Hilton Introduces Latest Airport Location in New Orleans

April 4, 2011 Latest News

Full-service hotel to be added near the airport.Mar. 30, 2011American Banking and Marketing NewsDoubleTree by Hilton has announced the addition of the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La. Located at the northeast corner of Louis Ar… Read More »

Strong convention traffic this spring

Strong convention traffic this spring

April 4, 2011 Latest News

New Orleans tourism officials expect one of the strongest springs everSunday, April 03, 2011, 9:00 AM By Jaquetta WhiteThe Times-Picayune The Times-PicayuneThe Ernest N. Morial Convention Center kicked off April with e… Read More »

Dardenne sounds alarm on cuts

Dardenne sounds alarm on cuts

March 24, 2011 Latest News

Budget hurts parks, tourism, he saysThursday, March 24, 2011By Jan MollerCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- State parks, libraries, arts and tourism promotion programs would be shortchanged under Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal, Lt. Gov. Jay Darden… Read More »

SHOT to stay in Vegas, CITA Wireless conference to bring 42,000 to NOLA in May 2012

SHOT to stay in Vegas, CITA Wireless conference to bring 42,000 to NOLA in May 2012

March 24, 2011 Latest News

Thursday, March 24, 2011By Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writerThe Ernest N. Morial Convention Center -- New Orleans failed in its bid to lure a major national hunting and gaming conference to the city from its decade-long home in Las Vegas, an official wit… Read More »

LA Workforce Commissions says New Orleans area thrives in hospitality

LA Workforce Commissions says New Orleans area thrives in hospitality

March 23, 2011 Latest News

LA Workforce disagrees the Forbes Magazine article...Don Ames ReportingWWL RadioA recent article in Forbes Magazine said New Orleans would be the toughest city in which to find a job in 2011.But, the State Labor Department strongly disagrees.Labor o… Read More »

Jimmie Fore, director of convention center passed away Sunday

Jimmie Fore, director of convention center passed away Sunday

March 23, 2011 Latest News

"He was the icon in the industry for running convention centers,"...Wednesday, March 23, 2011By Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writerJimmie D. Fore, who led the New Orleans convention center for 16 years, died Sunday at his home in Marble Falls, Texas. He wa… Read More »

Stalled renovations to restart at Saenger Theatre

Stalled renovations to restart at Saenger Theatre

March 22, 2011 Latest News

Tax credit issue has been to blame for the stall in workMarch 21, 2011The Times-PicayuneBy: Frank DonzeThe stalled renovation of the Saenger Theatre on Canal Street is scheduled to resume next month, thanks to a decision Monday by City Hall to fron… Read More »

JW Marriott is in new hands...

JW Marriott is in new hands...

March 16, 2011 Latest News

New owners believe New Orleans is on the upswing.Wednesday, March 16, 2011City BusinessGreg LaRose, EditorThe JW Marriott New Orleans on Canal Street has new owners. According to Chaffe & Associates, which provides merger and acquisition data for… Read More »

New nonstop flights added at New Orleans International

New nonstop flights added at New Orleans International

March 15, 2011 Latest News

2 airlines add nonstop flights... Monday, March 14, 2011 BY: CityBusiness staff reports Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has announced new nonstop service to Baltimore-Washington and Nashville, Tenn., on Southwest Airlines … Read More »

Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans 4 Diamond Status

Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans 4 Diamond Status

March 15, 2011 Latest News

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N.O. airport approved for charter Cuba flights

N.O. airport approved for charter Cuba flights

March 14, 2011 Latest News

New Orleans airport is one of eight given approval for Cuba flightsPublished: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 By The Associated Press Eight airports including Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, have gained fede… Read More »

Armstrong Airport in high gear

Armstrong Airport in high gear

March 7, 2011 Latest News

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is bracing for a busy seven-day stretch as Mardi Gras revelers descend on the city.Armstrong Airport in high gearMore travelers than usual attractedTimes-PicayuneSaturday, March 05, 2011From staff re… Read More »

Crescent City hot spot in sports

Crescent City hot spot in sports

March 7, 2011 Latest News

As the days draw nearer to the tipoff of the NCAA's Southeast Regional on March 24, members of the local host organizing committee are growing increasingly excitedCrescent City hot spot in sportsPremier events in N.O. on horizonSunday, March 06… Read More »

Convention center goes on offensive

Convention center goes on offensive

March 7, 2011 Latest News

Responding to the years-long siphoning of business because of increased competition, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center-New Orleans has come up with a unique idea for filling at least one empty slotConvention center goes on offensiveDisaster co… Read More »

N.O. airport hosts post-Katrina record of 8.2M passengers in 2010

N.O. airport hosts post-Katrina record of 8.2M passengers in 2010

March 3, 2011 Latest News

..."increase exceeded the Federal Aviation Administration’s national growth projection"...Thursday, March 3, 2011NOLA.comBY: Christian Moises, News EditorLouis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport saw a post-Hurricane Katrina record num… Read More »

Critics call for crackdown against illegal guesthouses

Critics call for crackdown against illegal guesthouses

March 3, 2011 Latest News

It's an issue of fairness, they sayThursday, March 03, 2011The Times-PicayuneBy Michelle KrupaStaff writerVisitors to New Orleans in late March can rent a room with a balcony view of St. Philip Street, or one overlooking one of the French Quarter… Read More »

Iberville to get a facelift, grant or not

Iberville to get a facelift, grant or not

March 3, 2011 Latest News

Complex will be mixed-incomeThursday, March 03, 2011Times-PicayuneBy Katy ReckdahlStaff writerThe Iberville public housing complex will become a mixed-income community, regardless of whether the Housing Authority of New Orleans lands a large federal … Read More »

City preparing for Carnival trash cleanup

City preparing for Carnival trash cleanup

February 28, 2011 Latest News

Garbage vendors at the ready...Sunday, February 27, 2011The Times-PicayuneBy Michelle KrupaStaff writerAs New Orleans enters its messiest season of the year, City Hall has directed SDT Waste & Debris Services to expand its French Quarter service … Read More »

Mardi Gras expected to be a hotel bonanza

Mardi Gras expected to be a hotel bonanza

February 28, 2011 Latest News

Timing of holiday to draw more studentsSunday, February 27, 2011The Times-PicayuneBy Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writerIt's sometimes called the Greatest Free Show on Earth, but Mardi Gras is poised to translate into big profits for New Orleans-area h… Read More »

Save hundreds on hotel costs by using websites

Save hundreds on hotel costs by using websites

February 21, 2011 Latest News

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United Airlines: San Francisco non-stop service begins today

United Airlines: San Francisco non-stop service begins today

February 21, 2011 Latest News

Please see below press release from New Orleans Louis Armstrong International AirportFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 17, 2011, New Orleans – United Airlines resumes service from New Orleans to San Francisco this evening.The new daily… Read More »

Louisiana tourism ad campaign subject of dispute

Louisiana tourism ad campaign subject of dispute

February 21, 2011 Latest News

February 18, 2011 BY: The Associated Press BATON ROUGE — Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Jindal administration are at odds over a $4 million tourism campaign Dardenne wants to launch this spring to market Louisiana to potential visitors.… Read More »

United Airlines: San Francisco non-stop service begins today

United Airlines: San Francisco non-stop service begins today

February 18, 2011 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 17, 2011, New Orleans – United Airlines resumes service from New Orleans to San Francisco this evening.The new daily nonstop begins tonight with the arrival of an Airbus A-320 which seats 138 passengers. … Read More »

New Orleans Mardi Gras and spring break overlap

New Orleans Mardi Gras and spring break overlap

February 15, 2011 Latest News

Not only "spring breakers", but families as well- due to the later date...February 14, 2011 The Associated PressAlexa Von Staden and her fiance had just one thought when it came to spring break this year: Mardi Gras in New Orleans.“We figured… Read More »

N.O. area hotel occupancy up 13 percent in 2010

N.O. area hotel occupancy up 13 percent in 2010

January 31, 2011 Latest News

2010 was a big year for New Orleans against 2009...Monday, January 24, 2011 CityBusiness staff reports New Orleans area hotels ended 2010 on a high note, posting a nearly 13 percent increase in occupancy throughout the year compared with 2009, accord… Read More »

2010 will be tough to follow...

2010 will be tough to follow...

January 31, 2011 Latest News

Read what Mavis had to say in her interview with Don Ames...Monday, 31 January 2011 6:30AMDon Ames Reporting New Orleans area hotels ended 2010 on a high note, posting a nearly 13 percent increase in occupancy throughout the year compared with 200… Read More »

Lt. Gov. Dardenne wants tourism budget reinstated

Lt. Gov. Dardenne wants tourism budget reinstated

January 27, 2011 Latest News

Re-branding the state is first on the list...Thursday, January 27, 2011By Ed AndersonBATON ROUGE -- Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne unveiled the state's new "Pick your Passion" marketing campaign and logo Wednesday as a way to rebrand the state's touri… Read More »

Bass Pro Shop at former Market Street Power Plant?

Bass Pro Shop at former Market Street Power Plant?

