Aggie Canales -- Visit New Orleans
Aggie is the great granddaughter of a New Orleans streetcar conductor. Her grandparents spoke Cajun French as a first language and she can trace her roots to Acadia and beyond to France. She makes gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee that would make her ancestors proud. She minored in history “for the fun of it” and wrote a French Quarter walking tour based on the life of the pirate Jean Lafitte.
Every morning Aggie wakes in a renovated 1874 Victorian camelback, walks her twins to school in the Algiers Point Historic District (est. 1719) and then rides the ferry across the Mighty Mississippi to her office in the French Quarter. Having sampled the cultural highlights of 30 states and 18 countries, Aggie truly appreciates New Orleans' place among the great cities of the world and brings this passion to every event experience she creates. She also specializes is creating unique tour programs designed specifically for a group's interests and lends these talents to the Gray Line tour development team.
Aggie came to Visit New Orleans with 13 years experience in transportation, event planning, tours and tourism marketing. She began her career promoting Louisiana State Tourism to tour operators, travel agents and wholesalers through advertising programs, FAM tours and tradeshows. She then transitioned to the private sector, directing the sales and marketing efforts at the region's largest motor coach company for the next five years. A former board member of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, Aggie is in her third term on the board of the International Special Events Society - New Orleans chapter.