As part of an effort to help reignite the heart of Southern Louisiana's economic engine -- its tourism industry -- Collette Vacations is reinstating two of its popular New Orleans and the Deep South tours, beginning in the spring of 2006.

All profits from Collette's 2006 tours will be donated to The Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.

J. Stephen Perry, President of the NOMCVB, said "We applaud Collette Vacations for stepping to the plate and not only reinstating their tours to our city, but donating all the profits. Their actions are unparalleled."

Collette Vacations, in business since 1918, is one of the oldest and largest US Tour Operators, and the first to re-enter the New Orleans marketplace.

For information on Collette's "New Orleans and the Deep South" tour, click on the following link -