New Orleans Named Second Best City In America By Travel + Leisure Readers

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans continues to charm visitors and garner international acclaim, most recently by being named today as the #2 city in the U.S. and Canada, according to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015 readers’ survey.

         New Orleans ranked second to Charleston but above Savannah, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

         In its 20th year, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards is an annual readers’ survey that rates destinations, hotels, airports, cruise lines and more. For the second consecutive year, New Orleans was chosen as the number two destination in America.

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         In an interview about the awards, Travel + Leisure Senior Travel Editor Jacqueline Gifford attributes New Orleans’ placement on the list to recent developments in the city, including the up-and-coming Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods as well as new restaurants, hotels and shops.

         "After a decade of unparalleled development, New Orleans is well into its renaissance,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The historic and new restaurants, classic cocktails, jazz in the streets and French and Spanish architecture that we all love are still the soul of the city, but New Orleans is also blossoming with boutique hotels, world-class craft cocktail bars, new cuisine from new James Beard award-winning chefs and so much more. Being recognized for the second consecutive year by the readers of such a renowned and respected travel publication only reaffirms our passion for the travel experience and the hospitality that we relish sharing with everyone who chooses New Orleans.”

         “From diverse neighborhoods to easy walkability, New Orleans offers visitors a truly authentic experience and the opportunity to discover the city as locals do,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “Our Follow Your NOLA campaign encourages all visitors to explore New Orleans own their own terms and take advantage the city’s unique cultural assets,”

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         The designation as a “World’s Best City” is New Orleans’ most recent accomplishment in a string of accolades including one of The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2015,” the number one “U.S. City for Business Travelers” by Condé Nast Traveler, one of the “Friendliest Cities in America” by Travel + Leisure and more.

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