first_imgNew Orleans breaks tourism record set before Katrina Tags: America, New Orleans, Trend Watch The Canadian Press Tuesday, March 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Share NEW ORLEANS — A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.University of New Orleans’ Hospitality Research Center says last year’s visitors spent $7.41 billion dollars. That’s 51% more than the amount spent in 2004, and 5.1% above the spending record set in 2015.The study, made for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., was released Thursday.Mayor Mitch Landrieu says in a news release that he’s looking forward to 2017 being even bigger.Related: Beyond Bourbon St: Seven things to do in New Orleans when you’re not collecting beadslast_img

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