NEW ORLEANS — When Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast region, the city of New Orleans and the tourism community proved to be more than prepared. “The evacuation of some 30,000 visitors to the city this past weekend in less than 24 hours went exceptionally well and almost flawlessly followed the emergency plan established after Hurricane Katrina”, commented Kelly Schulz, vice president of communications and public relations, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. In light of what was slated to be a damaging event, the city fared extremely well and is operating at normal levels. With no significant damage to the hospitality infrastructure of New Orleans reported, it is not anticipated that the after-effects of the storm will have any impact on the Fall convention and meeting calendar.
“New Orleans and its residents have proven once again they have what it takes to shine with the pride and resiliency as only the ‘Big Easy’ can,” according to Terry Jackson, owner/vice president of PRA Destination Management, a major contributor to the tourism community in New Orleans. “PRA New Orleans is operating business as usual and hosting events for clients in the city this coming weekend. We have been in contact with our local partners and major hotels properties, venues, attractions, transportation systems, and the city are more than ready for business.”
“As we have had multitudes of inquiries and well wishes from our clients, industry partners and friends from around the world, we wanted to take a brief moment to share that the city of New Orleans flew through Gustav with flying colors,” stated Jeff O’Hare, DMCP, owner/president of PRA New Orleans. “On behalf of the PRA New Orleans team, and the hospitality industry in New Orleans as a whole, I would like to thank everyone for their support. Our office and the hospitality industry as a whole are functioning as usual, and we are looking forward to welcoming groups to New Orleans this month, in some cases this weekend.”
Source: PRA Destination Management
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