Tourism Biz

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…

Keeping the Beat

The lineup for the 37th Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron has been announced and will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the French Quarter April 16-19. The event is the largest free festival that celebrates Louisiana music…

She Works Hard for the Money

It’s a new year, and surely after four weeks of resolutions you are a new you, right? As for me, I have meditated six times and done yoga once, so I’m saying I’m absolutely a new person. But maybe your…

Can a Stork Carry a Lion Cub?

With all the talk of tigers this month for the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game (Geaux LSU!), we almost forgot about the very important feline residents of New Orleans. Not to be outdone by striped mascots, the Audubon…

Shop (and Eat) ‘Till You Drop

Six years ago, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk became a downtown destination for first-to-market outlet shopping, as well as a popular lunch spot for locals working nearby. Since then, it has welcomed more than 18 million shoppers and touts more than $500…

Music Makes the World Go Round

  The first time I saw Glen David Andrews perform was at d.b.a. on a hot August night. He and his band moved between trad jazz and raucous wailing with the ease of butter melting on grilled sirloin. I was…

A New Chapter in Childhood

  When you write about tourism in New Orleans, a wonderful perk of the job is you often get to bring your family with you as you explore the city. Such was the case when my family and I made…

Dixieland Santa Clause Leading the Band

No scrooge can stop us. We are comfortably in the holiday zone, when we can drink Cajun eggnog daiquiris and sing along when WWOZ plays Louis Armstrong’s “Christmastime in New Orleans.” Maybe we even have…

Date at the Gate

  Would you go on a date at an airport? Or spend some alone time shopping and dining there? Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) believes there is a demand for such visits, and today it launches its new…

Take It Nice and Easy

  It is the day before Thanksgiving, and how many of us are feeling completely calm and relaxed right now? In reality, many of us are reading this on our phones waiting to board a plan, in the guest room…

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Tourism with Jennifer Schecter

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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.