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POST-HURRICANE REPORT: 'NEW ORLEANS IS ALIVE AND WELL' LOCAL HOTELIERS ASSIST WITH RELIEF EFFORT

 POST-HURRICANE REPORT: 'NEW ORLEANS IS ALIVE AND WELL'
 LOCAL HOTELIERS ASSIST WITH RELIEF EFFORT
 NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Tourism officials here are relieved to report that area hotels and attractions were spared the wrath of Hurricane Andrew's recent visit to the Louisiana Gulf Coast. And while they hope the likes of him never darken their doorsteps again, they're putting out the welcome mat for all other visitors.
 "New Orleans is alive and well, and open for business," said Brett Smith, president of the Greater New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association. "Our neighbors in southcentral Louisiana and Florida suffered greatly, but the Crescent City remains intact, retaining its lasting charm and uniqueness."
 As a result of Andrew's glancing blow, the city suffered only minor damage -- uprooted trees, fallen foliage occasional power outages and minor street flooding. By the following day, clean-up crews were busy at work restoring the city to its original state.
 "Despite the brief interruption, the parade rolls on in New Orleans," Smith said. "We invite everyone to cast any second thoughts aside and come join our 'second line'."
 For more information about the city, a free 84-page "New Orleans Good Times Guide" is available by calling 1-800-926-1992.
 While New Orleans was relatively unaffected by the hurricane, hoteliers around the city are sensitive to those city's residents who were impacted. Earlier this week, Smith issued letters to all area hotel managers, requesting their assistance in gathering supplies such as extra beds, bedding, food, and other needed items from hotel storage closets.
 All collected items will be delivered to needy Louisiana citizens who lost personal belongings as a result of the storm, in cooperation with American Red Cross and Salvation Army efforts already in effect.
 "We were prepared to use these supplies in the event that the storm damaged any of our guest rooms and their contents," said Smith, president of the Greater New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association.
 "When we witnessed the misfortune Andrew caused some of our fellow Louisianians -- leaving many without a bed to sleep in, much less a roof over their heads -- we decided this is one way we could show our support for them.
 "After all...it could have just as easily been us picking up the pieces," Smith said.
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 /CONTACT: Kristen L. Griglione of Montgomery Stire & Ehrhardt, 504-525-6789, or home, 504-536-6246, for Greater New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association/ CO: Greater New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association ST: Louisiana IN: LEI SU:


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