I had the chance two weeks ago to visit New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. I have seen the footage on CNN and there is no video that can begin to give you an idea of the massive extent of the devastation. I drove through the lower 9th ward and you drive for miles with nothing but destruction.
But in the midst of it all you see the locals trying to bring the city back and rebuild. I applaud the senior management at Starwood who decided who hold our conference there and help the local economy. I would beg everyone who is planning an offsite conference get together or and business outing to have it in New Orleans. Please help this city and the wonderful people who are there day after day trying facing down this unbelievable task.