City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

Mayor Marc H. Morial
Economic Development and Policy Planning Division

Records of the Office of Tourism, Arts and Entertainment


The Office of Tourism, Arts and Entertainment was charged with maximizing the city's potential to realize revenues and attract investment by the tourism, arts, and entertainment industries. To achieve that goal the Office developed marketing strategies and promotional materials effective in attracting attention from the global marketplace. It also developed showcase opportunities to support the city's tourism efforts, worked to enhance the infrastructure of the target industries, and contributed to the evolution of New Orleans as an entertainment center. The Office also worked closely with two independent commissions--the New Orleans Film and Video Commission and the Music and Entertainment Commission of New Orleans--as well as with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

The records are divided into three series: general office records, records relating to the arts, and records relating to tourism. All three series comprise alphabetically arranged subject files.

  • Subseries 1 (General Office Files) includes copies of complaints made by tourists regarding various components of the visitor industry.
  • Subseries 2 (Arts Files) includes records relating to the Arts Tourism Partnership.
  • Subseries 3 (Tourism Files) includes copies of several detailed reports on the industry prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA, a leading tourism research firm, as well as copies of meeting minutes from the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc.

Detailed Description of the Records

General Office Files
Folder Title Dates Notes

Box 1

Academy Awards Party/Women in Film 1995
Accomplishments 1997-1999
Accounting and Reporting System, Proposed 1995
Advisory Council (Mayor's Office of Tourism, Arts and Entertainment) 1994-1995
All American City Award 1996
Americans with Disabilities Act/Communication Access Assessment 1997
Arts 1994 Arts Tourism Partnership
Arts Council of New Orleans, Community Public Arts Initiative 2000
Arts Tourism Partnership 1994-1999 Includes material on the establishment of the ATP.
Arts Tourism Partnership, Kitchen Table Concierge Project 1998
Arts Tourism Partnership, Report 1996 Submitted to the Economic Development Fund.

Box 2

Arts Tourism Partnership, Workbook 1996 Includes copies of Art Industry Venue Registry forms.
Austria 1995
Black Music Hall of Fame and Museum 1994
Black Tourism Network 1994-1995
Brochures (Mayor's Office of Tourism, Arts and Entertainment) undated
Budget 1994
Budget (Mayor's Office of Tourism, Arts and Entertainment) 1997-1998
Cable Television 1994
Contract Procedures 1997
Convention Center 1995
Correspondence 1996
Discover New Orleans (Television Program) 1996-1998
Division Staff Meetings 1996-1998
Economic Development Fund 1996-1998
Economic Development Fund Application 1994
Economic Development Fund, Contract With the New Orleans Film Commission 1994
Empowerment Zone 1994

Box 3

Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Performance Review/Reports 1998-1999
Essence 1995
Festival of Fins 2000 Includes press coverage from outside New Orleans.
Goodwill Ambassadors 1994
Grants 1995
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation 1994
Greater New Orleans Tourist and Convention Commission 1994
Halpern Festivals/Festival Productions, Inc. 1994
Initiatives, Etc. 1994
Inter American Development Bank, Planning for the 2000 Annual Meeting in New Orleans 1998-1999
Interoffice Memorandums 1997

Box 4

Is This What We Want People Saying About New Orleans??? 2000 Proposal for a centralized tourist complaint operation for the City of New Orleans.
Japan 1995
Jazz Centennial 1994-1995 Also includes material from the administration of Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy.
Louisiana Artists Guild 1994-1995
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 1994
Mayor's Top Three Accomplishments 1998
Meeting with Mayor Morial 1998
Memorandums to Mayor Morial 1997-1998
Mission Statement 1997
Music and Entertainment Commission 1994 Also includes material from the administration of Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy.
National Conference of Artists 1994
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Board of Directors Meeting 1997 February 25 meeting. Sandra Shilstone was on the Board.
New Orleans Recreation Department/New Orleans Ballet Association Center for Dance 1994
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation 1994
Overall Economic Development Plan, Implementation 1996
Proposition One 1998
Proud to Call It Home Campaign 1994
Requests for Mayor's Welcome Letters, Etc. 1998

Box 5

Staff Meetings, Notes 1994
Staffing Plan 1994
Super Bowl Task Force 1995
Super Bowl XXXVI (2002), New Orleans Host Committee Response to the NFL Bid Specifications 1998
Tartikoff Meeting Notes undated
Theatre 1994
Tivoli International 1994
Tourism/Crime Meeting 1995
Tourist Complaints, Acts of Violence/Theft 2000
Tourist Complaints, Alleged Discrimination 1999
Tourist Complaints, General 1996-1998

