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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…

Tourism Talks Tech

Every industry struggles with how best to use technology. Tech is constantly changing, consumers’ comfort levels are frequently adjusting and demands for convenience are increasing. That being said, the tourism and hospitality industry is, at its heart, an industry about…

No Hair of the Dog Here

New Orleans has a complicated relationship with alcohol. We celebrate historic cocktails like the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz. We tout our open container laws and create personalized go-cups for birthdays and weddings. That sense of freedom to imbibe is…

MSY User Guide

The time has finally come. After nearly four years of construction, the new $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is opening Wednesday, Nov. 6. All commercial flights will use the new terminal at 1 Terminal…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A month ago, while working on my column for the November issue of Biz New Orleans, I wrote, “We just can’t seem to stop building hotels.” A week ago, as news of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse began to spread,…

Halloween Fun, New Orleans-style

  When a city has over 300 years of history, it earns a patina of spookiness even in the brightest sunlight. As I finished that sentence and paused to consider the next, a dish in my sink just shifted against…

Party at Pontchartrain

We’ve finally had a reprieve from the oppressive heat, and we can actually enjoy spending time outside. This weekend, celebrate fall with the family at the annual Gentilly Fest at Pontchartrain Park Oct. 11-13. Since 2007, Gentilly Fest has shined…

A Wing and a Prayer

While most people in the Greater New Orleans region are losing sleep and fretting about when Drew Brees will heal enough to play again, travel writers are pulling their hair out waiting for an announcement from Louis Armstrong International New…

New Orleans on the Page

  For many people, the only way they can travel is by reading books. Affordability, time off from work, family size, illness and physical accessibility are just a few of the barriers that keep people close to home. I was…

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…

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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.