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New Orleans Visitor FAQS

Where's the best shopping? What does New Orleans offer to LGBT travelers? Read more of our FAQS.

How can I experience New Orleans' cultural celebrations and festivals this season? 

When visiting New Orleans, you can find something magical and unforgettable every day. Whether it's an opportunity to sample our exceptional cuisine, to learn about our rich cultural heritage or a music festival you seek, New Orleans has something for everyone.

New Orleans ist bekannt für seinen Festival-Kalender, der mit Festen rund um Essen, Musik und die einzigartige Kultur der Stadt gefüllt ist. Von Mardi Gras über Weihnachten im New-Orleans-Stil bis hin zu Silvester bietet unser Kalenderjahr ein Fest für jeden Geschmack. Und in einer Stadt, die das Feiern liebt, verzeichnen viele unserer Feste und kulturellen Feiern rekordverdächtige Besucherzahlen. Im Jahr 2014 zählte das French Quarter Festival an vier Tagen mehr als 732.000 Besucher, und das New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival verzeichnete mit mehr als 430.000 Besuchern die höchste Besucherzahl seit 2003. Von Cajun und Zydeco über Austern und Poboys bis hin zur Karnevalszeit - wir laden Sie ein, unsere einzigartige Festivalsaison zu erleben.

Klicken Sie auf hier, um die Vielfalt der Festivals und weitere Beispiele für den Spaß zu entdecken, den man in New Orleans das ganze Jahr über haben kann.

I have not visited New Orleans in a few years. What can I expect? 

During your trip to New Orleans you'll have the opportunity to indulge in world-famous cuisine, savor specialty cocktails and dance the night away to some of the best live music in the world. Our laid back, friendly culture inspires guests to relax, kick up their heels and live it up.

The city is experiencing millions of dollars in hotel renovations and upgrades, there are more than 1,400 restaurants to choose from with new eateries popping up all the time and a variety of attractions to enjoy as well. The city balances a love for tradition with the energy of innovation, resulting in an eclectic vibe found no where else.

So prepare to let the stress of your 9-to-5 melt away. There are meals to be eaten, toasts to be made and new friends just around the corner.

How many visitors have been to New Orleans recently? 

New Orleans hatte 2018 18,51 Millionen Besucher zu verzeichnen. Diese Besucher gaben insgesamt 9,1 Milliarden Dollar aus - die höchsten Besucherausgaben in der Geschichte der Stadt!

What are my hotel choices? 

Im Stadtzentrum gibt es 142 Hotels mit mehr als 26.000 Zimmern, und ab dem 10. Januar 2020 werden es im gesamten Stadtgebiet 307 Hotels mit mehr als 41.000 Zimmern sein, darunter kleine Boutiquen im French Quarter, charmante Bed-and-Breakfast-Häuser, große Hoteltürme in der Innenstadt und vieles mehr.

What are my restaurant choices? 

Von der gehobenen Küche bis hin zu 7-Dollar-Po-Boys - unser Essen ist einzigartig und erschwinglich. Besuchen Sie einige unserer Restaurants, in denen oft weltbekannte Köche am Herd stehen. Unsere Stadt ist die Heimat international anerkannter kulinarischer Helden, die von Einheimischen und Besuchern gleichermaßen dazu ermutigt werden, in der Küche zu experimentieren und einige der einzigartigsten und kreativsten Gerichte der Welt zu servieren, die immer perfekt gewürzt sind.

What are my options for shopping?

 Die Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in New Orleans - vom French Quarter über Uptown bis zur Magazine Street - bieten eine Vielzahl von Einkaufsmöglichkeiten. Dazu gehören The Shops at Canal Place, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Jackson Brewery, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk sowie Hunderte von Boutiquen, Kunstgalerien und Antiquitätenläden entlang der Magazine & Royal Streets und an anderen Stellen in der Stadt. Das steuerfreie Einkaufen bietet internationalen Besuchern noch mehr Gründe, New Orleans zu erleben. Weitere Informationen zum steuerfreien Einkaufen in Louisiana finden Sie unter www.louisianataxfree.com.

What type of events does New Orleans offer sports enthusiasts? 

