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Hurricane Updates

September 2, 2005

Hurricane Updates
If you have updated information on your business as the hurricane recovery process continues, please forward it to NTA Communications Specialist Pat Henderson at and it will be posted at NTA Online.

Hurricane Updates – Five Months Later
NTA conducted a series of interviews with tourism professionals in the United States Gulf Coast region to give you a firsthand update regarding the recovery process. Excerpts of each of the interviews appeared in NTA’s weekly e-newsletter, Tuesday, from Jan. 24 through Feb. 21. To read each part of the series, click on the following links:

  • Ron McConnell, Mobile (Ala.) Bay CVB
  • Steve Richer, Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB
  • Lisa Holland, New Orleans Metropolitan CVB
  • Darienne Wilson, Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Megan Monsour, Southwest Louisiana CVB

    Detailed update on status of New Orleans
    Click here to read a recent update on things in New Orleans. (May 25)

    All jazzed up for Jazz Fest
    Click here to read about the importance of the upcoming New Orelans Jass & Heritage Festival. (USA Today, April 26)

    Cancun beaches fully restored after storms
    Click here to read about Mexico declaring that restoration is complete at all beaches in Cancun. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 19)

    Tourism – Caring For America Clean Up Project a Success
    Tourism Cares for Tomorrow Web site, March 21
    Central Michigan Life, March 20
    WLOX-TV/Gulfport, March 19

    Want to take a volunteer group to the Gulf Coast to help with the cleanup and recovery?
    Here is more information for people wishing to bring groups to Mississippi and Louisiana to aid in the ongoing relief and recovery efforts:

  • Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss. area – Contact Steve Richer, executive director at the Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB, at or by calling 888.467.4853 or County Volunteer Coordinator Romeo Brown at
  • Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana area – Contact Tico Soto, sales director for the Southwest Louisiana CVB via e-mail at or by calling 800.456.SWLA.
  • New Orleans – Contact any of the sales managers at New Orleans Metropolitan CVB by calling 800.748.8695.

    Special hurricane information included in recent issues of Courier
    The October Courier features a special 16-page section on Hurricane Katrina. It includes stories on members in the affected areas and other NTA-member companies from all over that pitched in to help. There are sponsorships, from which ALL of the proceeds will be donated to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s "Build Back Our Coast Fund." The November and December issues also included followup articles on hurricane recovery.

    Share your thoughts on the online Member Forums or read updates from individual members located in areas affected by recent hurricanes
    Click here for the online Member Forums.

    Insurance information from The Berkely Group
    Click here to read a statement from The Berkely Group regarding Katrina.
    Click here to view The Berkely Group’s NTA Travel Protection plan

    Airline/airport updates
    Federal Aviation Administration Web site
    Web links for each airline carrier

    Cruise ship updates
    Royal Caribbean International

    Read updates from official state Web sites (state-specific relief fund information in parentheses)
    Alabama(Click here for Alabama relief fund information)
    Louisiana(Click here for Louisiana relief fund information)
    Mississippi(Click here for Mississippi relief fund information)

    Read updates from official Web sites of major cities affected by recent hurricanes
    Mississippi Gulf Coast (Gulfport and Biloxi)
    Mobile, Ala.
    New Orleans, La.
    Lake Charles, La.

    General information on relief efforts and sites of agencies where you can make donations
    Click here to read a "Guide to Appropriate Giving" from InterAction
    Click here to see USA FreedomCorps site, containing information on such things as donations, emergency relief funds, contacting loved ones and volunteering
    Red Cross
    Salvation Army
    Operation Blessing
    America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network

    Information on travel industry relief efforts
    Click here to read more about the "Rebirth Louisiana" project
    Click here to learn more about TIA’s initiative to create a job bank ( to help workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina find new employment
    Click here to read about the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s "Build Back Our Coast Fund," which will aid the economic recovery, rebuilding efforts and job regeneration in the coastal region
    Click here to find out what Tourism Cares for Tomorrow is doing to help the Katrina relief effort.

