About The Site
We created Experience New Orleans to showcase the positive side of our city in 1994, after discovering that so many people we met online had a terrible perception of New Orleans. The press has always portrayed New Orleans as a city for adults only, one where everyone lives in the French Quarter, drinking and catching beads from balconies; where women draped in Mardi Gras beads rendezvous in the French Quarter, where no parades pass.
But we wanted everyone to know the city where we grew up--the New Orleans we'd never leave, a city with brilliant chefs, delicious Cajun and Creole food, European architecture, swamps, steamboat cruises on the Mississippi, plantation homes open to the public, and festivals year-round celebrating everything from strawberries to oysters.
Not to mention the music. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, and live bands and street performers serenade you as you walk down the street. Some of our most celebrated festivals include Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest, where everyone enjoys music and food for days.
Once Experience New Orleans was born, it grew to include information for visitors and expert recommendations from us as 5th-generation New Orleanians. The site's featured businesses are those we can recommend from experience; our only banner ads are for upcoming festivals.
Soon, the website ExperienceNewOrleans.com grew to include MardiGrasNewOrleans.com. Mardi Gras New Orleans continues to be covered by both online and offline press, and featured the first live broadcast of Mardi Gras, with interviews from Anne Rice, Delta Burke, Francis Ford Coppola, and more. We are thrilled to showcase the positive side of Mardi Gras--the one that we, as locals, love!
As New Orleans businesses needed help creating a web presence, they contacted us. We then founded Compucast Web, now a full-service web design and Internet marketing firm specializing in providing custom programming solutions and interactive marketing to our local tourism industry.
Compucast Web now employs a group of dedicated, New Orleans-loving employees with over 100 combined years of Internet experience, and over 70 in the tourism industry. Word-of-mouth advertising is the key to our growth, and is based solely on our personal service and commitment to excellence. After Katrina, Compucast was awarded the Small Business Association's "Small Business Champion of the Year" for the State of Louisiana in its category, after being nominated by a representative of the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association. We were also a finalist for the Stevie Awards (the online Oscars) for our New Orleans marketing after Katrina. These awards are a testament to and recognition of our sustained commitment to the New Orleans area.
Our network of sites now includes a site just for kids, NewOrleansKids.com, which was born as we realized emails to us showed that people believed they could not visit the city if they were not over 18 or were Christian. We continued to create sites promoting the New Orleans we know and love:
We hope you enjoy your visit to New Orleans! Please let us know if we can be of any help.