New Orleans named top destination city for 2013

New Orleans, La. - New Orleans has been named a top destination city for 2013 by Orbitz. With the upcoming Super Bowl and other events this year, the travel website says New Orleans will be one of the hottest destinations this year. Other areas it predicts will have a banner tourism year include New Zealand and Charleston.

The Orbitz "Look Back, Look Ahead" Insider Index identifies what got travelers moving in 2012 and projects top destinations and travel trends for the year ahead.  Orbitz says after topping Travel+Leisure's Favorite Cities survey in 2012, New Orleans is primed for even bigger things in 2013.

In addition to hosting Super Bowl XLVII, the city will also be home to the NCAA Women's Final Four and countless food, music and lifestyle festivals appealing to all types of travelers.  Expanded flight and hotel options – plus a $90 million road improvement project – will make it that much easier for travelers to take in all the city has to offer. "We expect 2013 to be a banner year for travel in New Orleans thanks to a diverse lineup of events, new hotels like the Hotel Indigo in the Garden District, and major airlines adding nonstop service," said Jerrold Broussard, New Orleans destination expert and regional director for Orbitz Worldwide.

Also expecting to spur tourism in the city is a release of new movies recently released and some planned for later this year, which featured scenes from the New Orleans area.