New Orleans tourism getting back to business

The Crescent City's tourism infrastructure is in good shape after the departure of Hurricane Gustav, according to the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"As our team walks around the French Quarter, convention center area, Warehouse and Arts District and the downtown, we see that the city looks amazing in the tourist corridor," said the CVB on Wednesday. "There is little to no disruption in meetings and conventions scheduled over the next two weeks or to special events."

The CVB said the city's biggest current challenge is restoring power, as outages still existed on Wednesday in parts of the city and in neighboring parishes. Louis Armstrong International Airport is open and expects to resume normal flight operations by Thursday. Many restaurants in the city are planning to reopen on Thursday, said the CVB, and most hotels will reopen by Monday.

"We anticipate that in just a matter of days, New Orleans will be back in business," said the CVB. "As more residents and employees from the various sectors of the hospitality industry are able to return, we expect the gradual reopening of hotels and restaurants. We strongly advise that anyone with plans to travel to New Orleans this weekend, whether for pleasure or business, consult with their respective hotels to check the status of each individual property."

The New Orleans Saints will play their first game of the National Football League season on Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Louisiana Superdome.

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