January 27, 2011 Latest News

Could be the largest retail establishment in New Orleans...Thursday, January 27, 2011NOLA.comBy Rebecca MowbrayOutdoor mega-retailer Bass Pro Shops apparently will anchor the redevelopment of the 110-year-old Market Street power plant along the Missi… Read More »

Lt. Gov. office to spend $4.2 million on advertising for the State

Lt. Gov. office to spend $4.2 million on advertising for the State

January 26, 2011 Latest News

BP has not given the $30 million to Louisiana yet, but Lt. Gov. Dardenne can't wait on it...January 25, 2011, 10:30 PMBy Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Tuesday that his office will cobble tog… Read More »

Superintendent Serpas to add leadership positions at the top

Superintendent Serpas to add leadership positions at the top

January 25, 2011 Latest News

He wants to create 16 'colonel' positions Tuesday, January 25, 2011NOLA.comBy Brendan McCarthyNew Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas sketched out an ambitious plan Monday to overhaul the department's promotional system and create … Read More »

Veterans Hospital land cleared

Veterans Hospital land cleared

January 25, 2011 Latest News

Tuesday, January 25, 2011The landscape is nearly barren at the future site of the Veterans Affairs hospital, bottom, which is expected to open in 2014. Nearly 70 houses have been moved out of the demolition zone to other land in Mid-City.Meanwhile, t… Read More »

New streetcar line plans for Faubourg Marigny

New streetcar line plans for Faubourg Marigny

January 25, 2011 Latest News

New line would loop Quarter, go to PressTuesday, January 25, 2011NOLA.comBy Frank DonzeStaff writerMore than 20 years after transit officials began exploring the idea of bringing streetcar service to Faubourg Marigny, Treme and St. Roch via the North… Read More »

Airport to be modernized by 2013 Superbowl

Airport to be modernized by 2013 Superbowl

January 24, 2011 Latest News

Louis Armstrong International Airport embarks on a major renovation, including a single security checkpoint and new amenitiesSunday, January 23, 2011The Times-PicayuneBy David HammerStaff writerWith a drawn-out effort to privatize Louis Armstrong Int… Read More »

French Quarter Task Force report released

French Quarter Task Force report released

January 24, 2011 Latest News

After the NFL muscled in last fall, a citizens panel suggests new guidelines for 'the city's heart'Sunday, January 23, 2011NOLA.comBy Frank DonzeStaff writerFix the sidewalks. Turn down the volume. Pick up the poop. And for goodness' … Read More »

Oil spill impact on Tourism through 2013

Oil spill impact on Tourism through 2013

January 24, 2011 Latest News

Business travel expected to pick up...Sunday, January 23, 2011By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- Leisure tourism in the state is expected to take a $691 million hit through 2013 because of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in April, but som… Read More »

RJL Developement acquires New Orleans Hotel

RJL Developement acquires New Orleans Hotel

January 20, 2011 Latest News

RJL Development (controlled by the former owner of Black Entertainment Network) in November, 2010 acquired the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center in New Orleans. RJL also recently acquired the Doubletree Metropolitan in New York. Development … Read More »

Gulf oil spill creates economic boom for some, bust for others

Gulf oil spill creates economic boom for some, bust for others

January 18, 2011 Latest News

Sunday, January 16, 2011 By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune The city of New Orleans and neighboring parishes are experiencing an economic boom in the wake of last spring's Gulf oil spill.View full sizeEliot Kamenitz, … Read More »

New Orleans ranks in Top 10 Travel spots for Orbitz

New Orleans ranks in Top 10 Travel spots for Orbitz

January 18, 2011 Latest News

by Tom Johansmeyer (RSS feed) on Jan 17th 2011 at 1:30PMSo, Orbitz noted when we like to travel ... but where do we go? The top 10 destinations in the country were mostly predictable, with big tourist-magnet cities dominating the list. There were a… Read More »

New Orleans in top 25 Markets- Smith Travel Reports

New Orleans in top 25 Markets- Smith Travel Reports

January 18, 2011 Latest News

Week ending January 8 is a gain for New Orleans...Posted by Alex Finkelstein 01/17/11 10:28 AM EST According to Smith Travel Research (STR), the U.S. hotel industry reported single-digit increases in all three key performance metrics during the w… Read More »

GNOHLA 2011 Board of Directors

GNOHLA 2011 Board of Directors

January 5, 2011 Latest News

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Endowment funds $1M chair at UNO

Endowment funds $1M chair at UNO

December 14, 2010 Latest News

Monday, December 13, 2010BY: CityBusiness staff reportsThe University of New Orleans is conducting a national search for a distinguished scholar after announcing a significant gift toward its $1million endowed chair in the School of Hotel, Restaurant… Read More »

IF YOU build it... ... the developers will come, as fresh money pours into the Loyola corridor in anticipation of a new streetcar route

IF YOU build it... ... the developers will come, as fresh money pours into the Loyola corridor in anticipation of a new streetcar route

December 13, 2010 Latest News

Sunday, December 12, 2010The Time-PicayuneBy Rebecca Mowbrayou Talebloo has owned the Industries Building at 234 Loyola Ave. since 2004, and he's decided that it's time to remove the 1950s facade from the elegant 1908 office building and turn… Read More »

Hotels have high expectations for Sugar Bowl

Hotels have high expectations for Sugar Bowl

December 7, 2010 Latest News

Thursday, December 2, 2010 BY: Richard A. Webster, Staff Writer All eyes in the New Orleans tourism industry will be fixed on Saturday’s Southeastern Conference championship game pitting Auburn against South Carolina.If Auburn wins, the Uni… Read More »

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December 7, 2010 Latest News

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State to spend $5M in BP money every 3 months

State to spend $5M in BP money every 3 months

November 22, 2010 Latest News

November 22, 2010 BY: The Associated PressBP will give Louisiana $5 million every three months over the next year and a half to promote Louisiana’s tourism, state officials said Friday.The $30 million for tourism promotion is part of $78 mil… Read More »

Online Reviews of Hotels: True or False?

Online Reviews of Hotels: True or False?

November 22, 2010 Latest News

More travelers use online sites for reviews more than ever. Are reviewers making truthful comments or just venting?Thursday, November 11, 2010BY: Jennifer Larino, Staff Writer From rants on running toilets to sly remarks about the bagel offerings … Read More »

 St. Ann Hotel reopens as Hotel Le Marais

St. Ann Hotel reopens as Hotel Le Marais

November 15, 2010 Latest News

Major work completed as a part of an $8 million renovation.Sunday, November 14, 2010Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneThe former St. Ann Hotel in the French Quarter reopened to guests this month after a July closure, an $8 million renovation and a n… Read More »

A Retooling Approach at the Convention Center

A Retooling Approach at the Convention Center

November 4, 2010 Latest News

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, now 25 years old, focuses on a new growth strategy November 03, 2010 Twenty-five years after opening as exhibition space for the 1984 World's Fair, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - New Orlean… Read More »

BP to give State money to pay for marketing and promotion

BP to give State money to pay for marketing and promotion

November 2, 2010 Latest News

"We're not declaring victory, but today is a great step forward for our state," Jindal said...Tuesday, November 02, 2010By Mark SchleifsteinStaff writerSurrounded by state and local officials, seafood dealers, restaurateurs and oyster growers, G… Read More »

Norwegian Cruise lines to berth in New Orleans year-round

Norwegian Cruise lines to berth in New Orleans year-round

November 1, 2010 Latest News

Norwegian deepens ties to Crescent CitySunday, October 31, 2010By Jaquetta WhiteWhen the Norwegian Spirit drops anchor at the Port of New Orleans next month, it will mark a new era in the company's relationship with New Orleans, one that will be … Read More »

Iberville Housing Redevelopment and surrounding retail planned

Iberville Housing Redevelopment and surrounding retail planned

November 1, 2010 Latest News

Developer envisions downtown complexSunday, October 31, 2010By Katy ReckdahlDevelopers tapped to recreate the Iberville public housing complex say they can also build a retail development nearby that could rival Lakeside Shopping Center.The Housing A… Read More »

Canal Street anchor under consideration by City Council

Canal Street anchor under consideration by City Council

November 1, 2010 Latest News

Saenger Theatre is about to get a new lease on lifeThursday, October 21, 2010, 10:33 AMFrank Donze, The Times-PicayuneA grand plan to restore the iconic Saenger Theatre to its former glory is poised to take a big step forward today when the New Or… Read More »

Coalition to promote tourism in ads

Coalition to promote tourism in ads

October 29, 2010 Latest News

A recently formed coalition to promote renewal of tourism in coastal Louisiana will begin rolling out television ads...Coalition to promote tourism in adsIt will use money received from BPFriday, October 29, 2010By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUG… Read More »

Tourism takes big hit from spill

Tourism takes big hit from spill

October 25, 2010 Latest News

Study says impact could hit $22 billionWednesday, October 20, 2010By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- Gulf Coast states from Texas to Florida could lose $22.7 billion in tourism dollars if negative perceptions of the area and continuing cleanu… Read More »

N.O. area hotel occupancy up in September

N.O. area hotel occupancy up in September

October 25, 2010 Latest News

Smith Travel Research reports up from August and same month last year. Friday, October 22, 2010 BY: CityBusiness staff reports New Orleans area hotels had the 19th highest occupancy rate in September among the Top 25 markets, according to Smith Tr… Read More »

Restaurant workers cash in on oil spill despite steady dining business

Restaurant workers cash in on oil spill despite steady dining business

October 25, 2010 Latest News

Owners speak out on restaurant workers receiving pay from BP.Tuesday, October 19, 2010 BY: Richard A. Webster, Staff Writer Shrimper Acy Cooper is enraged.Last week he received a check from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility for $16,000.Despite providin… Read More »

Airline Profits are up, thanks to fares and fees

Airline Profits are up, thanks to fares and fees

October 19, 2010 Latest News

AIRLINES-EARNINGS PREVIEWBy David KoenigDALLAS — The nine major U.S. airlines are expected to post a combined profit of $2.4 billion for the third quarter, their best showing in three years. Demand for corporate and leisure travel has picked… Read More »

