Poll: New Orleans worth a visit: 62%; intend to visit: 10%

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 Hurricane Katrina.

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 year.

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.

Survey participants also were asked about travel to tropical destinations during the hurricane season.

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 transportation.

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