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Arabspring: New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The New Orleans metropolitan area had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States. The New Orleans Combined with the Statistical Area, which is a larger trading area, in the year of 2010, the  population was 1,452,502

Tourism is another staple of the city’s economy. Perhaps more visible than any other sector, New Orleans’ tourist and convention industry is a $5.5 billion juggernaut that accounts for 40% of New Orleans’ tax revenues. In 2004, the hospitality industry employed 85,000 people, making it New Orleans’ top economic sector as measured by employment totals. The city also hosts the World Cultural Economic Forum. The forum, held annually at the New Orleans Moral Convention Center, is directed toward promoting cultural and economic development opportunities through the strategic convening of cultural ambassadors and leaders from around the world

Translation: Dina Masry