NEW ORLEANS --
Riverwalk Marketplace, reopened for business as the city took
another step toward restoring a tourism infrastructure, which
remains largely ravaged three months after the massive flooding
caused by Hurricane Katrina.
one of the Big Easys top attractions, is home to variety of shops
and eateries on the downtown New Orleans riverfront.
The reopening of
Riverwalk is an important step in the journey New Orleans faces to
rebuild the vital tourism industry, said John Bucksbaum, CEO of
General Growth Properties, in a statement. General Growth
Properties owns and manages Riverwalk.
For 20 years, Riverwalk
has been an essential part of the visitor experience, Bucksbaum
added. As New Orleans begins to rebuild, Riverwalk is ready and
proud to be a part of welcoming visitors and local customers back
Riverwalk, which will
feature live entertainment every weekend by the Riverwalk Jazz
Band, will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Riverwalk joins other
attractions such as the Riverboat Cajun Queen, to have resumed
operations over the past several weeks. Additionally, Amtrak
resumed its Crescent and City of New Orleans train service to the
city. And popular restaurant Cafe du Monde reopened for business
just 18 days after the hurricane hit.
But the city still has
a long way to go before it is fully recovered.
For instance, in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina, about 70% of the citys 35,574 hotel
rooms were closed, according to Lodging Econometrics, a firm that
tracks hotel real estate.
New Orleans reports
that currently only about 17,000 hotel rooms are open, but it
expects to add another 9,000 early next year.
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