Successful tourism of the “Big Easy” embraces various markets, members

Successful tourism of the

In 2015, New Orleans spent $7.05 billion dollars hosting 9.78 million visitors and continues to thrive due to the embrace of visitors and local spending. The creation of the “Big Easy” was cultivated for progressive tourism in 1918 through 1945.

FEATURE: Horse and carriageman waits for potential riders on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on May 5, 2017. (Photo: Alanderia Whitlock)

Bad times don’t last always

Even after the disastrous Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ has turned their economy around through the growth of strong tourism by using leisure for visitors, conventions and major special events.  Transportation, history, culture and music are just a few everyday activities that produce a thriving tourism attraction for New Orleans in the South. Vendors of artwork, music, clothing, accessories and even the necessities of life, such as food, are seen commonplace on the city streets of New Orleans.

Guitarist entertains by-standers while earning money on May 5, 2017 on Canal Street in New Orleans. (Photo: Alanderia Whitlock)

Smaller cities find tourism management challenging 

Strong tourism results in money for the city; however, more people sometimes evolves into inconvenient complaints. In Gulfport, Miss., the last spring break events brought tens of thousands of visitors and even more complaints and backlash.

To compare the economies of New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., there is a comparable difference in their standings. New Orleans thrives as a city and Louisiana’s economy has improved since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. However, Mississippi remains in a losing position. In 1959, the Chamber of Commerce of New Orleans developed progressive plans to “modernize” their efforts to market their city. As today, the city has endured disaster after another and survived still remaining one of the best cities to visit in the United States. It ranks #1 in the USA for international tourism.

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Art vendors sale necklaces, candles and accessories to tourists and locals on May 5, 2017 on Canal Street. (Photo: Alanderia Whitlock)

Culture and inclusion helps economy 

Musicians earn extra cash, and in some cases, an earnest living on the streets entertaining bystanders and tourists.

“I have been on my own for a very long time and I’ve used my gifts to help me make it each day.”

“This is a city where you can make it you want, it’s really up to you,” said Chippie Smith, a local guitarist.

Local gigs heads to another gig on Canal Street in New Orleans  on May 6, 2017. (Photo: Alanderia Whitlock)

New Orlean’s tourism thrives 

Visitors can enjoy horse and carriage rides and distinctive cuisines; on the other hand, locals use trains, public transportation, and bicycles to save money, as they travel to and fro. It has been found that little cities can adopt bigger ideas while brainstorming and positioning their assets. Cities such as Roanoke, Va. and Douglas, Ga. have rebuilt their economies by engaging all members of their communities.

Bikers enjoy the sun on Canal Street in New Orleans on May 6, 2017. (Photo: Alanderia Whitlock)

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