NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans hotels are expecting big business this weekend for the second week in a row.
Tourism officials say the increased tourist presence is thanks to a massive convention and two major sporting events in town.
Nearly 24,000 realtors will arrive in New Orleans as the National Association of Realtors Convention kicks off on Friday.
In addition, two major football games are being played. Numerous fans planning to travel to Baton Rouge for the LSU-Alabama matchup will stay in New Orleans. The Saints will also be taking on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at the Superdome.
"Costumed characters walking around the French Quarter, there'll be the carols over at Jackson Square and the concerts at the cathedral. [There's] a lot to look forward to in December to finish the year out strong," said Vicki Bristol, a representative of the New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Center.
Tourism doesn't slow after this weekend. The Bayou Classic is coming up Thanksgiving week. That alone has a $30 million economic impact on the city. The holidays come after that.
It's expected to be a good quarter for the tourism industry.