NEW YORK --
New York Citys top tourism officials will lead
a mission to help rebuild travel to New Orleans and to show support
for a city that they say had been supportive of the Big Apple in
its time of need after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
The city hopes, by
its example, to encourage countless others to follow.
Jonathan Tisch, NYC
& Co. chairman, said, It is very evident it is travel and
tourism that will lead to the rebirth of New Orleans, [and] we know
how important it is for people to show they care...
contributed to record domestic volume [for New York] within a year
after 9/11, he said. It helped us
emotionally as well as economically, and thats why it is important
for New York to be first with such a trip to the Big
He said the NYC
& Co. trip -- expected to attract hundreds over the weekend of
Feb. 10 to 12 -- is the first major patriotic tourism effort to New
Orleans. All New Yorkers are invited to join us... to show they
care, to spend their money and to help rebuild and renew the great
city of New Orleans.
president and CEO of NYC & Co., saying that New York and New
Orleans are like sister cities, said New York had received more
than 50 patriotic tourism groups after 9/11. Besides the
well-published 1,000 visitors from Oregon for Columbus Day and
another 5,000 from Canada a week later, some of those tourists had
come from New Orleans; the Louisiana city also was among those to
give the city a fire truck, she added.
In order to
participate in the NYC & Co. trip, prospective participants
have to register at the NYC & Co. Web site (www.nycvisit.com/nyclovesnola) in order to have access
to all planned events and special discounts from participating
attractions, activities, stores and restaurants. (See box below
for more details). Agents can use the site as well for their
clients. Wed love for travel agents to get involved with this,
Nicholas told TravelWeekly.com.
Several dozen NYC
& Co. board members will be in the delegation, including Tim
Zagat, founder and CEO of the Zagat Survey, who will personally
lead a dine-around evening in a city noted for fine
City officials also
will participate, including Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott and Adrian
Benepe, commissioner of the Dept. of Parks and Recreation. Aside
from opening the door to unique sightseeing tours, food and
entertainment, planners are focusing on the parks.
Tisch said parks are
important to a city and recalled that, when New Yorks life seemed
to stop after 9/11, people went to the parks, but people in New
Orleans are cut off from theirs.
spend part of their New Orleans visit as volunteers cleaning and
greening the citys City Park, which is 50% larger than New Yorks
Central Park, Tisch said. Noting the Central Park Conservancy has
and will continue to raise funds for New Orleans parks, he said
planners also hope to leave behind a New York park bench and live
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