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NOLA to host top travel trade show in 2016

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Stephen Perry says it will be great timing for promotion of New Orleans' tricentennial in 2018.

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