Thinking of bringing a meeting to New Orleans? The numbers might help convince you it's time: Almost $93 million in improvements to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and $250 million to the Louisiana Superdome. More than 300 new restaurants and $400 million in hotel improvements in the past five years. The top city in the country for RevPAR growth from January to May 2010. Seven and a half million tourists last year—the highest since the hurricane—and a total of 70,000 tourism jobs, ...

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