Tourism Biz

Seminar on the Side

  The hospitality industry is known as a sector where you start at the bottom and work your way up. The dishwasher earns her spot at food prep and tries to impress chef to get promoted to the salad station.…

Broadway by Way of Canal Street

  For most Americans, the first time we see a musical is on a television screen. Maybe it is a classic like “Singing in the Rain,” or maybe it is one of the new Disney live action versions of an…

A Pledge to Meet in September

  For many of us, we have a three-day weekend to plan (insert meme here). Labor Day honors workers with a paid Monday off, and I honor hospitality workers without the day off with extra gratuity. The following are some…

Hello, Goodbye

  For many residents of New Orleans, any sense of hospitality toward short-term rental users has run out. On Aug. 8, the New Orleans City Council addressed the community’s concerns and unanimously passed new ordinances that will more strictly limit…

Where River and Ocean Meet

  While it’s back-to-school season in the South, in the northern beach towns summer is still in full swing. To capture the attention of those vacationers, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) is hosting New Orleans on the Vineyard,…

Red and Dirty

  If you don’t yet know, the au courant togs that must be worn this upcoming Saturday, Aug. 10 need either be rouge of shade or sweaty of armpit. Once again, Red Dress Run coincides with Dirty Linen Night, two…

Clap Your Hands Now, People Clap Your Hands

  Seeing New Orleans from the perspective of a tourist reminds me how special our city is. It is so easy to become stuck in our work and family obligations, and sometimes weeks will go by and the most culturally…

Hold That Plane

  In New Orleans, we are very good at being fashionably late. Maybe it’s because we like to make a dramatic entrance, or it might be because it is usually too hot to move with any rapidity. Whatever the reason,…

In the Summertime When the Weather is Hot

  It’s an ominous time of year. We can feel the end drawing near. With each morning, there is one less morning. I am, of course, terrified of the last weeks of day camp before we have a nightmare break…

Do You Hear the People Sing?

  You don’t need to have a French surname to celebrate Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet as it is known in France, especially if you are in New Orleans. We have a long tradition of celebrating our French culture,…

Take a Look, It’s in a Book

  For more than 60 years, Storyland in New Orleans City Park has attracted children and families with its larger-than-life playground installations of fairy tale characters and their abodes. Now, like a lot of people who have surpassed the age…

Splish Splash

  One of the most ludicrous things one could write about summertime in New Orleans is that it is very hot. There aren’t really many similes or metaphors that can do our summer heat justice. It’s the kind of heat…

“Mom, Why Are There So Many Forks?”

  Remember summer vacation from school? Maybe you were looked after by a neighbor lady and had 15 other kids to make up games with, or maybe you went to a different day camp every week to explore your art,…

Snap Beans Ain’t Salty

  We’ve had a rough go of it lately y’all. So many of our Louisiana cultural icons have passed in the last two weeks. We barely had time to process the loss of culinary powerhouse Leah Chase when the news…

Aw-Shucks

New Orleans Oyster Fest becomes a tween, annoyed by parents

Perfect Timing

National Travel and Tourism Week arrives as infrastructure deal is struck

You’re Hired!

Hospitality and Tourism Job Fest connects job seekers with employers

Tourism Biz

Tourism with Jennifer Schecter

about

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.