New Orleans set to host 2016 IPW

On Wednesday, the United States Travel Association stated that New Orleans would be the place for 2016 IPW – the 1st time the popular travel industry event has come back to Crescent City since the year 2002. In the past, this place has hosted the annual 5 day event, earlier known as the International Pow Wow, in the year 1993 and in 1979.

IPW is the biggest travel trade event in Northern America — a 1 stop scope for United States attractions, businesses and destinations to present themselves to thousands of powerful travel pros from the international markets.

The concern transacted at the IPW has been computed by independent firm named Rockport Analytics to add almost 1 million extra international travelers as well as US$ 1.7 billion in international tourism spending to recent host cities, and 8.8 million extra international visitors as well as $28 billion in international tourism expenditure to the United States economy overall.

Roger Dow, the United States Travel Association chief executive officer and President, told that one of the major objectives of IPW is to spotlight the economic profits of travel and tourism, as well as few cities anywhere in the world understand that equation and New Orleans. New Orleans epitomizes the idea of rolling out the welcome mat for your guests. They are thrilled that IPW’s exhibitors as well as attendees would be able to experience this utterly unique American destination for the first time in over a decade.

New York State Assembly expected to knock out bill to legalize mixed martial arts

On Tuesday, the state Senate passed a bill to make this controversial but popular sport legal for the 5th consecutive year. But this effort may be left apart in the Democrat dominated Assembly that has always refused to allow a vote to come to the floor.

The battle to legalize MMA in New York is set to confront yet another facing another split decision in 2014. On Tuesday, the state Senate cleared a bill to make this sport legalize. Some rumors suggest that people, who are close to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, told that the decision is not expected to change. In the United States, New York is the only state that still bars the sport.

Now, the Ultimate Fighting Championship league members were once again making their case in Albany. The league’s chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein told that let the democratic process work, allow it to go to the Assembly floor and let there be an up or down vote.

Epstein stated that the Assembly bill is channeled by Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and has sixty sponsors. It requires 76 votes are required for passage. He told that they are confident if it made it to the floor, it would easily pass.

This sport’s critics barred the sport in New York in 90s, calling it misogynistic and barbaric. A leading opponent of legalizing the sport Assemblywoman Deborah Glick told that the sole goal of the activity is to inflict as much physical damage and pain as possible/

New Orleans' tourism standpoint soars

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation’s chief executive officer and President Mark Romig stated that the recent news of air traffic at Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a real promising report.

The passengers’ number journeying through the airport has gone up last year for 4th year in a row, with over 9.2 million people using this airport. That is now up by over 600000 passengers, which is a 7.1% compared to 2012.

According to reports, Mark Romig told that it speaks well for New Orleans, which is continuing to be looked at as a solid destination, for not just the leisure traveler, but also the group and convention travelers.

New Orleans air traffic increase trended above national figures. In fact, it had beaten top national markets like Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta. Among the top ten largest airports in the United States, six experienced drops in passengers’ number that they normally serve. Therefore, it is a good precursor to how the city is going to look for them this year.

Romig added that as the city goes on to increase its popularity, people want to fly to the city and take proper advantage of non-stop flights, good connections as well as decent fares. New Orleans has forty two nonstop flights as well as thirty two of them saw increases in capacity last year over 2012, stated the recent report.

Megabus.com starts US$ 1 routes from New Orleans

The popular city-to-city bus company megabus.com company with fares starting from US$ 1 started their expansion to Mississippi today along with services from/to Jackson; and Oxford as well. The residents of Mississippi are now able to tour express between New Orleans and Oxford, Memphis and Jackson for as low as US$ 1 on 3 daily departures and arrivals.

The Mississippi service marks the thirty third state in the United States where megabus.com operates. It also operates in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and also in the District of Columbia.

Megabus.com/Coach USA’s vice president of Marketing and Public Relations Mike Alvich told that Megabus.com has rapidly become the travel option of choice for over thirty million people and now they are excited to bring their unique travel option to Mississippi residents. He added that as Americans continue to look for ways to stretch their dollar, they look forward to providing convenient, affordable as well as safe travel to the thousands of Mississippi residents when providing New Orleans and Memphis additional service options.

With their bus service, now people can travel to these popular destinations in around the same amount of time they would take to drive themselves and that also without the stress of being behind the driver’s wheel. Instead they can rest, recline and even sleep. They can also keep themselves connected wi fi and have some entertainment.

Carnival sailing huge cruise ships

Some huge cruise ships are all set to call New Orleans as their home since the cruise business continues to develop at Port of New Orleans. The Carnival Sunshine would arrive on Sunday and it carries 2984 passengers, which is twenty two compared to Carnival Conquest. Earlier in April, it would be replaced by the 3646 passenger cruise ship Carnival Dream. Carnival Cruise Lines has plans to hold it in New Orleans.

The New Orleans port is probably to set its 3rd straight record for the passengers of the cruise ship earlier this year, told Gary LaGrange, the chief executive officer and president of Port of New Orleans. He told Dream must increase that more in next year, when it is awaited to encourage Carnival's passenger total from more than 330000 a year to over 400000 a year.

New Orleans' total cruise business went up over thirty two percent previous year to 977703 passengers. The total of passenger in 2011 was 736908 and it broke a record that was set in the year 2004, stated the officials of the port. One of the officials stated that they have a great chance to so at crossing a million.

The reports of CLIA also stated that New Orleans was United States’ 6th busiest cruise port previous year, up from 9th spot in the year 2011. Carnival cruises sail year round. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sails from October to April while and Norwegian Cruise Line sails from November to April.