New Orleans tourism has continued to flourish in 2011, riding a wave of post-Katrina resurgence. Despite a weak national economy, travelers can’t seem to get enough of the Crescent City.
They also can’t seem to spend enough; visitors plunked down $3.1 billion through the first half of the year, up 10% from the same time period in 2010.
While the physical numbers point to a strong resurgence, the city is about to enjoy a more symbolic victory this week.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is stet to re-open Wednesday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city back in 2005.
In the days and weeks following the epic storm, the luxury hotel served as ground zero for first responders and rescue workers. After six years and a $275 million makeover, the Big Easy is finally ready to welcome back one of its premier hotels.
Source: USA Today