Hurricane Katrina may have washed away New Orleans' booming tourism sector, but 10 years later, the city's hospitality industry is standing strong.
In 2004, a record 10.1 million people visited New Orleans, spending more than $4.9 billion on hotels, restaurants and local attractions, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In the wake of Katrina, the number of tourists shriveled to to 3.7 million, down a startling 63 percent. Spending numbers also shrank, with visitors shelling out 42 percent less in 2006 than in 2004.
Tourism in New Orleans was back to square one.
Ten years on, the city has seen a renaissance. In 2014, more than 9.5 million visitors traveled to New Orleans, pouring $6.8 billion into the local economy.