Box 6

Tourist Complaints, General 1999-2000
Tourist Complaints, General 2001
Tourist Complaints, Ground Transportation 2000

Box 7

Tourist Complaints, Hotels, Decatur Hotel Corporation 2000-2001
Tourist Complaints, Hotels, General 1998-2001
Tourist Complaints, Hotels, Prytania Inn and St. Vincent Guest House 2000-2002
Tourist Complaints, Parking/Towing/Traffic 1999-2001
Tourist Complaints, Physical and Aesthetic Eyesores 1999-2001
Tourist Complaints, Restaurants/Entertainment Venues 2000-2001
Tourist Complaints, Retail Business Establishments 1999-2001

Box 8

Trail of Freedom 1993 Material from the administration of Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy.
Two Week Reports 1996-1997
U.S. Conference of Mayors 1995
White House Conference on Tourism 1994
White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, Louisiana/New Orleans Participation 1994-1995
Women in Film 1995



Arts Files
Folder Title Dates Notes

Box 1

Accomplishments in the Arts, Mayor's 1998
African American Art Symposium 1998
African American Museum of Arts, Culture and History 1999-2001
Airport Art 1998
Americans for the Arts 1996-1999 Mayor Morial was on their National Policy Board.
Amusement Tax Task Force 1998
Articles About Art in New Orleans 1999
Artist Entrepreneur Workshop for Visual Artists (Arts Council of New Orleans) 1998
Artists' Fees 2001
Artists Relocating to New Orleans 1999
Arts Council of New Orleans 1995-1999
Arts Council of New Orleans, Board of Directors Meetings 1996-1999 Sandra Shilstone was on the Board, 1998-1999.
Arts Facts 1998-1999

Box 2

Arts Tourism Partnership 1995-1996
Arts Tourism Partnership 1997 Folder 1. Includes Arts Tourism Partnership applications for funding, submitted to several granting organizations.
Arts Tourism Partnership 1997 Folder 2. Includes Arts Tourism Partnership applications for funding, submitted to several granting organizations.
Arts Tourism Partnership 1997 Folder 3. Includes Arts Tourism Partnership applications for funding, submitted to several granting organizations.
Arts Tourism Partnership 1997 Folder 4. Includes Arts Tourism Partnership applications for funding, submitted to several granting organizations.
Arts Tourism Partnership 1997-1998
Arts Tourism Partnership 1998

Box 3

Arts Tourism Partnership, Ballet Russes Conference 1998-2001
Arts Tourism Partnership, Crazy Christmas Quilt Project 1997
Arts Tourism Partnership, Economic Development Fund Funding 1996-1997
Arts Tourism Partnership, Economic Development Fund Funding 1996-1998
Arts Tourism Partnership, Minutes of Meetings, Etc. 1996-1998
Arts Tourism Partnership, Mission Statement, Job Descriptions, Etc. 1997-1998
Arts Tourism Partnership, Town Hall Meeting 1997
Black Arts National Diaspora, Paul Robeson Exhibit 1999
Broadcast Arts Museum of Greater New Orleans 1999
Business of Art Series 1995-1997
Community Arts Grants 1996-1999
Contemporary Arts Center 1996-1997
Cultural Tourism 1998
D-Day Museum 1996
EC (h)O Arts Festival 1998

Box 4

Festival L'Eau (France) 1998
Fine Arts Center 1997
Gallery of French Pre-Impressionist Art 1999
Holocaust Exhibit 1999
Illustration Conference (2000) 1999
Le Vieux Carre Center for the Arts and Humanities 1997
Louisiana Artists' Guild 1994-1999
Louisiana Artworks 1998-1999
Louisiana Artworks 1999
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 1997
N. O. TV 1999
National Black Theatre Festival 1996-1998
National Endowment for the Arts, Grants 1998
New Orleans Children's Advocacy Program 1998
New Orleans Jazz Roundtable 1999 Sandra Shilstone was a member.

Box 5

New Orleans Museum of Art 1996-1999 Mayor Morial was on the Board of Trustees of the Museum.
New Orleans Opera Association 1998-1999
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum 1998
New Orleans School of Glass Works Gallery 1997
Overall Economic Development Plan--Arts, Tourism and Gaming 1996
Percent for Art/Public Art Program 1996-1999
Positive Space, The Gallery 1997
Prima Tek/Frederick Trenchard 1996
RHINO Contemporary Arts Gallery 1999
Sister Cities, Rome and New Orleans 1998
Summer Youth Arts Program 1998
Theatre Marigny 1996
Treme Villa Benefit Exhibit 1997
Tribute to the Classical Arts 1998
Urban Arts Training Program (Arts Council of New Orleans) 1995-1997



