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THE PLACE TO BE

Visitors and locals love New Orleans

 THE PLACE TO BE:  Visitors and locals love New Orleans

17 NOV 2011:  Looking for fun. Frequent travellers in the Travel + Leisure magazine 2011 America's Favourite Cities survey voted New Orleans as the number one destination for live music/concerts and bands, wild weekends, cocktail hour, singles/bar scene, fine-dining restaurants, friendliest people, cafes, antique stores, flea markets and people-watching. The publication also found that New Orleanians are most proud of their city compared to residents of the other 34 cities in the survey.


"We are blessed with one of the most dynamic, rich and culturally diverse cities in the world," said Mayor Landrieu. "In addition to hosting millions of leisure travelers, we look forward to hosting an unprecedented series of international events over the next 18 months and beyond, which gives us another opportunity to highlight our unique culture, cuisine, architecture and music."

"The survey results remind us that residents of our city of 340,000 enjoy a cultural quality of life as do those in much larger cities because of the number of culinary, museum, nightlife, sporting and shopping assets made possible by the tourism industry," said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Tourism supports thousands of small and mid-sized businesses and brings together neighbourhoods in shared activities and iconic events, once created for locals, but now recognized by tourists as the best of any destination in the country."

The annual online survey appeared on travelandleisure.com from May 16, 2011, to August 15, 2011.

Respondents were asked to identify if they were visitors or residents, then asked to rank their choice of 35 cities from across the country in different categories on culture, hotels, shopping, people, food and other characteristics. The survey features a total of 54 questions across eight categories. New Orleans and other Favourite Cities winners are featured in T + L magazine's November 2011 issue.

Visitors ranked New Orleans in the top three in the following subcategories:

Shopping

•    Antique Stores (1)
•    Flea Markets (1)
•    Independent Boutiques (1)

Best Times to Visit

•    Christmas
•    New Year's Eve
•    Fall

People
•    Diverse
•    Friendly (1)
•    Off-Beat (1)
•    Proud of their City (1)

Nightlife (1)
•    Ethnic Food
•    Singles/Bar Scene (1)
•    Live Music/Concerts and Bands (1)
•    Cocktail Hour (1)

Quality of Life and Visitor Experience

•    People-watching (1)
•    Lots of Hotel Options
•    Architecture/Cool Buildings

Type of Trip

•    Wild Weekend (1)

Food/Drink/Restaurants
•    Cafes (1)
•    Fine Dining Restaurants (1)

In addition to the honours voted by visitors, locals were also given the chance to tout their city and gave New Orleans a top three ranking in the following subcategories:

People
•    Diverse
•    Friendly
•    Off-Beat
•    Proud of their City (1)
•    Sports-Crazed

Nightlife (1)

•    Cocktail Hour (1)
•    Live Music/Concerts and Bands (1)
•    Singles/Bar Scene (1)

Shopping (1)
•    Antique Stores (1)
•    Flea Markets (1)
•    Independent Boutiques (1)

Food/Drink/Restaurants
•    Cafes (1)
•    Fine-Dining Restaurants

Quality of Life and Visitor Experience

•    People-Watching (1)
•    Lots of Hotel Options

Best Times to Visit
•    Fall (1)
•    New Year's Eve
•    Winter

Type of Trip

•    Cultural Getaway
•    Wild Weekend (1)

Cities also included in the 2011 America's Favorite Cities survey were:
Anchorage; Atlanta; Austin; Baltimore; Boston; Charleston; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Denver; Honolulu; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; Memphis; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Nashville; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix/Scottsdale; Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; Providence; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; San Juan; Santa Fe; Savannah; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

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