Tourism leaders prepare for significant boost from All-Star Game, Carnival parades

THAT SAME NIGHT TWO MARDI GRAS , PARADES WILL BE ROLLING ALONG THE TRADITIONAL UPTWON ROUTE.

IN ADDITION THERE ARE ALSO 10 , DIFFEENT CONVENTIONS IN TOWN THIS WEEK AND MORE THAN 10,000 PASSENGERS WILL BE LEAVING ABOARD CRUISE SHIPS DOCKING IN THE CITY THIS WEEKEND.

TOURISM OFFICIALS SAY HOTELS ARE ALREADY 99% SOLD OUT ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

AS FOR NBA ALL STAR, THIS WILL BE THE RECORD THIRD TIME IN 10 YEARS THAT NEW ORLEANS HAS HOSTED THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME.

IT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE IN CHARLOTTE, BUT IT WAS MOVED HERE IN AUGUST AFTER NORTH CAROLINA PASSED LEGISLATION LIMITING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR LESBIAN, GAY, AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE.

THAT MEANT THE CITY HAD 5-MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THIS BIG WEEKEND.

>> THEY HAVE HISTORY HERE, THEY KNOW OUR SECURITY KNOWS HOW TO DO THIS.

PEOPLE ARE VERY WELCOMING HERE.

WE'RE ONE OF THE MOST WELCOMING CITIES IN THE WORLD.

AND I THINK THAT WAS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS TO COME TO NEW ORLEANS, BECAUSE WE CAN DO THIS AND DO IT WELL AND.

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