Tourism Files
Folder Title Dates Notes

Box 1

280th Anniversary of New Orleans 1997-1998
A Few Facts N' Figures about Tourism in New Orleans 1998 Prepared by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Academy of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism 1998
Academy of Travel and Tourism, New Orleans Public Schools 1996
Airport 1998-1999
Airport Welcome Billboard 1997-1999
All American City Award 1996-1998
American College of Cardiology Convention (1999) 1998-1999
American College of Surgeons 1999
American Crossings 1997
American Express 1996
Americans with Disabilities Act 1997-1998
Anne Rice Scandal [sic], Zoning Ordinance 1996
Arts Tourism Partnership/Gary Esolen 1998
Aruba 1998
Audubon Institute 1997-1998
Baby Boomer Birthday Bash 1997
Banner Guidelines 1998-1999 Prepared by the Downtown Development District.
Bastille Day 1997
Bayou Classic 1997
Bayou Classic 1998
Bayou Classic 1999

Box 2

Bayou Sauvage Swamp Tour 1996-1997
Belize Trade Mission to New Orleans 1997
Bell South 1996
Black Congress on Health, Law and Economics 1996
Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine Article 1998
Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine Article 1999
British-American Project Conference 1998
Brochures 1997 Produced by the Office of Tourism and the Arts.
CA World 1996 CA=Computer Associates
CA World 1997 CA=Computer Associates
CA World 1998 CA=Computer Associates
CA World 1999 CA=Computer Associates
Canal Street 1998
Celebration in the Oaks 1997
Chamber, New Orleans and the River Region 1996
Christmas Doll Collection/River Arts undated
Christmas New Orleans Style 1997
Christmas New Orleans Style 1998
Christmas New Orleans Style 1999
CitiNet, Inc./Virtual New Orleans 1996
Convention Center Permits 1997-1998
Convention Center, Phase III 1996

Box 3

ConventionAir 1998
Crime 1996-1998
Crime and Tourism 1996-1997
Cruise Industry 1997-1998
Delta Queen Steamboat Company 1999
Democratic/Republican Convention Site Selection Committees 1998
Domestic Preparedness Training 1998
Drug Policy Foundation 1996
Economic Impact 1995-1997
Elks Parade 1999
Elle Magazine Article 1998 "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (March)
Encuentro 1996
Essence Music Festival 1998-1999
Fete d'Amerique Francaise 1998
Fortune 500 Forum 1996
France Louisiane/France Americaine 1998
Franco-Fete 1998-1999
French Quarter Artists 1995-1997 A New Orleans Public Schools project.
French Quarter Festival 1997-1998
French Quarter Tourism Business Issues 1999
Gay Tourism 1997

Box 4

George Magazine Article 1998 "The Ten Most Corrupt Cities in America" (March)
Go 4th on the River 1996-1999
Government Convention Business 1997-1999
Great River Road Ramble 1998
Greater New Orleans Black Tourism Network 1997-1998
Greater New Orleans L.A.T.I.N. Tourism Network, Inc. 1998
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation 1996-2000
Ground Transportation Hospitality Advisory Committee 1999
Gun Lawsuit 1998-1999
Haiti 1999
Holiday Inn Select 1997
Hospitality Coalition 1997-1999
Hospitality Education and Training Foundation 1996
Hotel Motel Associations (Greater New Orleans and Louisiana) 1996-1997
Hurricane Georges Hotel Complaints 1998
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Convention 1998
International Association of Jazz Educators Annual Conference 2000
International Conference on the Short Story in English (Fifth) 1998
Japan, Consulate-General of 1997
Jazzland 1997-2000
Jazzy Cabby Program 1997
Kwanzaa 1997
La Cumbre 1996
Large Conventions (1997-2003) 1997
Louisiana Purchase Travel Agents Familiarization Program 1997
Louisiana State Tourism Office 1996-1998
Mardi Gras 1997-1999
Mayoral Commission on Tourism Development 1998
Mayor's Dinners 1997
Mayor's Tourism Ambassadors 1997-1998
Mayor's Tourism Breakfast 1997
Mayor's Tourism Industry Cabinet/Luncheon 1996
Mayor's Women in Ministry 1997
Merida Monument Committee 1999
MIDEM Latin American Music Festival 1997

Box 5

Millennium Planning and Events 1998-2000
Miss France Pageant 1999
Miss USA/Miss Teen USA Pageant 1997-1998
National Academy Foundation Conference 1997
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1998-1999
National Association of Broadcasters Convention 1997
National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) 1996-1999
National Black Police Association 1996
National Bowling Association 1996
National Business Leaders Conference 1999
National Cable Television Association 1997
National Civic League 1996
National Conference of Black Mayors 1997-1998
National Conference of State Legislators 1998
National Exchange Club 1997
National Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. 1997
National Register of Historic Places 1996 Re: Algiers.
New Orleans 1994 Travel Year 1995 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
New Orleans Aviation Board 1997-2000
New Orleans Balloon Extravaganza 1999
New Orleans Business and Industrial District (NOBID)/New Orleans International Speedway 2000-2001 Sandra Shilstone was on the New Orleans International Speedway Task Force.

