New Orleans will be tested again this week, but not by a hurricane. An annual National Association of Realtors conference, scheduled Nov. 10-13, is expected to draw about 30,000 attendees to the city -- that would make it the largest conference since Hurricane Katrina washed through the region last year. The next-largest meeting since the storm, the American Library Association Conference, drew about 18,000 attendees and 750 exhibitors in June. The annual NAR Conference and Expo -- dubbed "NARdi Gras" -- is expected to bring about $35 million to $40 million in revenue for local businesses and the city. The National Association of Realtors has about 1.34 million members. Besides the throngs of brokers, agents, vendors and other real estate industry professionals who are expected to attend, the guest list includes two former U.S. presidents, a star singer, a famous cookie chef, a vacuum salesman, and two authors who write about keys to business success. Former presidents George H.W. Bu...
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