Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Weddings in New Orleans: More than Ever Before!

Just back from my very first visit to New Orleans! Hard to believe that I have never been there but we went up to visit my brother [see earlier post], sister-in-law and niece & nephew to kick off our sumer vacation. WOW. Loved it! So interesting and unique in every way. Nowhere in the world like it and I cannot wait to return again and spend some more time discovering the city.

I was surprised to learn post-Katrina that NOLA is the number #3 domestic wedding destination [behind Las Vegas and Hawaii]. Weddings are up there, way up. We see this again and again...weddings are the one industry that are truly recession and disaster-proof. This was true post-911, we saw it in Grand Cayman post-hurricane Ivan and now in New Orleans. From an article posted today in New Orleans City Business:

"New Orleans remains a wedding destination hot spot even post-Katrina. Mary Beth Romig, director of communications and public relations for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, said destination weddings have always been big in New Orleans but are even more important now. Wedding numbers held steady while general leisure travel, family reunions and international group business dropped post-Katrina. In the first six months of 2005, the NOMCVB worked on 38 wedding possibilities. For the same period this year, 61 leads arose. Read the entire article here.

There are so many great things about the wedding industry...it is pretty much the perfect market to be in: recession and disaster-proof, constantly re-generating, a milestone event, incredible word of mouth exposure, creates lifelong brand ambassadors and so much more!

[top wedding photo by Michael Caswell]

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