What's New in New Orleans' Hospitality Industry - July 2014


  • IndyCar, the premier American-based open-wheel racing series, will race in the New Orleans area for the first time in 2015. The open-wheel race will come to the 2.75-mile road course at the private NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans. The $60 million NOLA Motorsports Park opened in 2011. www.nolamotor.com
  • The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk reopened its doors on May 22, 2014 as the nation's first outlet center in the heart of a downtown. The facility underwent a $70 million renovation that expanded its footprint by 50,000 square feet to nearly 250,000 square feet. The space is leased by a mix of national and local retailers including Coach Factory Store, Forever 21 and Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus. www.riverwalkmarketplace.com
  • The 10th annual COOLinary New Orleans, New Orleans' restaurant month, will take place from August 1-31, 2014. More than 50 world-class restaurants will offer special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and/or three-course dinner menus for $35 or less. The event commemorates the renowned and authentic cuisine of New Orleans and its expanding culinary community, which currently boasts more than 1,400 restaurants. www.coolinaryneworleans.com
  • The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) will reopen in its new location at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on September 29, 2014. The former Dryades Market will be converted into the home of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the award-winning, unique museum of culinary culture and history. Plans for the building include the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery, and the Gallery of the States. The Gallery of the States will feature exhibits which transport visitors on a culinary journey to the other states of the South and the District of Columbia. www. southernfood.org
  • Aunt Sally's Creole Pralines offers a new Historic Creole Praline Tasting Tour at their store at 750 St. Charles Avenue. This one hour in-store tour highlights the interesting history of Aunt Sally's Pralines in New Orleans, and focuses on the beginning of the company in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Visitors can taste Aunt Sally's praline delights as they watch highly skilled praline cooks create a true New Orleans confection and candy in the traditional way. www.auntsallys.com

  2014 Festivals and Events

  • 80th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl/Jan. 2
  • Rock N' Roll Marathon/Feb. 2
  • Zulu Lundi Gras Festival/March 3
  • 25th Annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza with Rex/March 3
  • Mardi Gras Day/March 4
    Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival/March 19-23
  • The BUKU Music + Art Project/March 21-22
  • Congo Square/New World Rhythms Festival/March 22-23
  • Spring Fiesta/March 22-30
  • New Orleans Roadfood Festival/March 28
  • Louisiana Oyster Jubilee/March 29
  • French Quarter Festival/April 10-13
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell/April 25-May 4
  • Zoo To Do for Kids/May 2
  • Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo/May 16-18
  • New Orleans Wine and Food Experience/May 21-24
  • Greek Festival/ May 23-25
  • New Orleans Oyster Festival/ May 31-June 1
  • Creole Tomato Festival/ June 7-8
  • Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival/June 14-15
  • FestiGals/June 19-22
  • New Orleans Pride Festival/June 20-22
  • ESSENCE Music Festival/July 3-6
  • San Fermin in Nueva Orleans/July 12
  • Tales of the Cocktail/July 16-20
  • Satchmo SummerFest/July 31-Aug. 3
  • COOLinary New Orleans/Aug. 1-31
  • Whitney White Linen Night/Aug. 2
  • Dirty Linen Night/Aug. 9
  • New Orleans Red Dress Run/Aug. 9
  • Southern Decadence Festival/Aug. 27-Sept. 1
  • New Orleans Burlesque Festival/Sept. 18-21
  • Old Algiers River Fest/ Sept. TBD
  • Gretna Heritage Festival/Oct. 3-5
  • Art for Arts' Sake/ Oct. TBD
  • New Orleans Film Festival/Oct. 16-23
  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival/Oct. 17-19
  • Louisiana Seafood Festival/ Oct. TBD
  • Celebracion Latina/ Oct. TBD
  • Voodoo Music + Art Experience/Oct. 31-Nov. 2
  • Asian Pacific American Society Festival/Nov. 1
  • Bayou Bacchanal/ Nov. 1
  • Oak Street Poboy Festival/ Nov. TBD
  • Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival/Nov. 8-9
  • New Orleans Fringe Festival/ Nov. 19-23
  • Christmas New Orleans Style/December

Meetings and Conventions

Meetings (3,000 or more in attendance) in 2014 include:

  • National Automobile Dealers Association/Jan. 24-27
  • World of Wheels/Feb. 7-9
  • New Orleans Gift and Jewelry show/Jan. 24-27
  • New Orleans Comic Con/Feb. 7-9
  • LIMU International Convention/March 7-8
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons/March 11-15
  • International Sleep Products Association/March 26-29
  • Access Intelligence/April 1-3
  • New Orleans Dental Conference/April 3-5
  • National School Boards Association/April 5-7
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics/April 9-12
  • American Association of Orthodontics/April 25-29
  • International Reading Association/May 9-12
  • International Jewelry Fair/ General Merchandise Show/May 16-19
  • National Science Teachers Association (STEM Forum)/May 14-17
  • Institute of Food Technologists/June 21-24
  • National Association of Counties/July 11-14
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks/July 13-17
  • Association of Locksmiths of America/July 19-26
  • Louisiana Restaurant Association/Aug. 2-4
  • MechaConVII/Aug. 1-3
  • New Orleans Gift and Jewelry Show/Aug. 15-18
  • New York Life Insurance Company/Aug. 24-27
  • National Baptist Convention/Sept. 1-5
  • Infor Global Solutions/Sept. 15-18
  • International Facility Management Association/Sept. 17-19
  • Water Environment Federation/Sept. 27-Oct. 1
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists/Oct. 11-15
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene/Nov. 2-6
  • National Association of REALTORS/Nov. 7-10
  • International Jewelry Fair/ General Merchandise Show/Nov. 6-9
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Nov. 16-21
  • American Public Health Association/Nov. 15-19
  • International Workboat Show/Dec. 3-5


  • The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport announced that low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will add two new destinations from New Orleans. On August 1, 2014, Spirit Airlines will begin a daily non-stop flight from New Orleans to Houston and Ft. Lauderdale with their all-Airbus fleet. The flight to Ft. Lauderdale is timed to allow for their many connections to Central America from that city. The new daily flight to Houston will depart New Orleans at 10:12 a.m. The daily flight to Ft. Lauderdale will depart New Orleans at 7:58 p.m. www.flymsy.com
  • Southwest Airlines continues to expand its air service offerings at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport with the announcement of new service to Washington's Regan National Airport (DCA). In this most recent announcement, Southwest will begin service to DCA beginning August 10, 2014. The new twice daily service will depart New Orleans at 7:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. and arrive in Washington at 11:05 a.m. and 6:25 p.m. respectively. The return flights will leave our nation's capital at 9:00 a.m. and 6:05 p.m.; arriving in New Orleans at 12:05 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. www.swamedia.com


  • New Orleans' tourism industry welcomed 9.28 million visitors in 2013, an increase of three percent, or about 272,000 people, from 2012 (9.01 million). The 9.28 million visitors spent $6.47 billion, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012 and the highest spending in the city's history, according to a study released in April 2014. 42.5 percent of New Orleans visitors were in town for the first time; 57.5 percent were repeat visitors, and overnight visitation from top feeder markets outside of Louisiana were: Texas, Florida, California and Mississippi. www.neworleanscvb.com


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