Good Visitor Guide to New Orleans

Last year, there were almost 18 million visitors to New Orleans, the sheer number of which put immense stress on our neighborhoods and cultural traditions--particularly those not equipped to handle large numbers of tourists.  Developed with direct input from musicians, artists, neighborhood residents, traditional culture bearers, the Good Visitor’s Guide to New Orleans will help to mitigate these impacts offering simple, direct, and practical advice on topics like second line etiquette, safety, and neighborhood courtesy. Most visitors don’t want to disrupt the lives of residents; rather, they want to experience New Orleans like locals do. This guide will help them do that, while also taking pressure off those that actually live here.

The Good Visitor’s Guide also has a special section dedicated to tipping.  In New Orleans, many musicians and most service industry workers make much of their living off of tips. In fact, minimum wage for tipped workers is only $2.13 an hour, so proper tipping is essential.  The Guide breaks down tipping for bands, street performers, bartenders, hotel staff, restaurant workers, tour guides and more. If every tourist in New Orleans tipped just $5 more per visit, an additional $90 million would go directly into the pockets of musicians and service industry workers.

Download a PDF of the Good Visitor Guide here.

We are working to develop a full distribution strategy throughout the city.