MILESTONE: LG LANDRIEU WELCOMES TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION MEETING TO NEW ORLEANS IN NOVEMBER -- 11/04/2005
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2005
MILESTONE: LG LANDRIEU WELCOMES TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION MEETING TO NEW ORLEANS IN NOVEMBER
'Show Of Support' from Prestigious National Organization a Boost to the Tourism Industry
New Orleans, La - The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) will hold its board of directors meeting in New Orleans at the end of this month as previously planned, it was announced today by Roger J. Dow, TIA's President and Chief Executive Officer. The meeting will be held November 29 and 30, 2005 at the Marriott and Sheraton hotels, with more than 50 senior officials representing leading travel companies, tourism offices and destinations from throughout the U.S. attending.
"We are committed to showing support to New Orleans and the entire Gulf region as it continues its recovery from the hurricanes," Dow said. "With travel and tourism playing such a significant role in the New Orleans economy, TIA has never wavered in our hope that we could hold our board meeting as planned. Lt. Governor Landrieu and Steve Perry (President, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau) have assured me that our show of support at this time is a welcome sign for others to see New Orleans is open for business, including travel and tourism."
"This is significant because high profile national tourism leaders are giving the tourism industry of New Orleans a vote of confidence," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu. "This is another positive development in the effort to rebuild the tourism - the state's second largest industry. We must stand up tourism, hospitality and culture because they are essential components of our economy - making a $10.4 billion economic impact and employing 13% of the state's workforce."
Barbara Richardson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Amtrak and TIA's National Chair, said: "The city's ability to host our meeting is a tremendous positive statement with regard to what has been accomplished in a very short time. Our entire board is looking forward to getting a first-hand view of the progress that is being made to rejuvenate one of America's great destinations."
"New Orleans just received the equivalent of the tourism industry's Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval," said Perry. "This is a significant national signal that some of the most respected and prestigious tourism industry leaders have selected New Orleans as their location for this important event. This visit demonstrates the commitment of the Travel Industry Association to helping our city continue to rebuild better than ever.
We are delighted to host the TIA board and showcase firsthand the improvements and renovations underway throughout the city and within the industry that drives New Orleans and Louisiana's economy--tourism."
Landrieu added, "We have made significant progress because the tourism industry is speaking with a clear unified voice, and our work is guided by a strategic plan - Louisiana Rebirth."
TIA's research shows that travel-related business in the Katrina-affected parishes and counties of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama accounts for $50 million per day to the local and state economies.
In the days after Katrina hit, TIA, in cooperation with other travel industry-related organizations and its web partner USDM.net, launched a free job bank at KatrinaJobs.org to help displaced workers find new employment. In just one month, more than 800 employers have posted more than 5,000 job openings on the site. In addition, TIA and the Travel Business Roundtable, its strategic partner for government-related activity, developed a comprehensive but targeted legislative package aimed at helping workers and employers in the Katrina-affected region. Action by Congress on the legislation is anticipated in the coming weeks. TIA is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $600 billion travel industry. TIA's mission is to represent the whole of the U.S. travel industry to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.