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 CDT
Written by: Natasha Robin

Another hotel is added to the list of places for tourists to stay in New Orleans.

254 more guest rooms are available at the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel. It's the third Hyatt to open its doors in the city since last year.

"A hotel like this renovated Hyatt in the French Quarter just adds that much more value to the hotel offerings in the city," says Mark Romig with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Romig says the hotel should have no problem booking up.

In the past, the summer months of June and July were typically slow, but that is not the case this year.

Two major conventions are in town right now. The National Association of Black Journalists and the Southern Baptist Convention are here. Together, the two conventions have brought in more than 11,000 people.

Convention-goers are flooding the city, spending money in the French Quarter and eating at the best restaurants.

About $8 million in economic impact will come from the two conventions, but the city is bracing itself for what's turning out to be a booming summer.

"After this week, we have Essence Fest which is actually three days, July 5th through July 8th. It's a fantastic event. The city will be basically sold out that weekend. And then in July, a Lutheran group coming in. More families and more young adults will be coming in to do service projects and experience New Orleans," says Romig.

After that, the Urban League's National Conference will be held on July 25.

Romig says there's been a very aggressive campaign going on to market New Orleans for the summer months. With the amount of conventions already lined up, the campaign seems to be a proven success.

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