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Houma hopes to attract football fans for Super Bowl

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Houma, La. - Even on a quiet Tuesday morning, the front desk is busy at the Courtyard Marriott in Houma.  There are the usual calls about wedding receptions and meeting rooms, but the hotel is also fielding questions about the Super Bowl.

"Everything from, 'We think my team might win so we might want to book' to 'I can't find a room in New Orleans,' those are happening," says general manager Richard Hendrix. "Then you also have the normal business people who are trying to avoid New Orleans because of the Super Bowl."

Houma is just 50 miles from the heart of downtown New Orleans, where the biggest football game of the year will bring in tens of thousands of people.  Hotels around New Orleans are nearly sold out, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors bureau -- one reason the Houma Area CVB expects fans to look in Terrebonne Parish.

"We're doing some very serious online targeted marketing for the people who are searching for the Super Bowl," says Sharon Alford, executive director of the Houma Area CVB.  "We're also targeting some of the markets.  It's a guess right now to try to determine who's going to be playing and who's going to be down here."

Local tourism leaders hope to lure fans looking for a less expensive Super Bowl stay.  Some hotel rooms in New Orleans are now going for more than $1,000 a night that weekend. In Houma, it's about $200.

Houma will offer something the city of New Orleans won't that weekend. Carnival parades are scheduled to roll Friday, Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday.

For a complete list of parades and times, click here: http://www.houmatourism.com/pdf/brochures/Houma-Mardi-Gras-Guide.pdf.

"Charter fishing, there's great fishing this time of the year, especially for those people coming from up north who may not be used to being able to fish for a big one during the winter time.  So there's opportunity for all and we're certainly trying to do our best to get the word out," says Alford.

With less than a month before the big game, even quiet Tuesdays will be busy.

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