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What percentage of visitors to New Orleans in 2014 identified as LGBTI?

What percentage of visitors to New Orleans in 2014 identified as LGBTI?

Tourism in New Orleans hit a record high last year, since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at least – and for the first time, the city has tracked the percentage of LGBTI visitors: just over 4 per cent.

Some 9.52 million people flocked to the city for some traditional Southern hospitality last year, spending $6.81 billion.

This figure was up 2.6 percent from 2013, when 9.28 million visited. The city’s best ever year for tourism was 2004, the year before the hurricane, when 10.1 million people visited.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu commented: ‘New Orleans is on a roll and we’re thrilled that visitors – leisure and business alike – across the globe are taking notice.’

Another interesting statistic is the amount of visitors to New Orelans last year aged between 50 and 64: a high 36 percent.

Southern Decadence, the city’s premier annual LGBTI party, takes place from September 2-7 this year. According to the official website, 160,000 attended last year, spending $192 million.

What do you think of the 4 percent figure relating to LGBTI visitors to New Orleans? Is it higher or lower than you expected? Do you think it’s accurate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.