New Orleans tourists up by 462,000 in 2011
NEW ORLEANS - A study released Monday says 8.75 million tourists visited the New Orleans area last year.
The University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center says that's an increase of about 462,000 from 2010.
The study estimates the visitors spent a record $5.47 billion, up $180 million from 2010.
According to the study, about 76 percent of the visitors came to New Orleans for vacation or pleasure, while 24 percent were in the city for a convention, association, trade show, corporate meeting or general business travel.
The top feeder markets for out-of-state guests were Texas, California, Florida and New York.
About 38 percent of the visitors were ages 50 to 65, followed by the 35-to-49 age bracket with about 29 percent.
A slight majority of the visitors arrived by airplane.