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Innovations & New Developments in New Orleans

New Orleans has a proud history of creativity which is evident in our food music art and culture. We also have an innovative spirit that is seen across the hospitality industry and in business. The combination of the two are what make us Built To Host. These are just a few of the exciting developments happening now in New Orleans.

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

The new, $1 billion world-class terminal complex at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is the first new terminal of its kind to be built in more than a decade. The new 972,000-square-foot terminal, which completely replaced the old facility, features three concourses, 35 gates, improved passenger experience with a consolidated checkpoint for ease and efficiency going through security, an in-line baggage system where passengers can drop off their checked baggage at the ticket counters.  New food, beverage, news, gift and specialty retail options include local icons like Emeril's, Fleurty Girl, Dirty Coast and MoPho in addition to nationally recognized brands.


New Orleans is home to hundreds of hotels, hostels and B&B’s (26,000 downtown hotel rooms and counting!) with more opening and/or renovating every year. Whether you’re looking to live luxuriously, immerse yourself in history or simply rest your head at eco-conscious hotels, these new places to stay give you somewhere unique to reenergize. Almost $1 billion dollars in renovations have been recently completed and are anticipated to begin in our hotel community.

Caesars Hotel render Square

Caesars Hotel & Casino New Orleans

Coming 2024

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. is investing $325 million to renovate and rebrand Harrah’s Hotel and Casino with additional plans for a 340-room hotel tower by 2024. In addition to this, the Superdome has been renamed the Caesars Superdome.

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Four Seasons Hotel & Residences

Now Open

The first Four Seasons-branded property in New Orleans is now open in the former World Trade Center building along the Mississippi Riverfront. The 34-story, mixed-use development houses a 341-key hotel on the lower floors and 81 luxury condominiums on the upper floors. The property includes two restaurants, approximately 22,500 square feet of meeting space, a spa and fitness center, a roof-top pool and bar area, and a cultural museum. A two-story roof-top cupola on floors 33 and 34 will be used as a public observation floor and roof deck.

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Virgin Hotel Exterior Rendering

Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Now Open

Virgin Hotels New Orleans located in the Warehouse District at 550 Baronne Street, sits directly next to the Central Business District close to a growing number of new restaurants, galleries and shops. The property features over 200 chambers, multiple dining and drinking outlets such as the brand’s signature Commons Club and Funny Library Coffee Shop, a rooftop pool and lounge, gym and dedicated meetings and event spaces. Common spaces like the lush rooftop pool deck and the Jazz Age-inspired Commons Club inspire curiosity and exploration around every turn.

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King Brasserie - Kimpton Hotel Fontenot Square

Kimpton Hotel Fontenot


The New Kimpton Hotel Fontenot and King Brasserie's Restaurant pays homeage to the city's rich musical history and the inspirational musicians behind it. With a prime location just blocks from the Central Business District and the French Quarter, the project converted an existing hotel into a 202-room property. The hotel, at the intersection of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas Streets, attracts a broad spectrum of travelers with its proximity to the Convention Center, Caesars Superdome.

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Attractions & Venues

New Orleans is home to some of the top museums and attractions in the country including The National World War II Museum, ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 8 in the world by TripAdvisor. Several attractions around the city are undergoing renovation and expansion. Read on and discover the new ways you can immerse yourself in history and fun in the city.

Vue Orleans

Vue Orleans


New Orleans’ newest attraction, Vue Orleans, located at the foot of Canal Street, on top of the newly renovated Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, is a one-of-a-kind experience and observatory featuring the city’s only 360-degree views of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Guests enjoy interactive cultural experiences that explore the rich 300-year history, the diverse people who created the unique culture, and those who continue to shape it today. High-tech, touchless exhibits feature legendary New Orleans figures, such as the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Big Freedia and other famed culture bearers.

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Expressions of America

At the National WWII Museum

The Expressions of America exhibit premiered on Veterans Day Weekend to rave reviews. Expressions of America uniquely combines the latest outdoor projection technology with wartime letters and oral histories from the Museum’s collection to allow audiences to experience the stories of the WWII generation like never before.

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Bollinger Canopy of Peace - The National WWII Museum square

Bollinger Canopy of Peace

At the National WWII Museum
Now Open

The Bollinger Canopy of Peace takes its place as a new landmark on the New Orleans skyline. The iconic architectural structure rises 148 feet above the center of the institution's campus. During the daytime, the towering bright-white Canopy will serve as a beacon to visitors and locals alike; after sundown, a state-of-the-art lighting system will transform the Canopy and its support legs into a stunning new nighttime landmark for the city. The Canopy is made possible through a generous donation from longtime WWII Museum Board of Trustees member Boysie and Joy Bollinger.