New Orleans' line-up of sporting events and sports venues are sure to live up to every fan's expectations. The city is home to several sports teams showcasing premier events in football, basketball, soccer and rugby including the Saints, Pelicans, Jesters and the NOLA Gold Rugby Team. The state of Louisiana, known as the "Sportsman's Paradise," is also renowned for its fishing and hunting hot spots.

Der Mercedes-Benz Superdome hat eine 85 Millionen Dollar teure Renovierung abgeschlossen, die Teil einer 336 Millionen Dollar teuren Gesamtrenovierung war, die 2006 begann. Zu den wichtigsten Verbesserungen gehören die Erweiterung der Plaza-Ebene um 50 Fuß, 135 zusätzliche neue Damentoiletten, zusätzliche Verkaufsstellen auf der Plaza-Ebene, 3.100 zusätzliche Sitze auf der Plaza-Ebene, 186 digitale Monitore in der Halle und zwei neue Premium Bunker Club Lounges. Am 4. Oktober 2011 gab Gouverneur Bobby Jindal zusammen mit Saints-Eigentümer Tom Benson und wichtigen Vertretern von Mercedes-Benz USA eine 10-Jahres-Vereinbarung zwischen den NFL Saints und Mercedes-Benz USA bekannt, die den Louisiana Superdome in "Mercedes-Benz Superdome umbenennt." 

FESTIVAL PLAZA - CHAMPIONS SQUARE
In one of the most innovative downtown developments in recent years, the pedestrian mall adjacent to the Superdome has been redeveloped into a 53,000 sq. foot sports and entertainment plaza with digital capabilities, food & beverage service and performance space. It is a popular gathering place for fans to congregate and get pumped up for the many events at the Dome and Smoothie King Center. This revitalization of a high profile area on the Poydras Street corridor creates one of the most "happening" places in a city that loves to have a good time. Club XLIV located just off the Square is an exclusive, posh venue to prepare for the game and is available for rental for private events.

NEW PRIVATE BOX SUITES
The total number of luxury suites in the Superdome is 153.

NEW SIDELINE SEATING
The sideline seating on the Plaza Level will be completely revamped, moving patrons closer to the action, with improved sightlines. The new seating units will add approximately 3,100 prime seats up close to the team benches.

REDESIGNED PLAZA LEVEL CONCOURSE
The Dome's Plaza Level concourse has been expanded and includes additional food service areas, specialty stands and restrooms. The new concourse also has all-new flooring, lighting, murals, color scheme and signage.

NEW PREMIUM GROUND LEVEL CLUB LOUNGES
Located below the reconfigured Plaza Level stands, the new premium clubs feature private entry directly from the parking garage, an upscale environment for private events, and high-end amenities including a fixed bar, lounge & table seating, television monitors and restrooms.

NEW LOOK OUTSIDE
Die aufregenden Veränderungen beschränken sich nicht nur auf das Innere des Superdome. Louisianas berühmtestes Wahrzeichen erhielt vor kurzem auch von außen einen neuen, glänzenden Look. Die gesamten 400.000 Quadratmeter eloxierten Aluminiums an den Außenwänden wurden ersetzt und verleihen dem fotogenen Gebäude aus jedem Blickwinkel ein kühnes, glänzendes Aussehen. Ein neues dynamisches LED-Beleuchtungssystem ersetzte die früheren "Wash Lights" und beleuchtet das Äußere des Superdomes. Dieses energieeffiziente System ermöglicht unbegrenzte Farb- und Beleuchtungsmuster, die speziell für jede Veranstaltung angepasst werden können.

What are my options for LGBTQ travelers? 

New Orleans is well-known for its vibrant LGBTQ scene. There are over two dozen TAG approved hotels throughout the city several stellar LGBTQ clubs or bars. Visitors can enjoy amazing shopping in the French Quarter, on Magazine Street or at The Shops at Canal Place, or enjoy the New Orleans weather at one of the many LGBTQ friendly pools. Plan your trip around one of the city’s gay celebrations such as the Gay Easter Parade, Saints and Sinners Literary Festival or Southern Decadence Festival, known as the “Gay Mardi Gras” which takes place every Labor Day Weekend and draws over 100,000 visitors to the city each year. For more information on the New Orleans LGBTQ scene, check out our Everyone's Welcome Here page.

