In the decade since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has had much to celebrate. In August 2015, University Medical Center, home of the Reverend Avery C. Alexander hospital, opened its doors. This $1.2 billion academic medical center is an asset to the New Orleans hospitality industry as it has quickly become a regional destination for health care.
The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation’s mission is to help ensure that our local economy thrives through tourism, and we have seen great successes in the past few years.
In 2015, New Orleans hosted 9.78 million visitors who spent a total of $7.05 billion. This remarkable growth is supported by infrastructure like the new UMC. As the demand for health care services increases at UMC, and we welcome more people into our city seeking care, hotel occupancy will increase, and the economy through tourism will grow in a very tangible way.
UMC is a unique public-private partnership with LCMC Health, a nonprofit organization with a long-standing commitment to this community. This partnership is working well, and the state and legislators must ensure its success for the continued growth of our economy. Our leadership has done so much to contribute to the success of New Orleans and Louisiana following one of our greatest challenges.
I urge them to continue this positive momentum for future generations of residents and visitors.
president and CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation