American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fri, Oct 26 – Tue, Oct 30, 2012
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
New Orleans, LA
Open for Business - Business as Usual - Comeback of the Year - Choose any adage you like and it all amounts to one conclusion: the Big Easy is back in a big way. The historic city felled by the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005 continues to make great strides to return to the level of popularity that once attracted more than ten million people annually.
The Greater New Orleans population was approximately 1.4 million prior to Hurricane Katrina, while New Orleans itself accounted for nearly 500,000. In early 2007, most estimates place the city at approximately half that figure, with more and more residents expected to return as repairs and restoration continues. A key contributor is the success in bringing business and tourism back to the city, as well as the return of local sports teams and the major events the city's been famous for, headed of course by the ever popular Mardi Gras Festival in February.
Located in the southeast, Louisiana lies within the Gulf Coastal Plain. Its "L" shape is bordered by Mississippi on the east, the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Texas on the west, and Arkansas on the north. It achieved statehood following the War of 1812, becoming the 18th State of the Union, with the port city of New Orleans becoming the state capital. One of America's oldest cities, New Orleans features a rich, diverse heritage, which embodies European traditions and Caribbean influences that are evident in everything from its local architecture and music to its legendary cuisine and its collective Laissez les bons temps rouler attitude: "Let the good times roll."
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 – Tue, Oct 30, 2012