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Exterior Render - 2023 Square

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas


A $34 million renovation at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is underway. A new entrance and lobby area along with an additional 17,000 square feet of new exhibit space will be added. Also, the Butterfly Garden, and Insectarium will call the Aquarium home. Due to open June 2023.

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Embracing the personality and feel of the city's many cultural gems, JAMNOLA is a 5,400 sq ft experiential pop-up that engages audiences of all ages in a topsy-turvy journey celebrating the art, music and culture of New Orleans.

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Convention Center Developments

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) has embarked on a $557 million improvement plan including renovations to 140 meeting rooms and a makeover of the exterior experience. The NOENMCC has also achieved GBAC Star accreditation and LEED certfication.

LEED Certification

  • The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) has achieved its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
  • This official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes the NOENMCC the largest LEED-certified project in Louisiana, the largest convention center project in the U.S. certified under LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance and the first convention center in the world to be awarded initial certification under LEED v4.1 O+M.


Riverfront Redevelopment Projects

Riverfront Development map

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MCCNO Riverfront Development Rendering

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MCCNO Riverfront Development Renderings

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Riverfront Development District

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Adopts Development Agreement with River District Neighborhood Investors for a mixed-use development of 39-acres of land adjacent to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) on the Mississippi Riverbank.

  • Mixed Use development of 39 acres adjacent to the NOENMCC. 
  • 900 mixed-income housing units, of which 450 will be affordable and workplace housing units.​
  • Activate undeveloped urban riverfront land as a transformative asset for the New Orleans region and the state of Louisiana. ​
  • Includes dining, retail, housing, and entertainment options- Top Golf announced.
  • Incorporating the latest trends in urban planning with a focus on creating green spaces and community gathering places.​
  • A model for diversity and equity that may serve as a national model for public/private partnerships.​

Innovation & Advances in Manufacturing

Artemis Rocket

Artemis Rocket

  • In the Fall of 2021, NASA’s Michoud facility in New Orleans East completed a 322-foot Space Launch System rocket, the most powerful ever built by NASA. 
  • The rocket will be tasked with carrying the first woman and person of color to the Moon. 
  • Michoud is known as “America’s Rocket Factory” and functions as the nation’s premiere site for manufacturing and assembling large scale space structures.

Haliade-X 12 MW offshore turbine

LM Wind Power’s Technology Center Americas facility (TCA), based on the NASA Michoud campus, has built the world’s longest offshore wind turbine blade at 107 meters in length.

Port of New Orleans Container facility

$1.8 billion state-of-the art container facility on the lower Mississippi River. The new Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) in St. Bernard Parish will be able to serve vessels of all sizes, dramatically increasing Louisiana’s import and export capacity and stimulating the creation of more than 17,000 new jobs statewide by 2050, the Port of New Orleans estimates.


Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana - Oyster Shell Recycling Program Reef

Louisiana Wind Energy Hub at UNO

The Beach at UNO, the University’s Research and Technology park, hosts the Gulf’s premier ecosystem for innovation, entrepreneurship, and education in offshore wind energy, which strives to accelerate the growth of the state’s wind energy innovation ecosystem.

H2theFuture Coalition Grant 

  • EDA awarded a $50 million federal grant to H2theFuture to develop a new energy cluster in South Louisiana spanning the clean hydrogen life cycle for an end-use project at the Port of South Louisiana.
  • New Energy Center of the U.S. (NEXUS) will be established at The Beach at UNO and serve as the physical and programmatic hub for a range of clean energy initiatives.
  • UNO will also receive $6 million for a Maritime Green Energy Lab that will serve as a testbed and development center for hydrogen-fueled ships.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) Oyster Shell Recycling Program

CRCL partners with more than 2 dozen restaurants in the New Orleans area, as well as two drop-off locations, to collect oyster shell and return it to the water, where oyster reefs slow erosion and create habitat for new oysters to grow. Since 2014, CRCL has recycled more than 13 million pounds of shell, making this Oyster Shell Recycling Program one of the largest such programs in the country. CRCL partners with coastal communities and volunteers to place the shell into biodegradable mesh bags and then place the shell in the water. They’ve built five reefs so far, and they're just getting started.

For a list of even more sustainability initiatives and green practices in New Orleans, visit our Sustainability Page here.