MILESTONE: LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES FRENCH QUARTER WELCOME CENTER RE-OPENS -- 11/04/2005
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2005
MILESTONE: LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES FRENCH QUARTER WELCOME CENTER RE-OPENS
Event showcases further signs of recovery
Baton Rouge, LA - The French Quarter Welcome Center re-opened today, signaling further steps toward recovery from the recent hurricanes.
The welcome center, which had more than 135,000 people sign its guest register in 2004, offers visitors travel literature, access to travel counselors and other comfort amenities sought by out-of-town guests.
"The Louisiana recovery effort is advancing at a very positive and promising pace," said Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. "The opening of the French Quarter Welcome Center is very important in this effort, as it is a valuable tool for our visitors as they begin visiting our great state again."
The Welcome Center, located at 529 St. Ann Street, is adjacent to Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. The center will operate on a restricted five-day weekly schedule, Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. It will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
"The welcome center itself was not damaged by the storm, but did lose electricity, water and gas service," said Angele Davis, secretary for the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, which oversees the state's welcome centers. "Services have been restored, employees are returning to their homes and visitors are coming into the city, so we determined it was the appropriate time to reopen."
The center's announcement comes on the heels of the reopening of the Cabildo, the flagship property of the Louisiana State Museum, also in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. The Cabildo is the historical location where the Louisiana Purchase document was signed more than 200 years ago.
"The Welcome Centers are often a first stopping point for our visitors, and it is very important that we reopen those that were affected by the storms as soon as possible," said Darienne Wilson, assistant secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism. "Now more than ever the French Quarter Welcome Center will be a vital location for our visitors, as they seek information about attractions. The center will also be able to provide information on other areas of the state that received little to no damage due to the storms, encouraging additional travels," she said.