Touring New Orleans

March 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 2

1. Award-winning destination

New Orleans cuisine isn’t the only thing spicing up the city. America’s most authentic city, welcoming nearly 10 million visitors annually, New Orleans hosts major events such as Mardi Gras, Essence Music Festival, Jazz Fest, Super Bowls, and Final Four games, in addition to hundreds of prominent conventions.

2. Cuisine

Time in New Orleans isn’t kept in hours or days but in meals. When dining in New Orleans, experience a culinary adventure that spans a wide array of cuisines. From Cajun and Creole to soul and contemporary French, award-winning chefs create food for your taste buds and nourishment for your soul.

3. Walkable downtown

Great for attendee networking, New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint with hotels conveniently close to meeting facilities and the French Quarter and attractions, which offers a true destination experience.

4. Distinctively different neighborhoods

Immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the Marigny, experience the historic architecture of the French Quarter, or enjoy the modern luxury and convenience of the downtown area. All of our neighborhoods are easily accessible to convention facilities, world-famous restaurants, and attractions.

5. Music

Music is how New Orleans’ first settlers found common ground, and no other city loves music more. Jazz, America’s only original art form, was born here, while rhythm and blues, gospel, Cajun, and Zydeco all express the diversity of its heritage.

6. Art and architecture

Countless architectural gems await you in New Orleans. In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States—elements as varied as a paddlewheeler, the city’s public transportation system, and a pirate’s den. The Arts District is a vibrant community of galleries and has been called the SoHo of the South, and the work of local artisans is available throughout the city.

7. Rich history and culture

New Orleans has been lovingly referred to as the “northernmost Caribbean city.” Its multicultural founding and unique history—from revolutionaries to witches to debutantes—support that. And you only have to experience the beautiful weather, picturesque waterscapes, and friendly locals to believe it.

8. Sports and outdoor recreation

The climate allows for plenty of outdoor adventures and activities in and around the Crescent City. New Orleans offers year-round golf as well as memorable swamp tours conducted in local bayous. For the fans, check out memoribilia of the NBA New Orleans Pelicans in the centrally located Smoothie King Center or score a seat in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch the New Orleans Saints.

9. Central location

Conveniently situated in the south-central U.S., New Orleans is ideal for travelers. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from the downtown area. Amtrak runs three train lines to the city’s Union Passenger Terminal downtown, and Pullman Rail Journeys offers a luxury travel experience from Chicago to New Orleans.

10. Hollywood South

A mild climate, unique setting, and generous tax incentives are just a few of the reasons that New Orleans is beating out Los Angeles and New York City as a filming favorite. Come see where some of your favorite movies and TV shows were shot. You might even run into a few celebrities!