BGR in the News

New Orleans should regain ‘lost’ hotel tax money to fix drainage and roads, watchdog group says

By Beau Evans

Source: | The Times-Picayune

January 30, 2019

A one-percent tax on New Orleans hotel sales should return to city coffers, as it was decades ago before that local...

S&WB task force highlights agency’s financial crisis, calls for drainage fees

By Jeff Adelson

Source: The Advocate

January 28, 2019

The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board is in desperate need of money for critical infrastructure projects and should...

Money should not be taken from tourism for infrastructure needs: Billy Nungesser

By Julia O'Donoghue

Source: | The Times-Picayune

January 16, 2019

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser doesn’t think New Orleans hotel tax revenue should be redirected from state marketing, tourism and sports-related organizations...

Cantrell’s quest for more infrastructure dollars centers on $160 million in tourism taxes

By Tyler Bridges

Source: The Advocate

January 12, 2019

In her push to find money to improve New Orleans’ decrepit infrastructure, Mayor LaToya Cantrell is targeting a share...

‘Everything is on the table’ — including rate hikes — as S&WB looks to improve operations

By Jessica Williams

Source: The Advocate

January 10, 2019

Since his first few weeks on the job as executive director of the Sewerage & Water Board, Ghassan Korban...

Nell Nolan: BGR luncheon, The Studs Club, Churchill Society, N.O. Jazz Museum

By Nell Nolan

Source: The Advocate

January 5, 2019

Salutes of the Season Pleasurable Business Just around midday on a recent Friday, board Chairman Hardy B. Fowler garnered attention as...

Potholes, water woes: New Orleans seeks more of tourist tax

By Kevin McGill

Source: The Associated Presss

December 26, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A night’s stay at a New Orleans hotel can take as much as a 15...

Should New Orleans have a drainage fee? City Council member is wary

By Beau Evans

Source: | The Times-Picayune

December 20, 2018

New Orleans Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer warned this week that she would not support any new fee levied on residents...

Superdome, arenas get record-setting boost from hotel taxes: audit

By Kevin Litten

Source: | The Times-Picayune

December 17, 2018

The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, the state entity with oversight of Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center, raked...

New Orleans’ hospitality jobs far fewer than industry claims, report says; so, what gives?

By Richard Thompson

Source: The Advocate

December 11, 2018

Amid new pressure from unions and an ongoing debate over whether the city’s hospitality and tourism industry is doing...