Newspapers and TV spent much of last week
trumpeting the spirit and resolve of New Orleanians as they rebuild
their broken city, but a survey conducted late last month indicates
ambiguity among travelers about the Big Easy one year after
According to an
online survey of 2,000 U.S. travelers by TripAdvisor.com, a
majority believe it's worth visiting New Orleans to help the city's
recovery, but only 10% said they planned to visit in the next
Also, about 47%
said they were less likely to visit New Orleans than they were
before Katrina hit. Just under 6% of the survey respondents had
visited New Orleans in the past year.
The survey also
showed that 62% think it is worth visiting New Orleans to help with
the city's economic recovery. When asked if New Orleans is
"irreparably damaged and will never be the same," 38% agreed, 27%
had no opinion and 35% disagreed.
also were asked about travel to tropical destinations during the
When asked "what
would most inspire you" to plan a Caribbean trip during the
hurricane season, one-third said "nothing could persuade me," but
57% said they would go if there were "incredible savings" on
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