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New Orleans Facts | Press

New Orleans Tourism Facts & Stats

In 2018, New Orleans welcomed 18.51 million visitors, a 4.29 percent increase in visitors compared to the previous year. The city also saw a 3.91 percent increase in total visitor spending of $9.1 billion according to D.K. Shifflet & Associates’ (DKSA) reporting.

Other useful statistics:

  • Population of New Orleans, as of July 1, 2017: 393,292 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of Restaurants year-to-date: ~1,200 (The New Orleans Advocate)
  • Number of Festivals: More than 135 festivals annually, which equates to roughly one festival every three days
  • Number of Hotel Rooms: More than 22,000 in the downtown area and more than 38,000 in the greater metro area as of January 1, 2017
  • Miles of Bike Lanes: More than 100 miles of on- and off-street bikeways
  • The brand-new Louis Armstrong International Airport currently hosts 16 airlines and serves 55 nonstop destinations in the United States and seven International destinations (seasonally) with approximately 150 daily departures
  • The Port Of New Orleans reported more than 1 million cruise passengers in 2018