Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Say Yes to N.O.-New Orleans Ready to Jazz Congress of Cities Attendees

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Say Yes to N.O.-New Orleans Ready to Jazz Congress of Cities Attendees

Article excerpt

The 84th annual NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition heads to New Orleans, November 13-17, for what promises to be an inspirational and rewarding conference.

New Orleans continues to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Mayor C. Ray Nagin and other local leaders are eager to show off the progress the city is making. While there is still a lot to be done, there have been many advances toward returning New Orleans to its former old world charm, and leaders promise that the city will be "Music to your Eyes." When making plans to attend, conference delegates should note that this conference is in mid-November, rather than early December, as were past Congress of Cities conferences.

Mardi Gras 2007 a Resounding Success

With estimated crowds in the 800,000 range, New Orleans successfully hosted Mardi Gras in February with hotels reporting a 95 percent occupancy rate from pre-Katrina levels.

Many visitors were amazed at the restoration of affected tourist areas. The city worked hard to successfully and safely host the large number of tourists, while preserving the flavor of old world New Orleans charm and hospitality.

Mardi Gras revelers enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of this unique American city, and were able to see the advances made since Hurricane Katrina struck back in 2005.

Transportation/Attractions Ready and Open for Business

Louis Armstrong International Airport is at 65 percent of incoming and 77 percent of outgoing flights compared to its pre-Katrina numbers, with additional flights being added every month. …

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