State redirects funds to promote statewide tourism

State redirects funds to promote statewide tourism

October 19, 2010 Latest News

Money is cut from Sugar Bowl and Essence to help state tourism...October 19, 2010By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- A state board voted unanimously Monday to reinstate more than $5.2 million for state tourism promotion, while deleting the sam… Read More »

Nature tourism touted

Nature tourism touted

October 19, 2010 Latest News

A new Nature-Based Tourism Advisory Council initiated by Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle met for the first-time Monday in Lafayette. The council will be charged with promoting nature-based tourism in Louisiana. Louisiana's nature-based tourism industry is… Read More »

 Bed bugs enter the New Orleans area - mostly in homes

Bed bugs enter the New Orleans area - mostly in homes

October 18, 2010 Latest News

Bed bugs pose headaches to homeowners, challenges to businessesSunday, October 17, 2010,Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-PicayuneBilliot Pest Control general manager Ernest Esteve has been in the bug business since August 1982, but he didn't do his fi… Read More »

Lt. Govenor to meet with other Gulf Coast officials for a

Lt. Govenor to meet with other Gulf Coast officials for a "joint pitch" to BP

October 4, 2010 Latest News

"...working with officials in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, states that have seen tourism and other industries disrupted by the disaster..." October 02, 2010 Ed Anderson, Times-Picayune Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle said Friday he is trying to arrang… Read More »

Cruising along the Mississippi will return in late 2012

Cruising along the Mississippi will return in late 2012

October 4, 2010 Latest News

American Cruise Lines to bring inland cruising back to Mississippi River in 2012October 04, 2010Jaquetta White, Times-PicayuneInland cruising will return to the Mississippi River in 2012, when American Cruise Lines debuts an as-yet-unnamed sternwhe… Read More »

Regions Bank economist supports Toursim Advertising

Regions Bank economist supports Toursim Advertising

October 4, 2010 Latest News

"It's not just the oil jobs that will be lost. It's tourism, fishing."October 04, 2010Kimberly Quillen, Times-PicayuneJob losses associated with the BP oil spill and the ensuing drilling moratorium could hurt the Louisiana economy as it pul… Read More »

Key issues - Working

Key issues - Working

October 4, 2010 Latest News

Governor’s Exec Order re: Utility Restoration PersonnelSeptember 8th, 2008Executive Order No. BJ 2008 – 90 regarding Emergency Occupation of Hotels and Motels by Utility Restoration Personnel. “Utilities” is defined as elec… Read More »

Essence continues to call New Orleans

Essence continues to call New Orleans "home" for 4 more years

September 30, 2010 Latest News

'This is our home,' festival owner's president declaresThursday, September 30, 2010By Jaquetta WhiteThe Essence Music Festival, the linchpin of summer tourism in New Orleans, will return to the city for four more years, Mayor Mitch Landri… Read More »

"Southwest "will drop very few AirTran locations..." says Mike Boyd"

September 30, 2010 Latest News

Southwest and AirTran changes are inevitable, but will hopefully be few.Sep 29, 9:49 AM EDTBy SAMANTHA BOMKAMP and DAVID KOENIGAP Airlines WritersSouthwest Airlines agreed to buy AirTran this week for $1.4 billion. When the combination is complete, f… Read More »

Angelle and BP to meet again next week

Angelle and BP to meet again next week

September 24, 2010 Latest News

Angelle, BP talk tourism dollarsNo decisions reached, he saysFriday, September 24, 2010By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle and BP officials met Thursday and decided to meet again next week to discuss the state's requ… Read More »

Lt. Governor Angelle to meet with BP

Lt. Governor Angelle to meet with BP "senior- level" executives today

September 23, 2010 Latest News

Angelle continues to seek $75 million from BPThursday, September 23, 2010By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle said Wednesday he will meet with three "senior-level" officials of BP today to press the state's demands fo… Read More »

Federal Court sets BP Oil Spill trial for October 2011

Federal Court sets BP Oil Spill trial for October 2011

September 17, 2010 Latest News

Federal judge sets date for trial to split blame for Gulf of Mexico oil spillPublished: Thursday, September 16, 2010Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune At the packed opening hearing of the massive litigation over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster Thurs… Read More »

Lieutenant governor asks BP for more tourism marketing dollars- $75 million

Lieutenant governor asks BP for more tourism marketing dollars- $75 million

September 16, 2010 Latest News

The $75 million will help stabilize the industry...Thursday, September 16, 2010 BY: CityBusiness staff reportsBATON ROUGE — Lt. Governor Scott Angelle is requesting another $75 million from BP for tourism recovery following the Deepwater Ho… Read More »

$6.2 Million Grant is given to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

$6.2 Million Grant is given to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

September 14, 2010 Latest News

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Receives $6.2 Million AIP GrantFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 14, 2010 (New Orleans, LA) The New Orleans Aviation Board has received a $6.2 Million Federal Aviation Administration (FA… Read More »

Leroy Hawkins doorman at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel:  34 years on the job and still smilling.....

Leroy Hawkins doorman at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel: 34 years on the job and still smilling....."

September 8, 2010 Latest News

French Quarter hotel doorman has a window on the worldSeptember 07, 2010Danny Monteverde, The Times-PicayuneLeroy Hawkins stood outside the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel one recent steaming afternoon and mopped his brow with a towel draped around his neck… Read More »

 5 things to know: 8 September 2010

5 things to know: 8 September 2010

September 8, 2010 Latest News

08 September 2010By The HNN editorial staffNew Orleans is leading the RevPAR recovery race coming out of the recession, according to an analysis by STR Analytic’s Orly Ripmaster. The market needs only 6.2% growth in that metric before it return… Read More »

Area hotels get a kick out of the NFL

Area hotels get a kick out of the NFL

September 8, 2010 Latest News

Don AmesTomorrow night's NFL season opener is drawing attention and crowds to the Crescent City.New Orleans is definitely ready for some football, and getting packed with fans to see the Super Bowl Champion Saints begin to defend their title.M… Read More »

5 years after Katrina, D.C. area hotel firms see gulf business pick up

5 years after Katrina, D.C. area hotel firms see gulf business pick up

August 30, 2010 Latest News

Danielle Douglas Capital Business Staff Writer August 29, 2010 In the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the tourism industry there has struggled to come back. But several Washington area hotel companies are beginn… Read More »

Lessons learned by leaders make New Orleans safe post Katrina

Lessons learned by leaders make New Orleans safe post Katrina

August 27, 2010 Latest News

IT disaster recovery continues in New Orleans, five years after the devastation of Hurricane KatrinaMuch was learned from the ordeal, and IT continues to help bring about needed changes and improvementsBy Todd R. Weiss ERP BloggerNEW ORLEANS -- Five … Read More »

STR: Upper-tier increase slow in weekly results- week ending 08-21-10

STR: Upper-tier increase slow in weekly results- week ending 08-21-10

August 26, 2010 Latest News

By Rachael Spann Urie HotelNewsNow HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The luxury segment and the upper-upscale segment reported the smallest occupancy increases among the chain-scale segments during the week ending 21 August 2010, a… Read More »

The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans receives the “Bricks and Mortar Award” from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans receives the “Bricks and Mortar Award” from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

August 26, 2010 Latest News

GNOHLA is proud to acknowledge The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, recipient of the “Bricks and Mortar Award” from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. In 2004, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana created a Bricks and Mortar awa… Read More »

STR Reports US Hotel Performance for the Week Ending August 14 - 2010

STR Reports US Hotel Performance for the Week Ending August 14 - 2010

August 24, 2010 Latest News

NOLA- Largest Occupancy and RevPAR IncreasesHospitality TrendsAugust 23, 2010Among the Top 25 Markets, New Orleans, Louisiana, achieved the largest occupancy increase, jumping 21.5 percent to 60.5 percent, followed by Atlanta, Georgia (+16.9 percen… Read More »

News Orgs Commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

News Orgs Commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

August 24, 2010 Latest News

Focus turns from gulf oil spill to hurricane that devastated the region five years agoBy Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable8/23/2010The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has dominated news reports from the region, but this week news organizat… Read More »

UNO replacing dean of business school

UNO replacing dean of business school

August 24, 2010 Latest News

Previous Dean of Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration to serve as interim dean.August 23, 2010 BY: CityBusiness staff reportsThe University of New Orleans Provost Joe King announced this morning that it will n… Read More »

Hyatt has broken ground- to open late 2011

Hyatt has broken ground- to open late 2011

August 20, 2010 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATES CEREMONIAL GROUND BREAKING TODAYHotel to provide city with opportunity for major economic boost with Fall 2011 reopeningNEW ORLEANS (August 18, 2010) – Hyatt Regency New Orleans, lo… Read More »

Hyatt groundbreaking is a boost for convention business

Hyatt groundbreaking is a boost for convention business

August 20, 2010 Latest News

by Wayne Carter / Eyewitness News wwltv.comAugust 18, 2010NEW ORLEANS -- Hours before opening at Tujagues Restaurant in the French Quarter, owner Mark Latter is making sure he's ready for the first patron during a slow summer.“Conventio… Read More »

New Orleans Hotel Occupancy trend up for July

New Orleans Hotel Occupancy trend up for July

August 20, 2010 Latest News

New Orleans occupancy rate almost doubled the industry average.August 20, 2010 The U.S. hotel industry posted increases in all three key performance measurements during July 2010, according to data from STR.In year-over-year measurements, the indu… Read More »

N.O. is on the top of weekly STR report

N.O. is on the top of weekly STR report

August 20, 2010 Latest News

Hotels in New Orleans have the largest increases for the week of July 25-31.The U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance measurements during the week of 25-31 July 2010, according to data from STR.In year-over-year measur… Read More »

