From painting houses to planting gardens to helping preserve wetland forests, over 200 volunteers worked with Tourism Cares in New Orleans on 21st September to give back to those who are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which took place in 2005. Volunteers, including members from City Sightseeing Worldwide, spread out through various neighbourhoods and worked at six different sites run by local organisations whose aim is to improve all aspects of the city.
Known for its mouth-watering cuisine, eclectic culture, and unparalleled jazz scene, the Big Easy is without a doubt one of the world’s most fascinating cities and top tourist destination. However, beyond its historic French Quarter and breath-taking Garden District are communities still recovering from the devastating hurricane.
That is why Tourism Cares, a non-profit that unites the travel and tourism industry to benefit the people and places the industry depends on, chose New Orleans for its “Uniting for Resilient Destinations” program.
“Investing time and labour in neighbourhoods and with local organizations,” says Tourism Cares CEO Paula Vlamings, “is the immediate impact and it’s important. The lasting impact is the power of our collective industry: professionals from all sectors coming together to create social change through the tourism economy to support healthy, safe, and beautiful destinations through their businesses.”
With the help of numerous volunteers from the travel industry, “Tourism Cares for New Orleans” will contribute more than $60,000 through investments in the community and volunteer labour value. City Sightseeing Worldwide is proud to have been amongst those giving back to the vibrant city of New Orleans.