NEW ORLEANS (April 11, 2017) – Last week, New Orleans was selected as a main broadcast location for Australia’s popular weekday morning news program Sunrise, as part of the show’s first ever “Mystery Tour.” New Orleans was selected to be part of the “Southern States” segment and competed against Nashville and Atlanta for the main broadcast. This broadcast was the direct result of an opportunity that the CVB began cultivating months ago with the destination marketing agency, Brand USA.
The final stages of our work began on Monday, April 3rd, when Sunrise set out on an epic, five-day American “Mystery Tour,” allowing their viewers to vote for the destinations they wanted to send their Sunrise anchors David Koch and Samantha Armytage. In just five days, the Sunrise crew hit Hawaii, California, Nevada, Texas and the ‘Southern States.’ Australian viewers had 24 hours in between each morning show to vote for the next destination. Fifteen locations across the U.S. were chosen overall and the location with the most votes each day received a main broadcast.
The ‘Southern States’ was the final stop on the Sunrise “Mystery Tour,” with New Orleans, Nashville and Atlanta on the list. New Orleans won the majority of votes from viewers back home in Australia, making the Crescent City the backdrop for the live morning broadcast on the April 7th show.
The live broadcast was staged at Washington Artillery Park amid the first day of French Quarter Fest with the iconic St. Louis Cathedral as the backdrop on the afternoon of Thursday, April 6th, Friday morning in Sydney, Australia. New Orleans pulled out all the stops for the Sunrise broadcast with an impressive lineup of talent including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mardi Gras Indians, Audubon Nature Institute alligators, a Brennan’s bananas Foster demo, Café Du Monde beignets and a tarot card reading. The morning show wrapped on a high note with a New Orleans second line led by Dancing Man 504 and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
“… The city looked terrific and we expect this exposure to drive visits from down under to New Orleans,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
With thanks to the NOCVB for the press release.
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