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New Orleans listed among the best city to visit

This is the 2dn time in a month that New Orleans has been listed as one of the top travel destinations from a world class travel magazine. More importantly, this time, it has got the highest honor as Travel + Leisure named it as the best American city to go to.

Cities that topped the reader’s survey did not really match with the glitz and glamour of New Orleans. Other cities that caught the reader’s imagination are Chicago, San Francisco, West Virginia, Charleston, Savannah, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York, Nashville and Santa Fe.

Earlier in October, New Orleans hit the 8th position in United States’ top ten cities’ list suggested by Conde Nast Traveler. This honor came as New Orleans is getting ready to play host to US’s largest sporting event, and that is the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to take place in February. This will be the 10th time that the city will host this event.

Travel + Leisure named New Orleans a ‘clear winner’ as it scored in the top – 5 in over half of the sixty six categories the magazine surveyed, including the music scene and fine dining. The magazine also asked the readers to rate thirty five metropolitan regions.

Travel + Leisure have appraised New Orleans in different categories. They showed that the city has an alluring mixture of appealing traits.

New Orleans slowly attracting travelers

It has been 7 long years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and brought the city to its knees and now Isaac again tried to push the city back to its knees. But, now there is a good news for the city that the national retailers, developers and most importantly are coming to New Orleans.

A Dallas developer Howard Hughes Corp is planning a seventy million dollar expansion and renovation of the Riverwalk, which is a struggling entertainment and shopping complex.

In the month of July, an upscale food chain Fresh Market, which has 2 shops in the Southwest Florida, opened a 24800 square foot grocery shop. A Costco warehouse shop will open next year. These projects show a confidence among outside retailers and developers this city after Katrina and Isaac. The newcomers tell that they have been attracted to the cultural and economic vitality of the city and the city’s considerable need for retail.

Recently travelers are hitting the downtown area of New Orleans, even though the number is quite low. Mark Bulmash, the senior vice president (development) of Howard Hughes, told that the New Orleans’ rich travel industry as well as thriving, residential-oriented place.

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that the city has experienced a surge in the number of travelers since Katrina. Last year, the number rose to 8.7 million, but in the year 2006, the number was 3.7 million. One official reported that the volume is rising. In 2011, the travelers spent $ 5.47 billion, which is a record.

Southwest Airlines adds flight service to New Orleans

It seems like a huge victory for New Orleans as Southwest Airlines reports that they will increase their presence in this city with a 114 daily flights by 9th March, 2013. This thirty five percent addition in August brings around 1.5 million extra seats in the market annually.

At present, Southwest operates seventy six flights from New Orleans. AirTran Airways, which is fully owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, operates 8 flights on a daily basis. Southwest states that they will also serve Key West and Newark from New Orleans; and AirTran will start serving Orlando. On the March schedule, each place will have a daily non – stop flight. The schedule for February the flight frequency also increases in cities like St. Louis, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale and Dallas Love.

Mitch Landrieu, the Mayor of New Orleans, told that the extra air service is a huge victory for the city. He believes that it reveals that the New Orleans’ demand for business travel and leisure is quite strong. Demand is actually the key in getting air service for the city and this only adds to the recent confidence shown in the airport and the region.

Nolan Rollins, the Chairman of the Aviation Board, told that Southwest Airlines has have made an assurance of support to the market of New Orleans with the assed air service. On New Orleans Aviation Board’s behalf, he also expressed their thanks for the vote of confidence in their city as a popular destination.