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New Orleans, LA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 125
Total Sleeping Rooms 24,636
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,622
Committable Meeting Rooms* 71
Convention Center Space 1,100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 127,634 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 126,887 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $138
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $285
*Maximum for a single hotel

New Orleans, LA Meeting Planning Overview

As a top year-round tourist destination with a reputation as a warm and gracious host, New Orleans has attracted the largest conventions and events in the world. Knowing that most of the city's 25,000 hotel rooms are located in and around downtown and the French Quarter, convention planners have no problem arranging convenient lodging for attendees.

Whether an event needs all the exhibit space in the Superdome, the more intimate meeting rooms of a Caribbean-style hotel or the special ambiance of a Mississippi River steamboat, New Orleans has the perfect space to create a successful and memorable gathering. Gather attendees for an extravagant cocktail party in the historic Elms Mansion decorated with hand-carved marble, 24-karat gold sconces and elegant hardwood floors. Host a seated dinner in one of Ray's on the River's four modern function spaces, all of which afford spectacular views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline. Choose from one of 15 distinct private dining rooms at Antoine's Restaurant, which dates back to 1840 and showcases memorabilia from many distinguished patrons including Judy Garland, President Roosevelt and Pope John Paul II. New Orleans offers endless unique venue possibilities!

In addition to offering numerous special New Orleans event venues, the city is also the site of the Morial Convention Center, long recognized as one of the top convention centers in America. After $60 million in restoration work and several million more in renovation upgrades, the center has enjoyed a robust recovery after Hurricane Katrina and is better than ever. The 3.1-million-square-foot facility is known for its excellence in providing cutting-edge technological features such as state-of-the-art lighting, video and audio production facilities, satellite linking, videoconferencing and webcasting capabilities. Best of all, the center's award-winning catering staff prepares exceptional foods in step with a city known worldwide for its cuisine.

Located in the New Orleans Arts District, the Morial Convention Center is in the middle of dozens of art galleries and museums and within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants, shops, bars and jazz clubs in the French Quarter. It's easy for visitors to connect with river cruises, walking tours of the city's beautiful historic districts, boat tours of swamps and nighttime tours of the haunted hotels and restaurants of the French Quarter. Also scattered throughout the city are world-class museums such as the Louisiana State Museum, the Louisiana Children's Museum and the 1911 New Orleans Museum of Art, home to one of the nation's largest glass collections. The Audubon Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country, and the Aquarium of the Americas is rated among the top 5 in the nation.

New Orleans is also home to top research institution Tulane University, located in the Uptown District. The headquarters of Fortune 500 giant Entergy Corporation calls New Orleans home, and many companies, including AT&T, IBM, Harrah's, Capital One, Popeye's Fried Chicken and Zatarain's, have a significant presence in the city.

About New Orleans, LA / Additional Info

New Orleans is one of the few cities in the world where just saying the name conjures strong images and feelings, and, for those who have visited, the "Big Easy" creates a deep longing to return. Known also as the "Crescent City," New Orleans spreads out across both sides of a bend in the Mississippi River 110 miles upstream from the Gulf of Mexico. Founded by the French in 1718, it was ceded to the Spanish Empire in 1763 and reverted back to French control in 1801. The back-and-forth fighting ended two years later when the United States bought France's vast North American holdings as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase. No longer a spoil of war, New Orleans entered a time of unprecedented growth as wagon trains carried millions of immigrants to the new western territories.

Today, with a city population of 380,000 people and a greater metro area population of 1.2 million people, New Orleans is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world and accounts for much of the nation's refinery and production of petroleum. The New Orleans skyline is dominated by 30 buildings that measure over 20 stories tall. One Shell Square, a 51-story structure in the heart of the Central Business District, is the tallest building in the city and the state. At 48 feet shorter, the Capital One Tower incorporates French Quarter-style balconies at street level along St. Charles Avenue. Although the 45-story Plaza Tower is not the city's tallest building, it is a prominent landmark due to its eclectic design and location outside of the main grouping of skyscrapers in the district. Other prominent New Orleans structures are the Louisiana Superdome, the New Orleans Arena and the city's new and old city halls.

Even after the devastating economic and physical blow dealt by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has made a heroic recovery. With each passing month, New Orleans heals more of its wounds. In fact, many agree that the city is on track to become bigger and better than ever before.

Just six months after the 2005 disaster, musicians were again prancing down Bourbon Street during the annual Mardi Gras celebration. New Orleans remains a hotspot for cultural tourism, with over one million people flocking to the city each year to experience its multicultural heritage, unique personality and unparalleled treasures of music and cuisine.

A fun-loving city, New Orleans is the gracious host of some of the country's most famous events including Mardi Gras in February/March, the two-week-long New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, the Essence Festival on July 4, the French Quarter Festival in April and Super Bowls in January/February. Any day of the year, visitors can start off the morning with coffee and a mouthwatering beignet followed by a cruise on an authentic Mississippi riverboat. The young and old will enjoy exploring the mysteries of Southern Louisiana's primeval swamps and bayous or simply sitting down to a Cajun or Creole meal prepared by the finest chefs in America. Other New Orleans musts include shopping at the French Market, browsing through the Riverwalk Marketplace, having lunch or dinner at Muriel's, spending an evening of entertainment at one of the many French Quarter music clubs, riding on a New Orleans streetcar and relaxing with a refreshing New Orleans Hurricane cocktail from Pat O'Brien's.

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