NEW ORLEANS –– The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 continue to designate New Orleans as a top-tier cultural destination, announcing the city is No.1 on their list of Best Cities for Food in the U.S., it was announced Aug. 9. Surveyed readers weigh in on the simplicity of finding a restaurant in New Orleans, ranging from po’boy shops to timeless dining establishments. New Orleans’ cuisine ranked ahead of cities such as Charleston, New York City, San Francisco and Chicago.
In addition to outstanding restaurants, New Orleans’ unique music scene continues to garner international recognition, as Elle UK has named the city one of the Top 5 Holiday Destinations for Music Lovers, the only U.S. city on the list. Elle UK describes that the name New Orleans alone is “synonymous with music” and although the city is the birthplace of jazz, it also showcases “live rock, brass bands and zydeco beats emanating from fabled music clubs oozing characteristic southern charm.”
Coming off the news that New Orleans’ international visitation increased by 37 per cent in 2015 and Travel + Leisure also awarded New Orleans the distinction of No. 7 City in the World, it is evident that travelers recognize the one-of-a-kind cultural experiences found in New Orleans. These designations are the most recent accomplishments in a string of accolades including The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport welcoming more than one million passengers through the airport in the month of May 2016, Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Best Big Cities in the U.S. and Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities, among others.
“New Orleans continues to create a rich, cultural experience for food and music enthusiasts unparalleled by other destinations,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana.