Culture & Tourism

New Orleans has long attracted visitors from around the world to experience its unique history, music, food and culture. When Hurricane Katrina threatened to take that away, it reignited the passion of locals and visitors alike to restore the culture of New Orleans.

With the city once again welcoming more than 9 million visitors per year, New Orleans has even more to offer than before. New Orleans today is home to 600 more restaurants than 2005. There are countless new cultural attractions, $400 million of improvements at local hotels, $350 million of improvements at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and $92.7 million of improvements into the Morial Convention Center.

New Orleans remains a much sought-after destination for people and events alike. In the last ten years, the city has hosted the 2013 Super Bowl, 2014 NBA All Star Weekend, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and ESSENCE Festival, among others.

As the city approaches its 300th anniversary in 2018, New Orleans will continue to defend its status as one of the world’s most authentic and beloved cities.

Key Recovery Data


Jobs created by the tourism industry including chefs, street performers, musicians, artists, sales and marketing professionals, tour operators and more


Restaurants make New Orleans a culinary capital of the world

9.5 million

Visitors to New Orleans in 2014


Festivals attended by an estimated 4 million people in 2014, up 25% since 2010


Increase in restaurant jobs since 2006


Number of Super Bowls hosted. New Orleans ties Miami for most games hosted with Super Bowl XLVII in 2013


Number of annual visitors to the National World War II Museum—New Orleans’ largest ticketed tourist attraction

Louis Armstrong International Airport

Surpassed pre-Katrina number of non-stop flights

Employment In Cultural Industries

as percentage of all employment

Premier Travel Destination

New Orleans’ $6 billion tourism industry welcomes up to 9 million visitors annually.

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