Lutherans provide army of volunteers

Lutherans provide army of volunteers

July 28, 2010 Latest News

Over 100 projects and 23,000 volunteers help New Orleans continue its comeback. July 19, 2010By Matt DavisThousands of young people wearing lime green T-shirts and backpacks embarked on more than 100 community service projects across New Orleans on S… Read More »

Gains in the Hotel Industry

Gains in the Hotel Industry

July 28, 2010 Latest News

Business travelers are the leading contributor to the rebound.July 27, 2010By JANE L. LEVEREThe hotel industry in the United States appears to be rebounding this summer, mainly because of strengthening business travel.So far the biggest beneficiary … Read More »

State Surveys Potential Regional Tourists

State Surveys Potential Regional Tourists

July 27, 2010 Latest News

The state's tourism agency surveyed 903 potential tourists to find out if the oil spill has affected any of their plans. July 25, 2010 By Ed Anderson BATON ROUGE -- Seventeen percent of potential regional tourists have indicated they have … Read More »

Local Tourism becomes Top Priority for Commerce Secretary

Local Tourism becomes Top Priority for Commerce Secretary

July 27, 2010 Latest News

Members of the national Tourism Advisory Board met with Gary Locke, to urge him to create a public face for tourism.July 27, 2010by Matthew AlbrightMembers of a tourism advisory board met with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in New Orleans on Monday to… Read More »

National travel group seeks $500M for Gulf tourism

National travel group seeks $500M for Gulf tourism

July 27, 2010 Latest News

July 27, 2010BY: The Associated PressWASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Travel Association is proposing that BP set aside $500 million for a marketing campaign to help draw tourists to the Gulf Coast.Association president and CEO Roger Dow made… Read More »

Landrieu asks BP to pay for losses

Landrieu asks BP to pay for losses

July 27, 2010 Latest News

Mayor Landrieu has asked BP to help repair the damage that has been done. 7/26/2010Reported by: Val Bracy, ReporterThe Commerce Department's tourism advisory board met in New Orleans Monday to discuss the impact oil has on the city's larg… Read More »

Landrieu hits national airwaves to make pitch for BP marketing funds

Landrieu hits national airwaves to make pitch for BP marketing funds

July 19, 2010 Latest News

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is continuing his pitch for millions from BP to promote tourism. wwltv.comPosted on July 18, 2010The mayor appeared Sunday morning on CNN, talking about tourism and saying local and state leaders will continue t… Read More »

Air Canada adding service to New Orleans in ongoing expansion of transborder flying from Toronto hub

Air Canada adding service to New Orleans in ongoing expansion of transborder flying from Toronto hub

July 15, 2010 Latest News

Eight new routes to the U.S. from Toronto announced in 2010Canada NewsWireTORONTO, July 14Air Canada today announced it will begin daily, non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans starting October 30, 2010. The new route will be operated wit… Read More »

Hyatt developers to use private funds, not GO Zone bonds

Hyatt developers to use private funds, not GO Zone bonds

July 15, 2010 Latest News

Private investors make funds available. Construction to begin this week. July 12, 2010 Jennifer Larino, Staff Writer Officials with the Hyatt Regency New Orleans next to the Superdome said Monday that the hotel’s owners will use $270 millio… Read More »

New Orleans hotel market poised for one of the strongest growth rates

New Orleans hotel market poised for one of the strongest growth rates

July 15, 2010 Latest News

By all accounts during Tuesday’s ALIS Summer Update, things are looking up for the United States’ hotel industry...By Jeff HigleyEditorial Directorjeff@hotelnewsnow.comLOS ANGELES—By all accounts during Tuesday’s ALIS Summer … Read More »

NOLA back in Travel + Leisure Top 10 cities

NOLA back in Travel + Leisure Top 10 cities

July 12, 2010 Latest News

...for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and its tourism industry.Thursday, July 8, 2010BY: The Associated PressNEW YORK — New Orleans is back in Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 10 cities list for the first time … Read More »

Westjet announces service between New Orleans, Toronto

Westjet announces service between New Orleans, Toronto

July 8, 2010 Latest News

July 7, 2010 BY: CityBusiness staff reports The list of new air service at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continues to grow with today’s announcement of nonstop service between Toronto and New Orleans.Canadian-based Westje… Read More »

Essence Festival filled hotel rooms in New Orleans this weekend

Essence Festival filled hotel rooms in New Orleans this weekend

July 6, 2010 Latest News

Hotels in the city were at about 98 to 99 percent full for Friday and SaturdayJuly 04, 2010Masako Hirsch, The Times-Picayune No oil spill or hurricane can keep the crowds from coming to the 16th annual Essence Festival. Organizers expect this year&rs… Read More »

Oil leak clouds long-term future for hotels, conventions

Oil leak clouds long-term future for hotels, conventions

July 6, 2010 Latest News

"...group convention reservations over the next several years are less certain and more sensitive to the whims of conservative convention bookers..."June 29, 2010Matthew Davis, Contributing WriterNew Orleans hotels face long-term uncertainty related … Read More »

New Orleans to host major volunteer conference in 2011

New Orleans to host major volunteer conference in 2011

July 1, 2010 Latest News

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in New York today to be on hand for an announcement that New Orleans will host the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, go… Read More »

Execs say tourism in Gulf needs marketing money

Execs say tourism in Gulf needs marketing money

June 30, 2010 Latest News

The city of New Orleans has asked BP for $75 million to use for marketing.6/29/2010ILEANA MORALESThe Associated Press(AP) — WASHINGTON - States bordering the gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico need as much as $500 million to boost tourism… Read More »

WHERE Magazine Silver Plume awards honors hospitality community leaders

WHERE Magazine Silver Plume awards honors hospitality community leaders

June 18, 2010 Latest News

Where Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 19th annual, 2010Silver Plume Awards, sponsored by The Roosevelt New Orleans.PRESS RELEASE, JUNE 16, 2010:HOSPITALITY COMMUNITY HONOREDWhere Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the … Read More »

Mayor asks BP for marketing dollars

Mayor asks BP for marketing dollars

June 18, 2010 Latest News

Landrieu fears tourism lossesMayor asks BP for marketing dollarsLandrieu fears tourism lossesFriday, June 18, 2010By Michelle KrupaStaff writer Times PicayuneMayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday sent a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward asking the company to … Read More »

STR reports US hotel performance for April 2010

STR reports US hotel performance for April 2010

May 24, 2010 Latest News

24 May 2010 The U.S. hotel industry posted mixed results in the three key performance measurements during April 2010, according to data from STR. In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy was up 4.7 percent to 58.4 perc… Read More »

New Orleans on Top- STR Reports US Performance for Week Ending 1 May 2010

New Orleans on Top- STR Reports US Performance for Week Ending 1 May 2010

May 10, 2010 Latest News

In year-over-year measurements, the industry's occupancy increased 5.7 percent to 58.8 percent. Average daily rate dropped 1.5 percent to US$98.07. Revenue per available room rose 4.2 percent to US$57.62. Among the Top 25 Markets, New Orleans… Read More »

STR: Among top 25 markets,  New Orleans experienced largest occupancy increase during week ending April 24, 2010

STR: Among top 25 markets, New Orleans experienced largest occupancy increase during week ending April 24, 2010

April 29, 2010 Latest News

STR: Occupancy buoys chain scales' weekly resultsBy Rachael SpannCommunications Coordinator, STRHotelNewsNow.com columnist29 April 2010 HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—Six of the seven chain-scale segments reported increases in occupancy du… Read More »

N.O. area hotel occupancy up in March

N.O. area hotel occupancy up in March

April 26, 2010 Latest News

March occupancy rate in the top ten among 25 markets.On a monthly basis, New Orleans area hotels had the ninth highest occupancy rate in March among the top 25 markets, according to Smith Travel Research.The 71.2 percent rate was up from 71 percent f… Read More »

N.O. will welcome its largest cruise ship

N.O. will welcome its largest cruise ship

April 26, 2010 Latest News

BIG announcements from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Saturday, April 24, 2010From staff and wire reportsRoyal Caribbean Cruise line will return to New Orleans in the fall of 2011 with the largest cruise ship ever to call New Orleans … Read More »

French Quarter Fest’s success has upcoming events optimistic

French Quarter Fest’s success has upcoming events optimistic

April 26, 2010 Latest News

Momentum still rolling with French Quarter Fest.Friday, April 16, 2010BY: Richard A. Webster, Staff WriterFears that momentum built by the Saints Super Bowl victory eventually would run dry were eradicated with the French Quarter Festival.Massive cro… Read More »

Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans wins Hospitality Management award

Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans wins Hospitality Management award

April 22, 2010 Latest News

Hospitality Management Corporation Hosts Annual GM/DOS ConferencesAward-winning GMs: L to R: Terri Kullerd, Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Airport; Peter Ambros, Astor Crowne Plaza; Jutea Ballard, Fredericksburg Inn & Suites; Donna StaTeresa, Holiday In… Read More »

New Orleans airport hires new chief from Dayton, Ohio, airport

New Orleans airport hires new chief from Dayton, Ohio, airport

April 22, 2010 Latest News

New Orleans airport hires new chief from Dayton, Ohio, airportKENNER, La. (AP) — The current head of the airport at Dayton, Ohio, has been appointed aviation director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.The airport's gover… Read More »

Bottom - Left

Bottom - Left

April 21, 2010 Latest News

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 James Beard Award Nominations Ceremony held in New Orleans

