Welcome to New Orleans

March 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 2

Why wear a badge lanyard when you can wear beads?

We are so excited to be back in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, September 15-18! Drawing more than 5,000 otolaryngologists, medical experts, and health professionals from around the world, the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is the premier event for the specialty. Attend groundbreaking education sessions, grow your connections, and discover the latest in technology, tools, and devices that can be utilized on a daily basis, all in one place. Mark your calendars now because registration will open in May. All AAO-HNS members will receive a special registration rate.

As New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial, this September is the ideal time to experience the city. Thanks to the support and dedication of visitors and locals alike, New Orleans is experiencing a true economic and cultural renaissance. From the development of a new world-class airport opening this summer, a reenergizing billion-dollar project along the riverfront, to small independent businesses in the eclectic, historic neighborhoods of Tremé, Bywater, Magazine Street, and Faubourg Marigny, business and culture are booming.

MORE THAN 5,000 otolaryngologists, medical experts, and health professionals from around the world


GROW YOUR CONNECTIONS with the latest in TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS, and DEVICES all in one place

Registration opens in May. All AAO-HNS members receive a special registration rate.

Whether this is your first time in the city or you’re a repeat visitor, you owe it to your soul to immerse yourself in the rich culture and enjoy all that this vibrant, jazzy, and authentic city has to offer.

New Orleans lingers on the threshold between the Old World and the New, between history and legend. With its richly mottled old buildings, its sly, sophisticated—sometimes almost disreputable—air, and its Hispanic-Gallic traditions, New Orleans has more of the flavor of an old European capital than an American city. Townhouses in the French Quarter, with their courtyards and carriageways, are thought by some scholars to be related on a small scale to certain Parisian “hotels”—princely urban residences of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Visitors particularly remember the decorative cast iron balconies that cover many of these townhouses like ornamental filigree cages. The street names are French and Spanish, the Creole architecture comes in a carnival of tropical colors, and its voodoo is a Caribbean import. The magic is irresistible.

New Orleans is a city with perfect pitch. Their affair with music and dance began in eighteenth century ballrooms, at the old French Opera House, and Congo Square (now the site of Louis Armstrong Park). Jazz streams out into the moonlight, French doors open to the night breezes, sweet olive scents the air. Nearby there is laughter, a cork popping, and café brûlot aflame.

Come and experience the most celebrated and historic core of the city—including the Faubourg Marigny, the French Quarter, the Central Business District, the Warehouse and Arts District, the Magazine Street corridor, the Garden District, and the beautiful St. Charles Avenue, lined with shady oaks, stately homes, and historic mansions. New Orleans is a place like no other, a sensory overload with an authentic spirit, a way of life that began three centuries ago and remains today.

On the indulgent side, New Orleans has an abundance of Zen-like spas, champagne, and chocolates at four-star hotels and gustatory feasts at some of the world’s most original and satisfying restaurants. This city has it all—the funky, the retro, the southern, the edge—basically, the cultural mix known to the globe’s most international “it” cities.

We invite you to explore New Orleans this September and join your colleagues for the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Visit www.entannualmeeting.org for the latest conference information details. Come and get ready to “laissez les bon temps rouler,” let the good times roll!