New Orleans gathers more tourism accolades, for top Southern destination and affordability French Quarter Fest

July 3 2013 | Latest News
By Mark Waller, | The Times-Picayune
July 01, 2013

A 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 Traveler. The city and its amenities recently won recognition in other categories from, Southern Living magazine and for other attributes on the TripAdvisor travel web site.

This time TripAdvisor ranked New Orleans sixth nationally among the most affordable cities to visit based on a night in a hotel for two, a two-course dinner, cocktails for two and a round-trip taxi ride. The study used summer rates covering June 1 through August 31. The South registered as the most affordable region overall with Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami also landing among the 10 least expensive destinations.

AAA Southern Traveler magazine also has named New Orleans the best large city to visit for 2013 based on a reader poll on Southern destinations, said an announcement from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The tourism industry groups said the distinction will appear in the magazine's July/August edition.

The magazine also declared New Orleans best for a weekend getaway and best for live music. And it ranked the Hotel Monteleone as the best large hotel, The Court of the Two Sisters as the best outdoor dining setting, the French Quarter as the best attraction and the drive on River Road to Baton Rouge as the best day tour.

"These news outlets serve as opinion leaders for domestic and international audiences, providing the latest information on trends in the tourism industry and tips for travelers," said a statement from the two New Orleans tourism industry groups.