    This Just In Archive

  • Mail Processing Resumes in New Orleans April 4
  • Louisiana Unveils Celebrity-Studded Tourism Campaign March 9
  • Mardi Gras Returns to New Orleans Feb. 28
  • Ways to Give Back Feb. 23
  • Continental Will Return to Full Service in New Orleans Feb. 22
  • Harrah’s New Orleans Reopens for Mardi Gras Feb. 21
  • Cancun Reopenings Feb. 8
  • Hear Firsthand How NTA Friends Are Doing Along the Gulf Coast Jan. 26
  • Tourism Cares Announces Gulf Coast Clean Up Jan. 16
  • Delta Queen Cancels American Queen’s 2006 Schedule Jan. 11
  • Katrina-Damaged Bridge Reopens to Traffic Jan. 6
  • New Orleans Harrah’s to Reopen in February Dec. 19
  • White House Announces $3.1 Billion for New Orleans Levees Dec. 15
  • New Years Marks Official Reopening of New Orleans Dec. 13
  • New Orleans Tourism Opens Media Center to Promote City’s Recovery Nov. 30
  • NTA and Tourism Cares for Tomorrow Raise More Than $22,000 for the U.S. Gulf Coast Nov. 7
  • NTA Members Support the Gulf Coast Nov. 6
  • Cancun Tourism Industry Recovering Nov. 3
  • River Relief Tour to Benefit Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund Oct. 31
  • Urgent Call for Supplies in Biloxi Oct. 27
  • Florida Recovering After Wilma Oct. 26
  • Travelers Can Expect Closures and Delays Today Oct. 25
  • NTA Continues to Watch Wilma Oct. 24
  • Travel Disrupted Waiting on Wilma Oct. 21
  • Mississippi Casinos to Rebuild on Land Oct. 18
  • New Orleans Tourism Recovery Efforts Continue Oct. 17
  • Secures Over 5,000 Jobs to Date Oct. 13
  • Delta Queen Sets Startup Date for Riverboats Oct. 12
  • New Orleans CVB Reports Recovery Progress Oct. 7
  • Hurricane Evacuees Will Remain in Hotels Oct. 5
  • NTA Encourages You to Dine for America Oct. 4
  • New Orleans’ French Quarter Reopens Sept. 29
  • Texas Residents Asked to Return Home Section at a Time Sept. 26
  • Cruise and Flight Itineraries Altered Following Rita Sept. 26
  • Airlines Cancel Flights, Offer Waiver Restrictions Sept. 23
  • Texas Remains On Alert Sept. 22
  • Florida Keys Reopen as Texas Clears Out Sept. 22
  • Hotel Rooms Needed as Texans Evacuate Sept. 21
  • Hurricane Rita is Now a Category 4 Sept. 21
  • Getaways for Gulf Aid Sept. 20
  • Rita Disrupts Travel Sept. 20
  • New Orleans Airport Reopens Sept. 14
  • SBA Offers Katrina Disaster & Recovery Assistance Sept. 13
  • Tourism Cares Gulf Coast Restoration Fund at NTA Convention Sept. 9
  • TIA Has Created a Job Bank to Help Workers Displaced by Katrina Sept. 8
  • Move to Carnival Ships Delayed Sept. 7
  • FEMA Chartering Carnival Ships for Katrina Victims Sept. 6
  • Contact Information Requested for Displaced Members Sept. 2
  • Hurricane Katrina: Emergency Need for Housing Sept. 2
  • NTA Makes Initial Appeal for Help to Small Business Administration Sept. 1
  • United Mileage Plus Members Earn Miles by Giving to Relief Effort Sept. 1
  • Bulletin on Hurricane Katrina from BerkelyCare Sept. 1
  • New Orleans CVB Prepares Temporary Office Sept. 1
  • Cruise Itineraries Continue to be Altered Aug. 31
  • FAA Opens Runway in New Orleans Aug. 31
  • Katrina Disrupts Air Travel Across Country Aug. 30
  • Hurricane Katrina Downgraded to Category 1 Aug. 29
  • NTA Monitors Katrina as Hurricane Heads Inland Aug. 29
  • Cruise Itineraries Altered Due to Katrina Aug. 25
  • Record Hurricane Season Expected to Get Worse Aug. 24
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