When planners began moving convention business out of post-Katrina New Orleans, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau promised New Orleans that Chicago hotels would send them $10 per room per night booked by the relocating groups. On April 19, bureau reps brought nearly $900,000 of hotel room rebates back to the Big Easy.
Half the money will be used for the construction of homes for families of displaced hospitality workers by Habitat for Humanity; half the money will fund 48 four-year scholarships for students to attend the University of New Orleans’ Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.
Meanwhile, New Orleans convention business is booming. According to the convention and visitors bureau, March 2007 brought 83,000 convention visitors to the city, 10,000 more than in March 2005.
Source: Chicago Tribune