New Orleans aims to forget setbacks during Mardi Gras

9 Mar

It is tough to dampen the spirits of America’s party city New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Hotels were booked, and the French Quarter was hopping. It’s been a little less than a year since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The tragedy occurred in April 2010 which was after Mardi Gras, but the spill affected the tourist attractions that were just beginning to get back to normal again after Hurricane Katrina that happened in August 2005.

After the oil spill, BP (the company that caused the oil spill) gave Louisiana $30 million to lend a hand in helping tourism and an additional $30 million to spread the word about Louisiana’s seafood. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau started a $5 million advertising and public relations campaign last June to ideally get visitors back again. All of their hard word is paying off since Mardi Gras was lively and packed. Also, Mardi Gras was later than usual, and matched up with many college spring breaks which also helped.

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