James Beard Award Nominations Ceremony held in New Orleans

March 23, 2010 Latest News

The nominees for this year’s James Beard Awards were announced this morning at a reception at the Palace Café in the French Quarter...John Harris, Scott Boswell and Sue Zemanick top list of New Orleans nominees for James Beard AwardsBy Brett… Read More »

NCAA means about $10 million to New Orleans economy

NCAA means about $10 million to New Orleans economy

March 23, 2010 Latest News

"March Madness" runs through New Orleans this week and the NCAA college basketball post-season is in bloom at the Arena...March Madness big in Big Easy by Paul Murphy / Eyewitness NewsPosted on March 18, 2010******NEW ORLEANS - "March Madness" runs … Read More »

Sugar Bowl makes a big economic impact on New Orleans

Sugar Bowl makes a big economic impact on New Orleans

March 17, 2010 Latest News

The Allstate Sugar Bowl had a total impact of $137.28 million on the New Orleans and Louisiana economies through all of its activities for 2009, including the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic held on Jan. 1, according to a study completed by… Read More »

What the 18 to 34 year-old has to say about New Orleans

What the 18 to 34 year-old has to say about New Orleans

March 17, 2010 Latest News

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy as the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17, Sunday, February 7, 2010 in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.The Saints come… Read More »

N.O Airport kicks off $16.8 million expansion

N.O Airport kicks off $16.8 million expansion

March 17, 2010 Latest News

It is the gateway to New Orleans for travelers flying into the region. Over the years, Armstrong International Airport has seen its share of updates, but now it's about to get a major facelift.Armstrong airport to begin major renovations, expansi… Read More »

Board Makes Budgeting Changes

Board Makes Budgeting Changes

March 3, 2010 Latest News

Taking one of what will be many steps in the process of merging the two groups that currently promote tourism in New Orleans...First steps are taken to merging the two groups that currently promote tourism in New OrleansBy Jaquetta White, The Times-P… Read More »

Midwest returning to New Orleans Skies

Midwest returning to New Orleans Skies

March 3, 2010 Latest News

Nonstop daily flight between New Orleans and Kansas City...Midwest Airlines to resume service from New Orleans in MayBy Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneFebruary 25, 2010,An airline that has not flown out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International… Read More »

Saints Gift to New Orleans

Saints Gift to New Orleans

March 3, 2010 Latest News

Super Saints hit home run for New Orleans...Saints help city improve perceptionSuper Saints hit a home run for New OrleansWednesday, March 03, 2010Peter FinneyIt was one of those moments that will remain forever frozen in time.Where were you when Tra… Read More »

Saintsational Impact

Saintsational Impact

March 2, 2010 Latest News

Fan-demonium...Saints' Super Bowl win scores with tourists...New Orleans CityBusiness Saintsational Impactby Richard A. Webster, Staff WriterPublished: February 25th, 2010Al Groos, general manager of the Royal Sonesta, hasn’t seen anything… Read More »

Norwegian Cruise Line will keep vessel in New Orleans beginning later this year

Norwegian Cruise Line will keep vessel in New Orleans beginning later this year

February 11, 2010 Latest News

Norwegian Cruise Line will homeport a ship in New Orleans for at least 18 straight months beginning in November, the Port of New Orleans announced Wednesday....Norwegian Cruise Line will keep vessel in New Orleans beginning later this yearBy Jaquetta… Read More »

Forget Miami; the Super Bowl party is here

Forget Miami; the Super Bowl party is here

January 26, 2010 Latest News

Forget Miami; the Super Bowl party is hereBy Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneJanuary 26, 2010, 7:23AM25mnminibowlRusty Costanza / The Times-PicayuneNew Olreans Saints fans flood Bourbon Street in the French Quarter after the Saints defeated the Min… Read More »

The Crescent City Makes a Comeback

The Crescent City Makes a Comeback

January 26, 2010 Latest News

The Crescent City Makes a ComebackBy Rachel Wimberly -- Tradeshow Week, 12/7/2009In 2008, just when it seemed like New Orleans was on its way to recovery after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city three years earlier, the economy took a sudden and s… Read More »

Convention outlook for 2010

Convention outlook for 2010

January 26, 2010 Latest News

Fewer attendees expected at conventions; Katrina cancellations still a factorConvention outlook for 2010 hits N.O. area hotels hardFewer attendees expected at conventions; Katrina cancellations still a factorNew Orleans CityBusiness.comPosted: 10:48 … Read More »

Officials call for economic diversity in New Orleans

Officials call for economic diversity in New Orleans

January 26, 2010 Latest News

Economic diversification will support rebuilding the tourism industry in New Orleans, say leaders of a special task force that this week released a $400 million master plan to reinvigorate tourism through 2018....Officials call for economic diversity… Read More »

MASTER PLAN TO REINVIGORATE TOURISM

MASTER PLAN TO REINVIGORATE TOURISM

January 22, 2010 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Vanessa Mayfield(504) 210-1304mayfieldv@peteramayer.comNEW ORLEANS TOURISM INDUSTRY LEADERS ANNOUNCENEW ORLEANS (January 19, 2010)—Today, Lt. Governor Mitchell J. Landrieu, and members of the New Orleans Hospitalit… Read More »

Developers withdraw plans to build 26-story hotel tower on Royal Street

Developers withdraw plans to build 26-story hotel tower on Royal Street

January 22, 2010 Latest News

Developers withdraw plans to build 26-story hotel tower on Royal StreetBy Bruce Eggler, The Times-PicayuneJanuary 21, 2010, 6:16PMFacing likely defeat of their plans, developers Thursday dropped their request for New Orleans City Council approval of … Read More »

Road Map for Tourism

Road Map for Tourism

January 22, 2010 Latest News

Road Map for TourismTimes-Picayune EditoralFriday, January 22, 2010New Orleans has a singular culture and rich traditions that have made our region a premier destination for travelers. But 4 1/2 years after Hurricane Katrina, the impact of the storm … Read More »

High-Tech Space Robot

High-Tech Space Robot

December 10, 2009 Latest News

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The Carnival Triumph operates 65 trips from New Orleans

The Carnival Triumph operates 65 trips from New Orleans

November 12, 2009 Latest News

Carnival brings Triumph cruise ship to New OrleansBy Jaquetta N. White, The Times-PicayuneNovember 11, 2009, 7:00PThe Carnival Triumph, which had been scheduled to take its maiden voyage from New Orleans after a half-day long celebration on Tuesday, … Read More »

Carnival Triumph to launch new cruises from New Orleans

Carnival Triumph to launch new cruises from New Orleans

November 10, 2009 Latest News

Carnival Triumph to launch new cruises from New OrleansCity Business Up to the MinuteBy CityBusiness staff reportsNovember 6, 2009The largest cruise ship based in New Orleans year-round, the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph, will launch four-, five- … Read More »

New York’s Cabbies Like Credit Cards? Go Figure

New York’s Cabbies Like Credit Cards? Go Figure

November 10, 2009 Latest News

New York’s Cabbies Like Credit Cards? Go FigureBy Michael M. Grynbaum , New York TimesNovember 7, 2009Reprinted in Times Picayune on November 8, 2009New York’s cabbies howled when the city began forcing them to take credit cards. Some eve… Read More »

Nickelodeon ends licensing agreement with Southern Star

Nickelodeon ends licensing agreement with Southern Star

November 10, 2009 Latest News

Nickelodeon ends licensing agreement with Southern StarBy Jaquetta N. White, The Times-PicayuneNovember 09, 2009, 4:35PMNickelodeon has cut ties with Southern Star Amusement, the theme park operator it had agreed to allow to use its name to redevelop… Read More »

Lodging Conference allows some to hold out hope-Oct 21, 2009

Lodging Conference allows some to hold out hope-Oct 21, 2009

October 29, 2009 Latest News

Lodging Conference allows some to hold out hope-Oct 21, 2009HotelBusiness.comBy Bruce SerlinPHOENIX—Against a backdrop of an industry downturn so severe that analysts have coined the phrase “jingle mail” to describe the sound of ow… Read More »

Frontier Expands Service to Louisville and New Orleans

Frontier Expands Service to Louisville and New Orleans

October 22, 2009 Latest News

Frontier Expands Service to Louisville and New OrleansDENVER, October 21, 2009 - Frontier Airlines today announced it will begin daily nonstop service from its hub at Denver International Airport (DEN) to both Louis Armstrong New Orleans Internationa… Read More »

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

October 22, 2009 Latest News

Southwest AirlinesBEGINNING MAY 2010:-- One new daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and New Orleans.Currently, Southwest non-stop flights from New Orleans include:Houston HobbyDallas Love FieldPhoenixLas VegasDenverChicagoNashvilleBaltimore/Wa… Read More »

Penalties enacted on hourly motels

Penalties enacted on hourly motels

October 16, 2009 Latest News

Penalties enacted on hourly motelsJeff hopes to deter drug deals, prostitutionThursday, October 15, 2009By Paul RiouxThe Times PicayuneWest Bank bureauCracking down on seedy motels deemed havens for prostitutes and drug dealers, the Jefferson Parish … Read More »

Submerged Roads Update

Submerged Roads Update

October 15, 2009 Latest News

South Louisiana Submerged Roads Program Breaks Ground Downtown on Tuesday, October 13 with Ceremony at Lafayette Square.The Federal Highway Administration, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the Louisiana Regional Planning Co… Read More »

Sporting-event planners to convene in New Orleans this week

Sporting-event planners to convene in New Orleans this week

October 12, 2009 Latest News

Sporting-event planners to convene in New Orleans this weekBy Jaquetta N. WhiteTimes-PicayuneOctober 11, 2009The annual Travel, Events and Management in Sports conference, which meets in New Orleans this week, will not be mistaken for one of the majo… Read More »

