In the past few weeks, the city of New Orleans has been mistakenly associated with the Gulf Coast oil spill, when, in fact, New Orleans is 100 miles inland and resides on the banks of the fresh-water Mississippi River.
Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, has released a following statement concerning the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a means to clarify the current situation as it pertains to the city of New Orleans.
"Our hearts go out to our fellow Louisianans on the Gulf Coast who are suffering from this environmental tragedy," he said. "New Orleans is 100 miles inland, thus we have avoided any physical or environmental damage and remained unscathed. There has been no adverse impact on the air or water quality in New Orleans, both of which are completely safe. We continue to meet and exceed the expectations of hundreds of thousands of business, leisure travelers, and festival goers."