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New Orleans, LA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 150
Total Sleeping Rooms 26,335
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,622
Committable Meeting Rooms* 173
Convention Center Space 1,670,827 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 127,634 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $148
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $129
*Maximum for a single hotel

New Orleans, LA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent’s Meeting and Event Planning Guide to New Orleans, made for meeting professionals. As a top year-round tourist destination with a reputation as a warm and gracious host, New Orleans has attracted some of the largest conventions and events in the world. Knowing that most of the city's 22,000 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 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the more intimate meeting rooms of a French Quarter hotel, or the special ambiance of a Mississippi River steamboat, New Orleans has the perfect space to create a successful and memorable gathering. Invite 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 Pat O’s on the River’s two modern function spaces, the Grande Terrace and the Promenade, both of which afford spectacular views of the Mississippi River. Choose from one of 14 distinct private dining rooms at Antoine's Restaurant, which date back to 1840 – it’s the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. Antoine’s various dining rooms showcase 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 New Orleans Ernest N. 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 facility boasts 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space. Planners know it for its excellence in providing cutting-edge technological features such as state-of-the-art lighting, video and audio production facilities, satellite linking, video conferencing, and webcasting capabilities. Best of all, the center's award-winning catering staff prepares exceptional food in step with a city famous worldwide for its cuisine.

Located in the New Orleans Arts District, the New Orleans 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 National WWII Museum, the Louisiana Children's Museum, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, which opened its doors in 1911 and is 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 Harrah's, Capital One, Popeye's Fried Chicken, Smoothie King, Zatarain's, GE Capital, Chiquita, and Globalstar, 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 384,000 people and a greater metro area population of 1.25 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 53-story structure in the heart of the Central Business District, is the tallest building in the state and the city’s first skyscraper. At 52 stories, the Place St. Charles incorporates French Quarter-style balconies on the second floor along St. Charles Avenue. Other prominent New Orleans structures are the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Smoothie King Center, and the new and old city halls.

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 9.5 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, French Quarter Festival in April, the two-week-long New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, Essence Festival on July 4, Satchmo SummerFest in August, and Voodoo Art & Music Experience in October. 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 Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 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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