Create a memorable experience for attendees and leave a legacy that lives on well beyond the close of business.
New Orleans hosts many annual conventions, meetings, special events and festivals with record-breaking attendance. It’s a destination where industries intersect, collaboration blooms and new ideas are born—every day.
Rich, unique culture
No other American city can match the legacy of New Orleans. A 300+-year-old culture and the country’s largest collection of National Historic Districts, the city’s roots are influenced by French and Spanish architecture and the soulful sounds of jazz. Today, the flavors of New Orleans play host to the most James Beard award-winning chefs per capita in the U.S.
These cultural influences extend to the conference attendee’s experience. Breakout sessions might include cooking classes, Mardi Gras-themed events or river cruises along the Mississippi River. Attendees take these one-of-a-kind experiences home with them and infuse the destination’s passion and creative spirit into their work.
Accessible and easy to get around
Logistical considerations in regards to travel are always important for event planners, and New Orleans is up for the challenge. It’s one of the country’s most walkable cities, with more than 24,000 sleeping accommodations within a two-mile radius of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. And new developments are underway, including a $1 billion world-class airport terminal opening in Fall 2019.
Painless planning and execution
Local experts at New Orleans & Company (formerly the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau) can help you with every aspect of your meeting. Starting with finding the right hotel to fit your RFP, your dedicated New Orleans expert can save you time and energy, helping you select hotels, identify venues that fit your needs, send leads for a variety of vendors—no need for planners to contact dozens of vendors individually. Plus, complimentary marketing tools and a dedicated Group PR team set the standard for convention and meeting marketing and attendance building resources.
No matter the size of your event, there’s plenty of accommodation and convention space available. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center offers 1.1 million contiguous square feet of exhibit space. That’s not all: It’s currently undergoing a $557 million capital improvement, bringing more dining, entertainment, retail, transportation and hotel options.
Professionals have conducted business in New Orleans for more than 300 years. Make your next corporate event a part of the city’s history.