Commerce Department: NOLA #1 In U.S. For International Tourism Growth

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans' international travel grew 37% in 2015, according to figures released Thursday July 28, 2016, by the National Travel and Tourism Office, which is part of the United States Department of Commerce. 

         This represents the biggest one-year increase of any major U.S. City.

         Behind New Orleans, Seattle and Dallas saw the next biggest increase in international travelers, the report said. 

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         According to The Advocate’s Richard Thompson, New Orleans attracts about 675,000 international travelers annually.

         Thompson reports a UNO study found visitors to New Orleans spent more than $7 billion last year, beating the previous year's record, and that in May, more than 1 million visitors traveled through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the largest single-month tally in the facility's 70-year history.

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