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Au Revoir, Sort Of

  The only thing that is constant is change. And in these new COVID-19 times, change comes continuously. This will be the last Biz Tourism Blog for the foreseeable future, possibly forever. Biz online remains committed to tourism coverage and…

Audubon Aquarium Set to Reopen Tomorrow

  Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, one of New Orleans’ top tourist attractions, will reopen tomorrow, July 16, for the first time in four months. The COVID-19 closure of the aquarium and Audubon Institute’s other facilities from March to June…

Fried Chicken Festival 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

  Yet another New Orleans festival has succumbed to COVID-19 as organizers announced this week that the 2020 National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) has been cancelled. The three-day festival would have celebrated its fifth anniversary in the fall and likely…

Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer

  Sometimes the lens of history helps us see current events more clearly. I’ve been thinking about the sacrifices made during World War II—how communities rallied together for the greater good—and how we can apply those lessons to the challenges…

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

  Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, announced last week that its ocean-going cruise line members will extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until Sept. 15, 2020. The current “No Sail…

Vote Early, Vote Often

  Tourist-favorite attractions, Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium for the Americas, have been nominated by USA TODAY for the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. This makes four years running for the New Orleans institutions to be nominated by an expert panel…

Big Questions

  The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is facing unprecedented challenges. In April, a watchdog report critical of its hotel expansion plans cautioned against it in the near term. At its May board of commissioners meeting, the financial…

‘They All Masked for You’

  Audubon Nature Institute is opening the gates of Audubon Zoo today for the first time since the coronavirus stay-at-home order went into effect in March. Audubon created a phased approach to reopening its facilities, and the zoo is step…

Live Oaks and Mini Golf

  As coronavirus restrictions ease and those who haven’t been frontline workers cautiously leave their homes, being a tourist in your hometown is more tantalizing than ever. One of New Orleans’ most popular tourist destinations is City Park, and it…

Flying the Socially Distant Skies

  Yesterday, 190,477 people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airports nationwide. On the same day last year, 2,312,727 travelers were screened. With companies continuing to limit work trips and leisure trips looking questionable, the precipitous decline…

Carpe Diem?

  Following the statewide lifting of the stay-at-home order, New Orleans will begin to open up businesses Saturday at 6 a.m. New Orleans, considered a hot spot for the coronavirus with 6,718 cases and 477 deaths, will have stricter mandates…

Future of Cruising Uncertain

  In the ever-shifting landscape created by the uncertainties of coronavirus, the seascape fares no better. Cruise lines are extending cancelations, suffering financial losses, and New Orleans, the sixth-largest cruise port in the United States, is being directly impacted. Carnival…

New Orleans Restaurant Royalty

  With Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ extension of the stay-at-home-order to May 15, restaurants continue to feel the strain of closure. The dining scene of New Orleans is a major draw for tourists and a point of pride for…

Festing from Home

  Perhaps one of the most unsettling aspects of the current situation of social distancing due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is the interruption of our traditions. Unlike Washington, DC, which runs on the legislative and election calendar, or a…

When the Well Runs Dry

  As the closures and cancellations stretch on during the social distancing measures to control COVID-19, New Orleans musicians are struggling to make ends meet. These musicians are experiencing a total loss of income with few opportunities to perform. Local…

The More You Know

  There is no precedent for the current state of the world and the impact of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Many of us feel we are grasping at straws to know where to begin in the “new normal.” We’ve…

Coronavirus Puts Thousands Out of Work

  When the world is in crisis, it’s easy to give in to the feelings of anxiety and fear. Sometimes you need to, maybe for 30 minutes, before you pull yourself back out of that place and refocus on moving…

Coronavirus Disrupts Tourism

  On Monday, the city of New Orleans declared its first presumed case of coronavirus, or COVID-19. There are now at least three such cases in the city being treated at three different hospitals. On Tuesday night, the state of…

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

Communicable diseases bring a certain dread to those who work in the tourism and hospitality industry. Since news of Coronavirus, or Covid-19, first made headlines, those who are responsible for the health and safety of travelers and conveners have been…

Break a Leg

When people travel, they are wise to look for cultural gems off the beaten path. That is especially true for New Orleans and the larger metro region. Ask most locals what they do on a Friday night, and few would…

A Mardi Gras Survival Guide For Hosting Tourists

  Who else is spending 80 percent of their day with Al “Carnival Time” Johnson in their heads? It can’t be just me who constantly hears the staccato eighth notes of the horns and piano in the song’s opening? Washing…

Fly the Freundlicher Skies

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has welcomed German airline Condor Airlines for seasonal summer flights to Frankfurt, Germany since 2017. The direct flights have been popular and were a boon to New Orleans positioning itself as an international…

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Once a tourist in New Orleans herself, Jennifer Gibson Schecter is proud to call NOLA home. Prior to New Orleans, she wrote for publications in the Midwest and New York City. She advises travelers to ask their cab/pedicab/gondola driver where their favorite restaurant is and to eat there.

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