Concierge.com Launches the Most Current Guide to New Orleans, Post Katrina

Mardi Gras 2006 Marks the Return of New Orleans to the Tourist Map

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Concierge.com, the premier site for travel information and the online home of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, has launched the first up-to-the-minute guide to post-Katrina New Orleans.

Over the past two weeks, the Concierge.com staff has worked overtime to provide Mardi Gras visitors with an in-depth guide to a city in transition. If Mardi Gras 2006 marks the “official return” of New Orleans to the tourist map, what is it really like to visit the Big Easy these days?

The good news for visitors is the historic French Quarter and other traditional tourist areas survived last September relatively intact. Hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs are open; the airport is up and running. Yet out of necessity a new city is being born.

Although low staff levels are putting a strain on businesses, local chefs who weathered the storm are thriving in this unpredictable new landscape. The restaurant Stanley was founded when chef Scott Boswell started grilling burgers outdoors for weary National Guardsmen. The Savvy Gourmet, a former cooking school on Magazine Street, morphed into a casual lunch spot when Katrina forced most of the city’s restaurants to close.

“This is a historic time for New Orleans, one of America’s most distinctive cities,” said Peter Frank, Editor-in-Chief of Concierge.com. “Visiting New Orleans now is an opportunity to pay tribute to its people, and to witness the rebirth of a great American city. Our guide reflects the stories of the city and its people, while giving travelers the details they need.”

In Concierge.com’s New Orleans Destination Guide, readers will find an up-to-the-minute lay of the land — what to avoid, what not to miss, hot spots for shopping and nightlife haunts in addition to hotel and restaurant recommendations. For more information on the New Orleans’ Destination Guide visit www.concierge.com.

Concierge.com

The new Concierge.com incorporates original, interactive features on every aspect of travel; highlights from Conde Nast Traveler, re-engineered for optimum online browsing; almost 200 original, in-depth, insider guides to top destinations around the world; a “destination finder” that lets readers narrow down the perfect place for any trip; almost 10,000 photographs of hotels, destinations, landmarks, and more; a suite of interactive tools to help readers make smart travel plans; a range of travel deals targeted to specific destinations; and a powerful search function to aid navigation.

CondeNet

CondeNet is the leading creator and developer of upscale lifestyle brands online, providing enjoyable, useful services that build upon the heritage of the world’s most prestigious magazines. The company publishes significant online properties in the categories of food (Epicurious.com), travel (Concierge.com), and fashion (STYLE.COM and MEN.STYLE.COM); these titles have won numerous accolades from bodies including the American Society of Magazine Editors, the James Beard Foundation, Media Industry Newsletter, and the Webby Awards. Based in New York, CondeNet is owned by Conde Nast, a privately held media company.

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