Meetings in New Orleans stay with attendees long after they’ve unpacked their suitcases and fired off their post-conference recap emails. Professionals who have done business in this city say that a gathering here is a professional game-changer—an event that will inspire free-flowing ideas and forge deep connections with people in your industry. Here’s how New Orleans makes meetings meaningful.
Break Bread Together
As one of the culinary capitals of the country, New Orleans is known for its world-class cuisine. Guests can bond over beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Or, visit one of the many James Beard Award winning restaurants for a more intimate gathering. Local highlights include the renowned Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter and the Convention District’s Compère Lapin. For a unique activity, attendees can take cooking classes to learn how to make authentic Cajun and Creole food—and bring the flavors home with them.
An event in New Orleans is both a business experience and a full-on cultural immersion. Encourage attendees to break down professional walls and build authentic, personal connections through sharing unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. Treat guests to an exclusive concert party at The Fillmore theatre or set them off on a night cruise along the Mississippi River with music and drinks. Other options include a second line parade, a party at Mardi Gras World and tours of the city’s art and architecture. And thanks to a new airport terminal, networking can continue to the very last minute—even for professionals traveling to different destinations. Together, all of these experiences ensure that your New Orleans business event goes beyond the fleeting moments and casual connections that happen in the buffet line at your average conference.
When partnering with New Orleans & Company (formerly the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau), meeting planners work closely with a team of local experts every step of the way. They have valuable vendor contacts and know how to find the best venues and accommodation to create impactful experiences for your attendees.