Business Corner


Travel South International Showcase – Charlotte, NC – November 30-December 2 2015

Leslie Straughan and Kim Priez attended the 4th Annual Travel South International Showcase.  This is a boutique show built in part with the Rhythms of the South Partnership (New Orleans, Atlanta and Nashville), and is dedicated to increasing international tourism to the Southern United States.  The team met with 50+ International Tour Operators, Travel Agents and Media, as well as attended both the Louisiana Japanese and International client dinners during the event.

External Affairs

DECA Speaking Event – November 2015

Jeff Anding was invited to speak to 400 high school students on careers in the hospitality industry through a partnership with DECA and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.  DECA, previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.  The attendees were from various local New Orleans high schools.  

Holiday Breakfast – December 4, 2015
In December, we hosted more than 100 members at a Holiday Breakfast. We held the event to say thank you to our members for their support all year and to wish them a happy holiday season. 12 Seasons Catering provided a fantastic buffet breakfast and we gave each member a CVB logoed umbrella as thank you gift.  We also collected Teddy Bears for Arnaud’s Second Annual Teddy Bear Program, where more than 120 Teddy Bears were collected.
Holiday Party – December 10, 2015
Once again, we partnered with the LA Restaurant Association, Greater New Orleans Chapter and the Greater N.O. Hotel and Lodging Association to host the Hospitality Industry Holiday Party. Messina’s at the Terminal of the Lakefront Airport was selected as the host location and Messina’s catered the event. We also partnered with Limousine Livery to offer complimentary shuttle service to Messina’s from the New Orleans Marriott. More than 550 people attended and enjoyed this event.

Public Affairs

Career Fair- January 19, 2016

The January Flash Career Fair brought out several employers from across the industry.  The NOCVB partnered with Councilmember Jared Brossett to host the career fair in his district at Sidney Collier at Delgado on January 19th.

Career Fair- February 17, 2016

The NOCVB partnered with Councilmember LaToya Cantrell to host a career fair at The Kinsley House on February 17th.
Young Leadership Council - Power Ties- October 23, 2015 and October 30, 2015
The NOCVB joined the Young Leadership Council in promoting their “Power Ties” career awareness campaign through a Career Day and Job Site Visit.  John Tiano participated in Career Day, at an off -campus site where mock "potential employers" met with students to test their interview skills and conducted workshops on dining etiquette, office skills and writing thank you notes.  The Job Site Visit event prompted students to visit a company or organization that matched one of their top five career interests. They learned about the company, different career paths and the work environment. They shared lunch with their hosts to further their understanding of this particular industry.