New Orleans tops 10 categories in favorite cities survey

New Orleans tops 10 categories in favorite cities survey

October 12, 2009 Latest News

New Orleans tops 10 categories in favorite cities surveyBy Jaquetta N. WhiteOctober 07, 2009, 12:06PMThe Times-Picayune archiveNew Orleans is America's favorite place to escape for a wild weekend and antique shopping, according to Travel + Leisur… Read More »

AirTran debuts D.C. flight today

AirTran debuts D.C. flight today

October 8, 2009 Latest News

AirTran debuts D.C. flight todayN.O. fliers now have 2 nonstops to BWIThursday, October 08, 2009By Ramon Antonio VargasStaff writerNew Orleans passengers can take a new nonstop AirTran Airways flight to Baltimore-Washington International Airport star… Read More »

Report blasts cuts in travel: Corporate trips drop with economy

Report blasts cuts in travel: Corporate trips drop with economy

October 8, 2009 Latest News

Report blasts cuts in travelCorporate trips drop with economyWednesday, September 16, 2009Times-PicayuneBy Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writerHoping to revive the business travel market, the U.S. Travel Association released a study Tuesday that shows the i… Read More »

Local group takes over Windsor Court

Local group takes over Windsor Court

October 8, 2009 Latest News

Local group takes over Windsor CourtRooms to get major overhaulSaturday, October 03, 2009Times-PicayuneBy Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writerOne of New Orleans' most luxurious hotels is now under local ownership.The Windsor Court Hotel was sold Friday … Read More »

Official statement from Mayor C. Ray Nagin Regarding the 2010 budget for the City of New Orleans

Official statement from Mayor C. Ray Nagin Regarding the 2010 budget for the City of New Orleans

October 8, 2009 Latest News

October 6, 2009OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM MAYOR C. RAY NAGIN REGARDING THE 2010 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANSDear Fellow New Orleanian:Each year since I entered office, I have presented budget proposals that were designed to ensure the financial st… Read More »

City Sales Tax Amnesty Program

City Sales Tax Amnesty Program

September 28, 2009 Latest News

The City of New Orleans Bureau of Revenue is offering a SALES TAX AMNESTY Program ending December 4, 2009 for all delinquent taxes and licenses that qualify for the program. The taxes included in the amnesty program are sales, use, hotel/motel, park… Read More »

City Inspector General plans to review the use of hotel/motel taxes…more

City Inspector General plans to review the use of hotel/motel taxes…more

September 11, 2009 Latest News

New Orleans' incoming inspector general needs to recharge the officePosted by The Times-Picayune editorial page staff September 11, 2009 12:42AMwww.nola.comChris Granger / The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans incoming Inspector General Edouard Quatrevau… Read More »

Dock Board approves moving New Orleans Cold Storage Uptown

Dock Board approves moving New Orleans Cold Storage Uptown

September 9, 2009 Latest News

Dock Board approves moving New Orleans Cold Storage Uptownby Jen DeGregorio, The Times-PicayuneWednesday September 09, 2009, 11:57 AMEllis Lucia / The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Cold Storage, previously located at 3411 Jourdan Rd. on the Industrial Ca… Read More »

Grandpa Elliott in Worldwide Peace Through Music

Grandpa Elliott in Worldwide Peace Through Music

July 30, 2009 Latest News

Grandpa Elliott of New Orleans joins musicians from around the world in performing a rendition of the song “Stand by Me" in the worldwide initiative “Peace Through Music.”… Read More »

N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin unveils policy for TIF projects

N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin unveils policy for TIF projects

July 29, 2009 Latest News

by Bruce Eggler, The Times-PicayuneSaturday July 18, 2009After three years of study and discussion, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Friday that he has issued an executive order establishing a city policy on use of tax increment financing.He also ind… Read More »

Update: New Orleans Cold Storage Esplanade Ave. Wharf

Update: New Orleans Cold Storage Esplanade Ave. Wharf

July 29, 2009 Latest News

Port weighs options amid fierce criticismFriday, July 24, 2009By Jen DeGregorio, Times PicayuneBusiness writerFacing mounting opposition to the construction of a poultry exporting operation at the foot of the French Market, the Port of New Orleans is… Read More »

Cruise industry contributed $163 million to economy in 2008

Cruise industry contributed $163 million to economy in 2008

July 29, 2009 Latest News

Cruise industry contributed $163 million to economy in 2008Posted by Jaquetta White, The Times-Picayune July 29, 2009 9:21AMTHE TIMES-PICAYUNEThe number of passengers embarking on a cruise from the Port of New Orleans plummeted in 2008 after making a… Read More »

2009 Tourism Tee-Off Auction

2009 Tourism Tee-Off Auction

July 22, 2009 Latest News

All proceeds of the annual Greater New Orleans Tourism Tee-Off and Auction support the mission of the Greater New Orleans Hospitality Education Foundation, including promoting awareness of the availability of a hospitality industry career path for st… Read More »

Gallery

Gallery

July 20, 2009 Latest News

Take a look at the gallery below to see various events and meetings of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association.Hover your mouse cursor over the image you'd like to view and click when the image becomes highlighted to see a larger … Read More »

Join Us

Join Us

July 17, 2009 Latest News

The following Membership Processing Forms are for those interested in joining the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association.Membership Processing DocumentsPlease download and print the appropriate documents and remit with credit card form o… Read More »

Per Diem.  August 5, 2008.  New Per Diem Rates announced by GSA .

Per Diem. August 5, 2008. New Per Diem Rates announced by GSA .

July 16, 2009 Latest News

Per Diem. Aug 1. 2008. Louisiana Delegation signs off on request to GSA to restore the Federal Government Per Diem rate for the New Orleans Area…New Per Diem Rates for Greater New Orleans Area:Peak season 10/1/08 through 6/30/09 - $140 (was $… Read More »

Allied Members

Allied Members

July 16, 2009 Latest News

Advance Check InPO BOX 20261New Orleans, LA 70141504-467-8898fax: 504-467-8037Airport Shuttle4220 Howard Ave.New Orleans, LA 70125504-212-5901fax: 592-0529 American Red Cross3131 N. I-10 Service Rd., EMetairie, LA 70002504-621-3134fax: 821-3774 ATM… Read More »

Where to Stay

Where to Stay

July 15, 2009 Latest News

Ambassador Hotel New Orleans535 Tchoupitoulas StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130527-5271fax: 599-2107Andrew Jackson Hotel919 Royal StreetNew Orleans, LA 70116524-4401fax: 593-9425Astor Crowne Plaza739 Canal St.New Orleans, LA 70130504-962-0500fax: 962-0503A… Read More »

New Orleans Links

New Orleans Links

July 15, 2009 Latest News

Please visit the following sites for more information on New Orleans: Experience New Orleans New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors BureauNew Orleans Tourism and Marketing CorporationNew Orleans Transportation New Orleans Restaurants Mard… Read More »

New Orleans Info

New Orleans Info

July 15, 2009 Latest News

New Orleans information for visitors. Read More »

Members

Members

July 15, 2009 Latest News

There are a number of benefits to becoming a member of GNOHLA. From recognition and visibilty, workshops and scholarships, and social and professional meetings, you can both develop your company and be heard within the community. Membership is limite… Read More »

Member Benefits

Member Benefits

July 15, 2009 Latest News

AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATIONThe Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association is a not-for-profit corporation registered by the State of Louisiana, with a Board of Directors elected annually by i… Read More »

Members Only

Members Only

July 15, 2009 Latest News

Welcome to the Member's Only section of the GNOHLA web site. Here you can access a wealth of information important for members to know - from meeting notes, to ongoing discussion, membership details and more. Stay in contact with other members, a… Read More »

Industry Links

Industry Links

July 15, 2009 Latest News

American Hotel & Lodging Association … Read More »

Key issues

Key issues

July 15, 2009 Latest News

New Orleans Tourism Master Plan Read More »

Contact Information

Contact Information

July 15, 2009 Latest News

If you need to find information not mentioned on the site, or for more detail on an item, please feel free to contact a fellow member of GNOHLA.Click here to contact a Board of Directors OfficerClick here to contact an Officer … Read More »

2007EcoImpact

2007EcoImpact

July 15, 2009 Latest News

Convention Center:2007 Economic Impact Tim Ryan, Chancellor, UNO Read More »

Media

Media

July 15, 2009 Latest News

Media Contact:Mavis S. Early, Executive Directormavisearly@gnohla.comClick here for Press ReleasesClick here for Photos … Read More »

Reopening of Hyatt may be put on hold

Reopening of Hyatt may be put on hold

July 13, 2009 Latest News

Company cannot find buyer for bondsSunday, July 12, 2009By Jaquetta White, Times PicayuneBusiness writerAn official with Poydras Properties LLC, the company that owns the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, said this week that plans to reopen the massiv… Read More »

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

July 10, 2009 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association is a membership-based, not-for-profit, private association representing the hotel and lodging industry in the Greater New Orleans area. GNOHLA is devoted to representing the rights and interests o… Read More »

Annual Activity Plan

Annual Activity Plan

July 10, 2009 Latest News

Education Conduct educational programs (seminars) annually, the topics of which are to be directed at all levels of management and operations as deemed appropriate. Support the Howard Goodman Educational Fund for the betterment of lodging industry em… Read More »