Box 6

New Orleans Conversion Research 1996 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. 1999
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Action Plans 1997
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Annual Report Letter 1997
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., General 1996-2000
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Government Action Committee 1997-1998
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Millennium Activities 1998
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1996 November 19 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1997 February 25 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1997 June 24 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1997 October 28 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1998 February 10 meeting.

Box 7

New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1998 May 5 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1998 November 17 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting 1999 February 23 meeting.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Shot Show 1997-1999 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Strategic Plan 1996
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Tourism Partners Breakfast Meetings 1997-1998
New Orleans MSA Competitive Assessment 1996
New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1999 September 21 meeting.
New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, General Information 1998-2000
New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, Marketing Plan 1999
New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, Minutes of Board of Directors Meetings (May 18) 1999
New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, New Board Member Orientation 1999
New Orleans Music Industry Foundation

New Orleans Police Foundation, Inc. 1998 Sandra Shilstone was a member of the Foundation's Executive Committee.
New Orleans Safety Issues 1996 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Inc. 1996-2001 Folder 1.

Box 8

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Inc. 1996-2001 Folder 2.
New Orleans Visitors Information Center 1997-1998
New Orleans Visitors Information Center, Marketing Proposals 1998
New Orleans Visitors Information Center, Minutes of Board of Directors Meetings 1997-1998 Sandra Shilstone was a Board member.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 1998
New Year's Eve Fireworks 1996
New Year's Eve for Teens 1996
News Clippings 1997 From non-New Orleans Newspapers.
Oretha Castle Haley Black Cultural Tourism District 1997
Parking Problems/Complaints 1997-1998
Parking Task Force 1997
Popp Fountain Groundbreaking 1998
Port of New Orleans/Cruise Ships 1997
Power of Tourism Marketing: New Orleans Accountability Study 1997 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
Powernomics Corp of America, Inc.

President's Committee for Citizens with Disabilities Conference 1997
Project Prodigy 1998
Rebuilding New Orleans, Project Management Workshop 1997

Box 9

Regional Transit Authority/Streetcars 1997-1998
Republican/Democratic Conventions, Site Selection 1998
Rhythms of the South 1998
Ritz-Carlton 1997
Rivers of Chocolate Festival 1998 In Mountain View, California.
San Francisco Opera/Streetcar Named Desire 1998
Southeast Regional Cultural Tourism Forum 1996
Sugar Bowl 1997-1998
Super Bowl News Clippings 1997 From non-New Orleans newspapers.
Super Bowl Request (Paul Tagliabue) 1998
Super Bowl XXXI 1997
TACA/New Orleans International Airport 1997
Thank You Letters, Congratulations Letters, Etc. 1996-1999
This Week in New Orleans 1997
Thomas, Councilmember Oliver 1996
Tourism Fact Sheets 1998-1999
Tourism in the French Quarter/Quality of Life 1998
Tourism in the Garden District/Weisler Residence 1997
Tourism Management Study/Tourism Master Plan 1998
Tourism Partners Breakfast 1998
Tourism Research 1997-1998
Tourism Task Force 1998-1999
Tourism, General 1999
Tourism/Crime Marketing Plan undated
Tourists, Positive Comments/Requests for Information 1997-1998
Tourists, Positive Comments/Requests for Information 1998-1999

Box 10

Tourists, Positive Comments/Requests for Information 2000-2001
Transatlantic Business Dialogue 1999-2000
Travel and Tourism in New Orleans: A Report on the 1997 Travel Year 1998 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
Travel Holiday Magazine Article (February) 1999
Trends in New Orleans' Travel Market 1997 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
Trends in New Orleans' Travel Market, Final Report 1996 Prepared for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation by Longwoods Travel USA.
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration 1997
United Airlines 1997
United States Conference of Mayors 1999
United States Urban Arts Federation 1998
University of New Orleans 1996-1999
University of New Orleans Tourism Curriculum, Attracting Minorities 1997
Urban Land Institute Presentation to Harrah's Jazz Co. 1996
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 1998
Visa (Credit Card) 1996-1998
Volunteer and Information Agency's Ask Me Program 1996-1997
Washington Trip 1998 Re: the Inter-American Development Bank.


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