French Quarter New Orleans, the center of US Tourism today


It started Thursday. Today again New Orleans and the French Quarter will be the center of U.S. tourism.

French Quarter Festivals produced the French Quarter Festival.

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Beautiful weather is forecast as French Quarter Fest returns today with music on all 23 stages, including the new Gateway to Bourbon Stage and Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage featuring young artists. Sunday highlights include musical performances by Carl LeBlanc, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, Jeremy Davenport, Treme Brass BandRockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Swingers, Stephanie Jordan, and dozens more.

Sunday also brings a full day of special events like Let Them Talk, presented by Jones Walker at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint, FQF Film Fest, presented by NCIS: New Orleans at Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré and the Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Natchez Wharf.

French Quarter Festival 2018 closes with Dancing at Dusk in the 400 block of Royal Street from 6:00 -7:00 p.m.

In 2018 – French Quarter Festival celebrates its 35th Anniversary; Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates its 34rd anniversary; and Satchmo SummerFest celebrates its 18th anniversary.

French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.

More than 1,500 community volunteers help to make the festival a success.

Chief sources of funding are: Sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees, and annual Gala.

More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.

New Orleans great restaurants serve food and beverages in Jackson Square, the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, JAX Brewery, and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during French Quarter Festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts New Orleans restaurants with Louis Armstrong-inspired dishes and great local cuisine. Louisiana restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.

French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival”, “favorite food festival”, and “favorite event open to the public” by locals.

Economic Impact

According to an analysis of the French Quarter Festival Visitors Survey conducted by The University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center, in 2017 French Quarter Festival generated a total economic impact of $190 million; the festival also generated a total of $15.8 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.

FQF employs more than 1,700 local musicians during Festival weekend

FQF hosts over 60 local restaurants which make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” at the Festival.

FQF employs only local companies during the Festival (sanitation, stages, sound, security, etc.). All money spent to produce the festival stays within the local economy.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.