What are my options for attractions and museums? 

New Orleans is home to attractions and museums that speak to the city's unique culture as well as general attractions sure to please any visitor. Examples include: plantation homes, riverboat cruises, tours, Café Du Monde, African American Museum, Louisiana State Museums, The New Orleans Historic Collection, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Audubon Zoo, Harrah's Casino and its entertainment-filled Fulton Street Promenade, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bestoff Sculpture Garden, City Park, the Botanical Gardens, Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, Contemporary Arts Center, Louisiana Children's Museum in City Park, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Ballet, Audubon Insectarium, The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Museum of the American Cocktail, The Sazerac House, The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and the National WWII Museum. For a full list of attractions in New Orleans, check out our Attractions Section.

What's the best way to get to New Orleans? 

Es gibt eine Vielzahl von Flügen nach New Orleans! Zu den Fluggesellschaften, die vom Louis Armstrong International Airport abfliegen, gehören: Air Canada, AirTransat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Copa, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, PeoplExpress, Southwest, Spirit, United, U.S. Airways und VacationExpress.

The brand new MSY opened in Fall 2019 with a number of enhancements and features geared towards making travel quicker, safer and more enjoyable from arrival to departure. The $1 billion project includes in-line baggage screening, a consolidated security checkpoint to three concourses and 35 gates, a 2,200-car parking garage and more concessions options located down the center of aisle. Also, enjoy live entertainment while you wait for your flight.

The new facility is expected to increase the airport’s economic impact by approximately 20% in the next five years and will support 64,000 jobs and $6.4 billion in local spending.

16 airlines offer flights to 55 non-stop destinations in the United States and seven International destinations (seasonally), including Canada, Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, The United Kingdom and Germany.

What are my options for ride-sharing, taxis, buses, airport shuttles and streetcars? 

There are more than 1,200 taxis available on New Orleans' streets and at major hotels. Taxi rates are $3.50 plus $.30 per one-eighth mile thereafter. There is also an additional charge of $1.00 per passenger after the first passenger.

During peak visitor times (including Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest) taxi rates are $7 per person or the meter rate, whichever is greater. A fixed rate of $36 (one to two people) is charged from the airport to most areas of New Orleans. For parties of more than two, the fare is $15 per person.

RTA services are $1.25, including bus transportation and the streetcar. Thirty-three bus and streetcar lines are running daily. Bus service allows transportation throughout the city's major corridor, extending from the Faubourg Marigny to Riverbend.

Airport Shuttle, Inc. is the official ground transportation for Louis Armstrong International Airport, with service to and from New Orleans' hotels and other designated locations. Fare is $24 per person one way and a discounted $44 per person round trip is now available.

Ride-shares Uber and Lyft both operate in New Orleans. There are also designated pickup spots at the airport. Find out more about Ride-Shares in New Orleans here.

Does Amtrak service New Orleans? 

Yes, the City of New Orleans train is running to Memphis and Chicago, while the Crescent runs to Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York. The Sunset Limited runs to Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson and Los Angeles.

What are my options for cruises? 

Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney, and American Cruise Lines are currently sailing from New Orleans.

New Orleans is the perfect destination from which to set sail. We offer valuable pre and post cruise deals. And as a compact, walkable city filled with countless festivals and cultural attractions - many of them free - New Orleans makes for an affordable and unforgettable part of your vacation. Learn more about cruising from New Orleans here.

What's new at the Convention Center? 

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), with 1.1 million-square-feet of contiguous meeting space, more than 140 different meetings spaces, two exquisite ballrooms and customizable auditorium space, is the sixth largest and one of the most technologically advanced convention facilities in the country. With the recent $52 million renovation, the facility added a 60,000-square-foot column-free ballroom dubbed “The Great Hall” in reference to the Convention Center’s first use as the Great Hall of the 1984 World’s Fair. The Great Hall has four divisible sections and 25,000 square-feet of pre-function space. Architectural redesigns include a large outdoor pedestrian plaza, interior and exterior balconies, and utilizes energy-efficient LED lighting that can be customized to nearly any desired color combination. The grand entrance on Julia Street overlooks a high-definition, customizable video display board welcoming each guest.

