Transforming New Orleans

Convention Center District Development: Reimaging & Revitalizing

An exciting transformation is taking place which will revitalize the Convention Center district, bringing new entertainment, dining, arts and cultural opportunities to residents and visitors alike.

Design Elements Being Considered:

  • 47 acre mixed-use development.
  • Four-Star headquarters hotel.
  • Multi-modal transportation hub for shuttles and taxis.
  • Pedestrian park along Convention Center Boulevard.
  • Improved lighting and streetscape for shops, hotels, restaurants, museums and galleries.
  • New premier retail shopping options.
  • New fine and casual dining options.
  • High-rise residences with beautiful vistas of theMississippi River.
  • Direct access to the river with outdoor entertainment and gathering places.


Project Description:  47 acre mixed-use development anchored by a 1,200 room convention headquarters hotel, a linear park connecting the French Quarter, CBD, and Warehouse District, a multi-modal transportation hub, moving sidewalks and a demand based expansion of the Convention Center event space.

  • An independent economist, reporting the project to be the largest public/private development in the City's history, forecasted Phase I (hotel, Center expansion, retail/residential/entertainment) to have these impacts from:
    • Construction
      • $3.5 billion direct & indirect spending
      • 27,697 jobs
      • $71 million state taxes
      • $14 million city taxes
    • Annual Operational
      • $967 million direct spending
      • $588 million secondary spending
      • 14,378 jobs
      • $70 million state taxes
      • $50 million city taxes
      • $45 million other local taxes
  • All of the Center's traditional competitors, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Francisco have major visitor infrastructure developments underway or planned, and New Orleans will soon be at a competitive disadvantage.
  • New destinations are now a part of New Orleans competitive set with major visitor infrastructure developments underway or planned. (Austin, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Anaheim, San Diego, Denver) 
  • Provides an infinitely better experience for visitors, convention attendees, cruise passengers, and residents.
  • Delivers long sought after additional access to the Mississippi River for visitors and residents alike.
  • New generations demand conventions to be more experiential, as the linear park would provide, allowing New Orleans to continue to compete. 
  • Project will help attract and accommodate the additional 4 million new visitors called for in the Tourism Master Plan.

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