New Orleans is widely known throughout the world for its carnival, its food, and its French-Creole-American mix. It attracts people from all over the world the UK included. Yet if you are British there is not one single scheduled flight to this city. Why is it that places like Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte have direct connections yet New Orleans misses out? Which would you rather go to? Which has the greater tourist potential?
The answer as to why there are no direct connections to the UK and Ireland, France, Spain, and Germany to name just a few countries is because none of the current US carriers has ever had a base at New Orleans. American Airlines has a base at Raleigh Durham and US Air has one at Charlotte. There is no Louisiana airline (I think) and certainly no airline that flies to Europe or nearly anywhere else outside North America. So you fly to Houston or Dallas if you want the nearest link to the UK or any of the other gateways we have to the US, change and fly to New Orleans that way. Years ago, British Airways used to stop over on flights to Mexico but today, Mexico is the only international destination that is served.
New Orleans plans to attract 13 million visitors a year by the time it reaches its 300th anniversary in 2018. Currently, it has about 10 million visitors. The rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 hasn’t altered the style or the appeal of New Orleans. The French quarter is as much as it was (and bigger than you expect). The food is still wonderful, spicy and a mixture of different nationalities but imbued with that New Orleans special mix. The music still draws crowds be it jazz or blues. Bourbon Street is as it always was. It is unlike any other American city. It’s part European, part American but mostly itself.
So for somewhere unique to visit try New Orleans. And one day you might be able to fly there without going somewhere you didn’t want to go to first.