The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 1 2009
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009 1 “New Orleans is Great” was the consensus of a group of industry journalists who visited the Crescent City in December. For most it was their first trip to New Orleans since Katrina’s rage in 2005. Some had expressed concern about the city’s ability to host Clean ’09 June 18- 21. They were pleasantly surprised. With the pride, dedication, devotion and enthusiasm of its citizens, the heart of New Orleans has rebounded beautifully and is “better than ever” according to most visitors. Morial Convention Center, where Clean ’09 will take place, is totally refurbished with new paint and carpet, and all new signage in the lobbies and outside the meeting rooms. The Warehouse/Arts District around the convention center is vibrant with new attractions, restaurants and freshly renovated hotels. Visitors were especially impressed with the city’s famous French Quarter. The new company contracted to clean its streets has done such a good job that its owner has become one of the city’s greatest celebrities. He is often applauded by residents when he enters a restaurant, according to convention bureau guides who accompanied the journalists. Gone are the unpleasant odours of before; the streets are cleaned with scented water. Known for its outstanding food, the Quarter boasts more restaurants than pre-Katrina days. So the journalists could see how much progress has been made in the inner city, they also visited two areas that were the hardest hit by Katrina – the Lakeview District where the 17th Street levy broke, and the Lower Ninth Ward that was completely flooded. These areas, which most visitors will never see, put a heartbreaking perspective on what happened in 2005. They are recovering slowly in patches, but progress is being made with the help of grants, donations, volunteers and the strong will of its citizens. Perhaps some Clean ’09 attendees will take time to see these communities. The Clean Show, (formally known as the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning), is the largest textile care trade show in the world featuring working equipment and products for all segments of the industry, and over 40 hours of educational programming. It is sponsored by six national industry associations: Association for Linen Management, Coin Laundry Association, Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, Textile Care Allied Trades Association, Textile Rental Services Association of America, and Uniform and Textile Service Association. For more information about Clean ’09, visit its web site at www.cleanshow.com or contact its show management company: Riddle & Associates, Suite 360-C, 1874 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324 United States of America Ph: +1 404-876 -1988 Fax +1 404-876-5121 Email firstname.lastname@example.org NEW ORLEANS IS READY FOR CLEAN ‘09 Clean ’09 – World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning June 18-21, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana USA Clean Show ‘07 in Las Vegas attracted thousands of visitors from across the globe.
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