Visitors

Visitors

July 10, 2009 Latest News

New Orleans is one of the most visited cities in America. From the historic French Quarter, to Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Bourbon Street, St. Charles Avenue and more, New Orleans is a city with art, history and culture like none other.Often referred to a… Read More »

About Us

About Us

July 9, 2009 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association shall involve itself in the following activities to achieve its stated mission:EducationThe Association conducts educational programs at all levels of hotel operations as required by the members… Read More »

Priceline Releases Its 6th Annual Top Destinations List For July 4th

Priceline Releases Its 6th Annual Top Destinations List For July 4th

June 30, 2009 Latest News

NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN - News) today released the results of its 6th annual survey of the 50 most-popular destinations for the upcoming Independence Day weekend. The survey is based on more than 30,000 hot… Read More »

Essence Music Festival bright spot for tourism industry this summer

Essence Music Festival bright spot for tourism industry this summer

June 28, 2009 Latest News

Essence Music Festival bright spot for tourism industry this summerPosted by Jaquetta White / The Times-Picayune June 28, 2009 8:00AMJennifer Zdon/The Times-PicayuneCharnetta Stenson of New York dances to Mary J. Blige on the main floor of the Essenc… Read More »

Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel to reopen this week

Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel to reopen this week

June 25, 2009 Latest News

Posted by Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneAlthough the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel will be open and receiving guests beginning next week, it won't celebrate a grand opening until October. The Blue Room, shown, is scheduled to reopen July 1. The… Read More »

Security fee for Marigny and Quarter approved

Security fee for Marigny and Quarter approved

June 25, 2009 Latest News

But residents will get to vote on the issueWednesday, June 24, 2009By Ed AndersonCapital bureauBATON ROUGE -- Residents and businesses of the French Quarter and Marigny could be paying a fee for increased security and crime prevention if Gov. Bobby J… Read More »

Convention Center business down

Convention Center business down

June 25, 2009 Latest News

Revenue down, expenses riseThursday, June 25, 2009By Jaquetta White, Times PicayuneBusiness writerThe board of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center-New Orleans revised its budget Wednesday to show lower operating revenue and higher operating expens… Read More »

Inn on Bourbon shifts from party to business

Inn on Bourbon shifts from party to business

June 19, 2009 Latest News

by From Citybusiness Staff ReportsIt was not so long ago when general manager Beth Ables did not have to work that hard to fill rooms at the Inn on Bourbon. With its prime location at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse streets, the spot was a natural… Read More »

Hotels in 4 states hit by costly prank calls

Hotels in 4 states hit by costly prank calls

June 19, 2009 Latest News

Hotels in 4 states hit by costly prank callsOfficial: ‘It's gotten to be the latest fad ... someone is going to be caught’The Associated PressThursday, June 11, 2009BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The calls have all been similar pranks: A frantic … Read More »

New Orleans Awarded 2013 Super Bowl

New Orleans Awarded 2013 Super Bowl

May 20, 2009 Latest News

Experts: Economic boost associated with holding the 2013 Super Bowlin New Orleans begins immediatelyby Jaquetta White, The Times-PicayuneThis afternoon's announcement that New Orleans will host Super Bowl XLVII kicked into gear an economic engine… Read More »

Over 1000 marched for

Over 1000 marched for

May 15, 2009 Latest News

To see more photos visit: www.neworleanscvb.com/meetingsmeanbusiness… Read More »

Storage site riles many in Quarter

Storage site riles many in Quarter

May 7, 2009 Latest News

Members:I attended the VCC meeting yesterday to gather information for you. The below article by Bruce Eggler is an accurate account of the meeting. For more information, the power point presentation given by the Port of New Orleans at the meeting m… Read More »

Bill may spawn taxing district in Quarter to pay for crime patrols

Bill may spawn taxing district in Quarter to pay for crime patrols

May 5, 2009 Latest News

Bruce Eggler, Time PicayuneIf the Legislature agrees, voters in the French Quarter and a slice of Faubourg Marigny will be asked to decide whether they want to become New Orleans' newest security tax district.The board of the French Quarter-Marig… Read More »

Task force tackles tourism study

Task force tackles tourism study

April 2, 2009 Latest News

Task force tackles tourism study17-member group has 10-year visionThursday, April 02, 2009By Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writerTimes PicayuneThe newly created New Orleans Hospitality Strategic Task Force will spend at least $250,000 this year to study how… Read More »

Hotelier rescues property from limbo

Hotelier rescues property from limbo

March 11, 2009 Latest News

Hotelier rescues property from limboFormer owner lost it to foreclosure Wednesday, March 11, 2009By Kate Moran Times PicayuneBusiness writer Local hotelier Blake Miller has purchased and renovated the French Quarter Courtyard, aNorth Rampart Street … Read More »

French Quarter hotel reopens under lease deal

French Quarter hotel reopens under lease deal

March 6, 2009 Latest News

French Quarter hotel reopens under lease dealN.O. Hotel Collection takes reins from HertzTuesday, March 03, 2009By Jaquetta WhiteBusiness writer Times PicayuneThe Hotel Maison De Ville quietly reopened last month, nearly three months after shutting i… Read More »

Good times rolling on for Mardi Gras

Good times rolling on for Mardi Gras

February 6, 2009 Latest News

February 20, 2009 -- Updated 1645 GMT (0045 HKT)Good times rolling on for Mardi Gras· Story Highlights· Mardi Gras attendance expected to meet or exceed 2008 numbers· Hotel occupancy rates near 96 percent for Saturday night&middo… Read More »

Armstrong International Issues $144.4M in Bonds

Armstrong International Issues $144.4M in Bonds

February 4, 2009 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2009, New Orleans – The New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) announced today that it had closed its $144.4 million bond financing for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The general airport… Read More »

Trucks begin picking up uncollected trash in Quarter

Trucks begin picking up uncollected trash in Quarter

February 3, 2009 Latest News

Trucks begin picking up uncollected trash in Quarter03:43 PM CST on Tuesday, February 3, 2009Chad Bower / Eyewitness NewsNEW ORLEANS – Trucks are currently picking up previously uncollected trash that were marked by "X"s in the French Quarter.T… Read More »

City Council plans to meet to discuss legal options against Mayor Ray Nagin

City Council plans to meet to discuss legal options against Mayor Ray Nagin

January 28, 2009 Latest News

City Council plans to meet to discuss legal options against Mayor Ray Naginby Frank Donze, The Times-PicayuneWednesday January 28, 2009, 7:28 AMThe City Council is expected to schedule a meeting tomorrow to explore the possibility of seeking a writ o… Read More »

Hotel Hiatus

Hotel Hiatus

January 28, 2009 Latest News

by Richard A. Webster, New Orleans City BusinessAfter the 504-room Roosevelt Hotel opens in June, it will likely be years before another major hotel opens in New Orleans.The renovation of the 1,184-room Hyatt Regency is on permanent hiatus because of… Read More »

New Orleans kicks off Carnival season: Rowdy Mardi Gras celebration means big business for the city

New Orleans kicks off Carnival season: Rowdy Mardi Gras celebration means big business for the city

January 27, 2009 Latest News

New Orleans kicks off Carnival seasonRowdy Mardi Gras celebration means big business for the cityThe Associated Pressupdated 9:57 a.m. CT, Mon., Jan. 26, 2009NEW ORLEANS - Roll out the king cakes, plastic beads and Mardi Gras masks. Carnival season h… Read More »

Landrieu advocates master plan for tourism industry

Landrieu advocates master plan for tourism industry

January 27, 2009 Latest News

Landrieu advocates master plan for tourism industryPosted by Stephanie Bruno January 27, 2009Times PicayuneLt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu announced Monday that he plans to work with tourism leaders in greater New Orleans to craft a master plan for drawing b… Read More »

H-2B cap reached for 2nd half of  2009 & Advice from AHLA

H-2B cap reached for 2nd half of 2009 & Advice from AHLA

January 22, 2009 Latest News

Following is a message of interest from Shawn McBurney, Sr. V-P of Governmental Affairs, AHLA: GNOHLA members are members of AHLA and can access the “Members Only” section of the AHLA website mentioned below.Shawn_McBurney… Read More »

Saenger Theatre to be restored

Saenger Theatre to be restored

January 14, 2009 Latest News

With deal, Saenger Theatre may sing a new song. Plan puts ownership with New Orleans; former owner would operate itTimes-Picayune - Tuesday, January 13, 2009By Michelle KrupaStaff writerNew Orleans officials today are set to announce an innovative pl… Read More »

GNOHLA Habitat for Humanity Project

GNOHLA Habitat for Humanity Project

November 26, 2008 Latest News

Stay tuned for the first GNOHLA Habitat for Humanity build day of 2009!Click here to download the Liability Waiver. Read More »

Chateau Sonesta changes name and flag to Chateau Bourbon Hotel-A Windham Historic Hotel

Chateau Sonesta changes name and flag to Chateau Bourbon Hotel-A Windham Historic Hotel

October 24, 2008 Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFor more information, contact:Honoré AschaffenburgHRI Lodging, Inc.(504) 566-0204CHATEAU SONESTA HOTEL IN FORMER D.H. HOLMES CHANGES NAMETO CHATEAU BOURBON HOTEL -A WYNDHAM HISTORIC HOTELHotel to become member of Wyndham histo… Read More »

GSA Per Diem Waiver-Gustav impacted areas

GSA Per Diem Waiver-Gustav impacted areas

September 8, 2008 Latest News

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONWashington, DC 20405August 31, 2008Federal Travel RegulationGSA Bulletin FTR 08-10TO: Heads of Federal AgenciesSUBJECT: Reimbursement for actual subsistence expenses, and waivers of certain provisions of the Fede… Read More »

Tod Chambers named General Manager of Roosevelt Hotel...

