New Orleans is an authentic destination—a unique blend of Caribbean, French, African and Spanish influences that gave life to its music, food and culture. With world-class meeting facilities and a dedicated community of tourism and meetings professionals, this city is ready to welcome your big business with small town charm and warm hospitality.
The Crescent City consistently works to provide the latest resources for meeting planners and attendees through technological advancements in its facilities and attractions, as well as upgrades to accommodations and transportation. TransitHub, a free mobile application providing real-time public transit updates for visitors, now offers services for New Orleans, making streetcar and bus travel more convenient for attendees. In addition, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Aviation Board have announced plans to build a brand new, state-of-the-art airport terminal for the city, slated for completion in 2018.
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is one of the largest, most technologically advanced convention centers in the country. The center boasts an exquisite 60,000-square-foot Great Hall, a brand new entrance, and an overhanging high-definition, customizable video display board. The Rivergate Room, one of the largest ballrooms available at the center, provides more than 4,660 sq. ft. of pre-function space, adding to the 1.1 million sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. This latest round of upgrades features several customizable amenities, providing more options for groups of all sizes. Customizable audio, lighting and video projector systems are all available to meeting and event planners, and will bring your meeting to the next level.
This city also offers a new, multipurpose environment for meetings and medical professionals with the creation of BioDistrict New Orleans. Home to the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, the Louisiana Cancer Research Center and The University Medical Center, BioDistrict New Orleans aims to provide cutting edge resources for advancement in the medical field. The 1,500-acre district spans the Downtown and Mid-City areas of New Orleans, a central locale allowing regional and global healthcare delivery, as well as a space for use of incoming groups.
New Orleans currently has 263 hotels and 37,100 hotel rooms. Of those rooms, 22,000 are located within one mile of the Morial Convention Center, and among nearly 1,400 restaurants, tours and unique attractions. Of these hotels, several will receive enhancements to better accommodate meeting attendees. In 2014, the Hampton Inn & Suites is scheduled to complete a $10 million renovation, the Loews New Orleans will renovate its guest rooms and corridors, the Queen and Crescent will finish a complete renovation of the hotel with the debut of a brand new restaurant, and the W New Orleans will complete a $30 million renovation of its guest rooms, lobby, meeting spaces and restaurant.
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
2020 Saint Charles AvenueA
New Orleans, LA 70130
-The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau represents more than 1,100 members, including world-class hotels, convention facilities, restaurants and attractions.
-The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has 140 meeting rooms, a 4,000-seat theater, a 36,448-square-foot ballroom and a 60,300-square-foot ballroom.
-A Wireless Array solution provides high-density wireless network service to public spaces, meeting rooms, the New Orleans Theater, The Great Hall and a pre-function area. The system is capable of serving 20,000 users simultaneously.
Getting There: New Orleans is serviced by the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).