MCCNO startet nun ein ehrgeiziges neues Projekt, das das Flussufer der Stadt wiederbeleben soll. Der Plan wird das Gebiet beleben und zum weiteren Wachstum der Stadt beitragen. Das Projekt, das sich auf 47 Hektar flussaufwärts vom Center befindet, sieht neue Einzelhandels-, Wohn- und Unterhaltungskomponenten vor, die im Wesentlichen das neueste Viertel in dieser kultigen, 300 Jahre alten Stadt bilden. Erfahren Sie mehr und erkunden Sie die Anlage unter und klicken Sie hier.

Was tun die New Orleans & Company und die Stadt New Orleans, um umweltfreundlich zu sein? 

Nennen Sie es grün, nennen Sie es Nachhaltigkeit, aber umweltbewusstes Handeln ist kein Trend. Es ist eine wichtige Geschäftspraxis, die bleiben wird. Deshalb ist New Orleans eines von vielen Reisezielen, die daran arbeiten, umweltfreundlicher zu werden.

New Orleans freut sich, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass wir jetzt Tretautos als alternative Transportmöglichkeit anbieten! Unternehmen wie Need a Ride bieten Transportmöglichkeiten in Vierteln wie dem French Quarter, Marigny, Downtown und Warehouse District.

Second Line Stages, die ersten umweltfreundlichen unabhängigen Bühnen in den Vereinigten Staaten, haben ihre Türen im Lower Garden District von New Orleans geöffnet. Im Rahmen des 32-Millionen-Dollar-Projekts wurden die Bühnen des Studios nach den genauen Standards der Filmindustrie gebaut und entsprechen der LEED-Silber-Zertifizierung des U.S. Green Building Council.

Sogar der Mardi Gras ist grün geworden. Kern Studios, der größte Hersteller von Karnevalswagen, hat damit begonnen, die Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt zu verringern, indem er Biodiesel für die Traktoren verwendet, die die Wagen entlang der Umzugsrouten ziehen, und außerdem mehrere seiner Wagen für mehrere Karnevalsumzüge wiederverwendet. Die Krewe of Rex verwendet biologisch abbaubare Schnüre für ihre speziellen Karnevalsperlen, um zu verhindern, dass die Perlen für längere Zeit in den Bäumen hängen.

New Orleans setzt auf umweltfreundliche Praktiken und integriert diese in seine berühmten Festivals. Am 5. September 2009 traten beim Project 30-90, dem ersten rein grünen Musikfestival der Stadt, mehrere lokale Musiker auf, um die Initiative zu unterstützen.

Darüber hinaus hat Hotard, einer der führenden Anbieter von Reisebussen in der Region, seinen Fuhrpark auf umweltfreundlichere Fahrzeuge umgestellt. Das Unternehmen hat mit der Einführung neuer Reisebusmodelle begonnen, die den Feinstaub, den schwarzen Rauch, um 90 Prozent reduzieren. Das Unternehmen prüft weitere Möglichkeiten zur Umstellung auf umweltfreundlichere Fahrzeuge, darunter die Verwendung von Biodiesel.

Airport Shuttle New Orleans, der offizielle Anbieter von Flughafentransporten für den Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, setzt auf Umweltfreundlichkeit mit neuen, sauber verbrennenden Propan-Hybridfahrzeugen. Dank einer neuen Technologie, die die Umrüstung bestehender Motoren auf einen Propan-Hybrid ermöglicht, wird nun in allen Fahrzeugen von Airport Shuttle Propan verwendet.

Als Teil ihres Engagements im Dienste der Öffentlichkeit kauft die regionale Verkehrsbehörde umweltfreundliche Ausrüstung und ergreift Initiativen und Programme, die dazu beitragen, die Umweltauswirkungen auf unsere Stadt, unsere Region und unseren Planeten zu reduzieren. 

Is New Orleans a safe place for visitors? 

Yes. No other city in the world manages special events, crowd control and visitor safety as well as New Orleans.

New Orleans welcomes more than nine million visitors per year and celebrates like nowhere else with world class gatherings such as Mardi Gras and dozens of annual festivals and prestigious sporting events. The world's most prominent corporations and associations select New Orleans for conferences and business events ranging from a 10-person corporate board meeting to large association city-wide conventions with tens of thousands of attendees from around the world. 