Tod Chambers named General Manager of Roosevelt Hotel...

August 14, 2008 Latest News

Contact: Robert V. AllegriniVP of Communications – The AmericasHilton Hotels Corporation312-663-6516 phone(robert.allegrini@hilton.com)TOD R. CHAMBERS NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF THE FAMED ROOSEVELT HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS, A WALDORF=ASTORIA COLLECTI… Read More »

Perspective on NOLA Hospitality Revitalization

Perspective on NOLA Hospitality Revitalization

July 8, 2008 Latest News

A CURRENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE REVITALIZATION OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM IN NEW ORLEANSThe report of New Orleans Hospitality revitalization presented at the 2008 Tourism & Hospitality Seminar, "The Hospitality Industry - Moving Forward", by Dr. Joh… Read More »

Utilities Committee Meeting Public Hearing

Utilities Committee Meeting Public Hearing

June 28, 2008 Latest News

Dear Members:We attended the Public Hearing at the Utilities Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of New Orleans Wednesday regarding the energy efficiency resolution proposed by Councilmember Midura and signed offby all Utility Committee memb… Read More »

Omni Royal Orleans Local Ownership

Omni Royal Orleans Local Ownership

June 14, 2008 Latest News

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Returns to Local Ownership after Nearly Three DecadesNEW ORLEANS | For the first time in nearly thirty years, the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (www.omniroyalorleans.com) in the heart of the French Quarter is back in the hands of … Read More »

Roosevelt Waldorf=Astoria Hotel

Roosevelt Waldorf=Astoria Hotel

June 8, 2008 Latest News

FAMED ROOSEVELT HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS TO BE REBORN AS A WALDORF=ASTORIA COLLECTION® HOTELBEVERLY HILLS, CA- June 4, 2008 – The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, a luxury member of the Hilton Hotels Family, announced plans today for the redevelopmen… Read More »

Tourism Awareness Day

Tourism Awareness Day

May 21, 2008 Latest News

Tourism Awareness Day is scheduled at the State Capital Wednesday, May 21, 2008.We are coordinating our efforts in this endeavor with the LA Office of Tourism, LA Travel Promotion Association, LA Restaurant Association and LA Association of Conventio… Read More »

Hotel Employee Receives Habitat Home

Hotel Employee Receives Habitat Home

March 24, 2008 Latest News

A new home filled with family and love: Kenya Walter's storyA New Orleanian who lost her home and possessions, Kenya went to Houston with many of her family members on that fateful day in August we all have in our minds. Understandably a tough a… Read More »

PR Committee Thursday 03/13, InterContinental

PR Committee Thursday 03/13, InterContinental

March 10, 2008 Latest News

The bimonthly GNOHLA Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled in the Poydras room located on the third floor of the InterContinental New Orleans hotel on Thursday, March 13th, 2008 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.Tentative Agenda:Public Relations1. A… Read More »

Jim Hoskins Joins GNOHLA Board of Directors

Jim Hoskins Joins GNOHLA Board of Directors

March 6, 2008 Latest News

Jim Hoskins, general manager of Harrah's New Orleans has been selected to join the GNOHLA Board of Directors.Hometown: Pascagoula, Miss.Education: bachelor's degree in quantitative business analysis, Louisiana State University; bachelor's… Read More »

PCI  Security Standards

PCI Security Standards

February 21, 2008 Latest News

Your education committee, realizing the grave importance of this issue, is pleased to announce an educational program on the new PAYMENT CARD INDUSTRY DATA SECURITY STANDARDS (PCI DSS).We are fortunate to have Ms. ELISHA WARNER of First National Mer… Read More »

Announcement & Photo Opportunity

Announcement & Photo Opportunity

January 31, 2008 Latest News

MEDIA ALERT: Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association & New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Join Forces to Build New Homes for Families In Need Of Housing, Kickoff Date: December 18 - 10 a.m.WHAT: Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lod… Read More »

Bill McCreary New Area Managing Director

Bill McCreary New Area Managing Director

January 25, 2008 Latest News

It is with distinct pleasure that we announce the promotion of Bill McCreary to Area Managing Director, New Orleans effective January 2, 2008. Bill will oversee all three New Orleans Hotels - Sheraton New Orleans, W New Orleans and W New Orleans Fren… Read More »

GNOHLA and NOAHH Announce Partnership

GNOHLA and NOAHH Announce Partnership

January 25, 2008 Latest News

New Orleans, LA - Today, the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GNOHLA) and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) announced a first of its kind "industry focused" partnership to assist hotel and hospitality employees and the… Read More »

Hotel Industry Leads Economic Recovery

Hotel Industry Leads Economic Recovery

January 25, 2008 Latest News

New Orleans, LA, August 27, 2007- In the City's business sector, the hotel industry continues to lead the recovery and growth of New Orleans, according to the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association President Fred Sawyers, General Manag… Read More »

Habitat, Hoteliers Develop Housing Partnership

Habitat, Hoteliers Develop Housing Partnership

January 25, 2008 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS — The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will partner to assist hotel and hospitality employees and their families in need of housing. Fred Sawyers, GNOHLA president and ge… Read More »

Martin Driskell named

Martin Driskell named "General Manager of the Year"

January 21, 2008 Latest News

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently awarded "GM of the Year" to Martin Driskell, General Manager of the InterContinental New Orleans.Driskell received the award at a recent IHG Leadership Conference held in Dallas, Texas. The award recognize… Read More »

MARDI GRAS 1899

MARDI GRAS 1899

January 10, 2008 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF JANUARY 21, 2008.MARDI GRAS 1899: THE COLDEST DAY EVERY RECORDED IN NEW ORLEANSThe coldest temperature ever recorded in New Orleans was February 14,1899. Along with the all time low temperature of 6.80 F., snow and sleet we… Read More »

MARDI GRAS Throws, Song, Colors

MARDI GRAS Throws, Song, Colors

January 8, 2008 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF JANUARY 28, 2008MARDI GRAS THROWS - OFFICIAL SONG - COLORSTHROWSMardi Gras is a Christian festival borrowed from the pagans. The pagans who survived the dreaded winter, showed their appreciation to their gods for surviving… Read More »

First MARDI GRAS Parade In U.S.

First MARDI GRAS Parade In U.S.

December 30, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2008. FIRST MARDI GRAS PARADE IN U.S.: NEW ORLEANS, LA OR MOBilE, AL ???Early New Year's morning, 1830, in Mobile Alabama, a group of young men were heading home after a fun evening which included plenty of … Read More »

GNOHLA Announces 2008 President

GNOHLA Announces 2008 President

December 28, 2007 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association recently named Ashish Verma as its 2008 President. Verma is the General Manager of the Windsor Court Hotel.Ashish Verma successfully led post-Katrina recovery efforts at the Windsor Court Hotel an… Read More »

THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS

THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS

December 20, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF JANUARY 7, 2008.The Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. At the tail end of the War of 1812, the British with the mightiest army in the world, decided to teach the Americans a lesson for stabbing them in the back by decl… Read More »

FLEUR DE LIS

FLEUR DE LIS

December 20, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2007FLEUR DE LISLight Standards on Canal StreetAn old truism we have all heard states: when you live close to the forest, you sometimes don't see the trees. Another old saying is: never ask a native about t… Read More »

FRUITCAKE!

FRUITCAKE!

December 20, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 10, 2007FRUITCAKE!IS THERE REAllY ONLY ONE, OR ARE THERE MilLIONS?Johnny Carson once jokingly said there was only one fruitcake in the U.S. People just kept passing it around. He also had a list of the best ten u… Read More »

CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE

CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE

December 20, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2007CHRISTMAS CANDY CANEAn ingenious, creative candy maker, wishing to make a candy that would be symbolic of Christmas, came up with the idea of the ever-popular "Christmas candy cane".The candy is extremely ha… Read More »

CHRISTMAS CAROL

CHRISTMAS CAROL "SILENT NIGHT"

December 20, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 24, 2007CHRISTMAS CAROL "SILENT NIGHT"In the early morning on December 24, 1818, Father Josef Mohr, pastor of a small Catholic Parish in Oberndorf, Austria, received devastating news. The little church's organ… Read More »

CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS

December 10, 2007 Latest News

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 17, 2007CHRISTMASNew Orleans First Christmas CelebrationAlthough we do not know the exact date New Orleans was founded, there are historical records of the first Christmas celebration. On Christmas Eve, 1718, the … Read More »

2007 New Orleans Bowl

2007 New Orleans Bowl

November 30, 2007 Latest News

Dear Board Members:On Friday, December 21, 2007, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will host 400 to 500 under-served kids from the greater New Orleans area at the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The Sports Foundation has requested financial co… Read More »

GNOHLA announces new Executive Director

GNOHLA announces new Executive Director

November 30, 2007 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association recently announced that Mavis Early will join them as its first full-time Executive Director. Early is an attorney at law with experience in business, civic, charitable and governmental affairs.Ea… Read More »

GNOHLA Silent Auction

GNOHLA Silent Auction

September 21, 2007 Latest News

The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association's (GNOHLA) Tourism Tee Off Golf Tournament was a great success. Preliminary indications are that all of our goals were met. We produced an exceptional golf tournament, a great industry outin… Read More »

GNOHLA New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Partnership

GNOHLA New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Partnership

August 16, 2007 Latest News

Our hope is to create a long-term housing partnership that will assist hotel industry employees affected by housing shortages. This partnership will allow us to continue our commitment to the business recovery and growth of New Orleans and provide "h… Read More »