Tourists flock to New Orleans for the 4th of July weekend

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – People are on the move this July 4th weekend – filling airports across the country and right here in New Orleans. The summer heat and the rain do not prevent tourists from visiting the city.

“We’re going to eat, drink and shop,” said Missy Reeder, who is from Tennessee. “We were gone and why not? It was just a whim. “

Visitors from near and far choose to spend the 4th of July weekend in New Orleans, and that turns out to be a good thing for business, in what would otherwise be a sluggish time of year.

“July is going really well. I think we’ll probably get to 70% occupancy in a month like July, ”said Mark Wilson, general manager of the Bourbon Orleans hotel in the French Quarter.

Wilson said the hotel was not full for the holiday weekend, but said he noticed an increase in leisure travel to the city.

“There are just a lot of pent-up demands to travel, a lot of it from the regional car market that comes in for the weekend,” he said.

Similar story to the popular Bourbon Street bar, Pat O’Brien’s. Owner Shelly Waguespack said she didn’t expect big crowds this weekend, but the bar is ready for anything.

“Usually it’s one of our slowest weekends, but we really hope the locals want to go out into the neighborhood and just hang out and go to the bars and restaurants. And take a walk, ”Waguespack said.

According to New Orleans & Company, hotels register occupancy rates of around 80%, even during the lulls of summer.

“It’s great for the attractions and it’s also helpful in bringing that vitality and vibrancy back to the city,” said Mark Romig of New Orleans & Co. “We are very surprised and very happy to see the level of occupation we see this weekend.

While hotel occupancy rates may be on the rise, a spokesperson for Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY) said from the weekend of July 4, 2019, airline seats to New Orleans fell almost 23%. However, the airport expects Friday July 2 to be the busiest day of the public holiday weekend.

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