On April 12 in New York City, the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB) kicked off a 10-city international tour to spread the word about the city's renaissance. "We're really bullish on the future," said Stephen Perry, NOMCVB's president and CEO, who then gave reasons why.
This March, New Orleans welcomed 83,000 convention visitors,
10,000 more than in March 2005, showing that the all-important convention
market is not only making its way back to pre-Katrina levels but in some cases
surpassing it. "We've had more renovations—from the convention center to
hotels, restaurants and even streets," Perry said, explaining that since
February there has been a new sanitation service on
"The city is almost sold out right now for almost two solid weeks for Jazz Fest," he continued. "Homes are starting to be rebuilt, the economy is booming; the state's got the biggest surplus in history right now," he reported.
And to really get to a New Yorker's heart, Perry spoke of
what the two cities have in common. "There are not many real, authentic
places left—there's not much doubt where you are when you walk out the door in
To draw attention to the city, the NOMCVB sprung a classic
streetcar that ran on the Desire line (yes, a real streetcar named Desire) from
a museum in