Visitor Safety

As with any destination, we recommend that vacationers and convention attendees practice common sense and do not wander into deserted, non-tourist areas of the city. 

New Orleans & Company (formerly the NOCVB) and its tourism partners maintain great relationships with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). The NOPD's senior leadership team is happy to meet with New Orleans & Company customers about their specific groups. In addition, New Orleans & Company informs the top leadership of the NOPD of the complete convention and visitor schedule so they may provide customized coverage in areas where specific events are occurring. 

The NOPD has implemented a new "Special Events Deployment Plan."  This plan essentially blankets the hospitality area (the French Quarter, Canal Street, the Marigny and Treme neighborhoods) with nearly twice the number of NOPD officers, dressed in new fluorescent vests, during major event weekends.  

Visitors to New Orleans can expect:

  • Police patrol on foot as well as Vespa scooters, golf carts, motorcycles and Segways throughout the French Quarter with special attention to Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Chartres Street, Jackson Square and parks. 

  • Police patrol of Convention Center Boulevard via patrol cars, Vespa scooters, Polaris carts and Segways.  

  • Mounted officers on horseback every night.  

  • Portable light boxes on major cross streets such as Canal, Iberville, St. Louis and St. Peter.  

  • Sky Watch towers to increase visibility, observation and police presence during special events.  

  • The permanent staffing of tourist areas is also routinely augmented by the assignment of Reserve NOPD Officers who are assigned on night shifts and weekends.  

New Orleans' popular tourist areas are among the most safe and walkable places for visitors of any city in America. 

Crime exists in all major cities. In New Orleans, the vast majority of violent crime is targeted criminal-on-criminal drug and retaliation acts which occur in inner-city neighborhoods. As with any destination, we recommend that vacationers and convention attendees practice common sense and do not wander into deserted, non-tourist areas of the city. 

How is New Orleans & Company prepared for hurricane season? 

The New Orleans & Company Tourism Crisis Management Plan, along with diligent and thorough preparation with an emphasis on safety, will assist visitors in responding appropriately to emergencies. 
The City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana have implemented a unified emergency communications plan to ensure the timely flow of information across the region in emergency situations. A comprehensive and effective city-wide emergency communications plan for the Greater New Orleans tourism industry has been developed for visitors.

Today, New Orleans is proud to not only be the nation's leader in fun, food, music and major cultural and sporting events, but now to be the most sophisticated destination in the world in all levels of emergency planning, execution and visitor management.

Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was authorized and funded to design and construct the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System for southeast Louisiana.

The Corps has strengthened and improved virtually all of the levees, floodwalls, pump stations and surge barriers that form the 133-mile Greater New Orleans perimeter system. The system that is in place now is stronger and more resilient than it has ever been in the area's history and is capable of defending against a 100-year level storm.

For more detailed information on the Greater New Orleans Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, please visit: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/HSDRRS/RiskReductionPlan.aspx

Or watch a computer-generated video with an aerial "flyover" view of the entire system and improvement efforts: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Media/Videos.aspx

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier:

  • Largest surge barrier wall in the world
  • The Corps' largest-ever Design-Build construction contract
  • Includes a concrete pile-supported wall across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, more than one and a half miles long, and three navigable gated structures
  • Provides flood risk reduction to the Ninth Ward, Gentilly, New Orleans East, Orleans Metro, and St. Bernard Parish.

Gulf Intracoastal Waterway-West Closure Complex (GIWW-WCC):

  • Largest sector gate in nation and largest drainage pump station in world for removal of rainwater when structure is closed during storm events
  • Reduces risk for west bank portions of Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes by removing over 25 miles of levees, floodwalls, gates and pumping stations along Harvey and Algiers Canals from exposure to storm surge

What are my options should I need medical care while visiting? 

Hospitals and urgent care facilities include:

What is the population of New Orleans?

Nach Schätzungen des Census Bureau aus dem Jahr 2010 leben in New Orleans etwa 343.829 Menschen. In Jefferson Parish, das an New Orleans angrenzt und Teil des Stadtgebiets ist, leben nach den Daten der Volkszählung 2010 432.552 Einwohner. Das Gastgewerbe von New Orleans ist mit 80.000 Beschäftigten der größte Arbeitgeber der Stadt.