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Why Choose New Orleans?

The home of Jazz. New Orleans is one of the most walkable cities in America, and has diverse neighborhoods and culture. Choose us for your next event.

Bob Dylan was not alone when he said, “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.” The readers of Travel + Leisure named New Orleans one of the "Best Cities in North America” and one of the "World's Best Cities." On the meeting side, named New Orleans among the "Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States.” And, according to Convention South magazine, we’re the “Most Friendly Meeting Destination.” Hundreds of thousands of meeting goers can’t be wrong when they say there’s just something so right about New Orleans.


Friendly and Personable

Concierges. Front desk clerks. Waiters. Meeting professionals. These are more than jobs in New Orleans – they are callings. In the hospitality business here, we take pride in what we do because we’re proud to call New Orleans home. It’s not something we’re taught, it’s how we were raised. There’s nothing we like better than talking about our city, and we get a kick out of seeing New Orleans through the eyes of visitors. Our mission is our passion and it’s simple: Make sure guests feel like company when they’re here and come to love NOLA as much as we do.

Chris Granger

Groundbreaking and Record Shattering

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been wowing meeting planners and attendees since it first took up residency on the river. Created with cutting-edge technology from the world’s most innovative companies – tech that still leads the pack today – the New Orleans Convention Center is constantly expanding and evolving. Today it is one of only four centers in the United States with over a million square feet of contiguous exhibit space – and every foot knows how to dance. We are a planner favorite for flexibility and ease of use. Whether you meet at the Convention Center, the crowd-pleasing Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Smoothie King Center, or at one of our other venues, prepare to shatter your attendance goals.


Walkable and Sleepable

Time after time, New Orleans has been named one of the most walkable cities in the United States. Here you can take your choice of more than 22,000 sleeping rooms within a two-mile radius of the Convention Center, downtown and the French Quarter. Of course, if you’re wearing high heels, it should happen to rain, or your feet hurt from dancing, you can always take a horse-drawn carriage, a pedicab, a streetcar, a cab, or a ride-sharing service back to the hotel.

When kids are born in New Orleans, we hand them trumpets or drumsticks, not rattles. Soul, rock, funk, rap, bounce…it all comes back to Congo Square where jazz was born. Come hear the real thing on street corners and in clubs such as the Apple Barrel, Spotted Cat and Tipitina’s. Come see Hot 8 at Howlin’ Wolf on a Sunday, Rebirth at Maple Leaf on a Tuesday or whoever is playing this week at Wednesdays at the Square. Follow the second line to Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, or the Blues & BBQ festival. We have more than 135 festivals a year – that’s roughly a festival every three days.

Cheryl Gerber, NOTMC

New Orleans is home to more National Historic Districts than any other city in the United States, and the old is constantly becoming new again. Every neighborhood is its own chapter in the story of New Orleans. Block out your calendar for a little time travel. Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and then stroll through the Garden District. Hear the sounds that made New Orleans famous on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny. Listen to stories of the affairs d’honneur that were once settled under the Dueling Oak in Mid-City’s City Park. And, of course, there’s the Vieux Carré, the French Quarter, where it all began and the fun never ends.


New Orleans has more James Beard Award-winning chefs per capita than any other city. When Travel + Leisure named us the "No. 1 City for Food in the U.S," we would have yelled “Yay,” but our mouths were full. Here you can find it all: decadent and intricately prepared entrees in our centuries-old restaurants, fresh and innovative recipes at our celebrity chef establishments, and several new food halls to sample local fare. When you get here, don’t be shy. Ask for turtle soup with extra sherry. Break out the bib for buttery barbecued shrimp. Dive head first into a pile of spicy crawfish. From po-boys to Oysters Rockefeller, from a sweet SnoBall at Hansen’s to flaming Banana’s Foster prepared table side at Brennan’s, you’ll never be hungry – or bored – when dining in New Orleans.

Sorena Briley, NOTMC

New Orleans has been called everything from “The Quirkiest of All Cities” (Forbes) to one of America’s “Most Inspiring Cities” (TravelBird). The artists who set up their easels, the writers who open their laptops, and the musicians who throw open their instrument cases for tips are all in agreement there. Performance art. Public sculpture. Murals. Opera. Ballet. The symphony. Every corner is a stage and every wrought-iron fence is exhibit space in New Orleans. Take home something unique -- something you could only find in New Orleans. Seek out the New Orleans that inspired Edgar Degas, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Bob Dylan, the Neville Brothers, Harry Connick and so many others. Find out for yourself what Tennessee Williams meant when he said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

Got time for a game? Watch the New Orleans Pelicans in their perch in the Smoothie King Center or score a seat in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the Who Dats, fans of the New Orleans Saints. If you’re an athlete yourself, go for a run along the river, dip your kayak paddle into a sleepy bayou or swing a golf club under the swaying Spanish moss that hangs from the ancient Live Oak trees.
Kathy Anderson

Smooth Sailing

With more than 20 airlines and more than 59 non-stop destinations, travel to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is easy and affordable with fares well below the national average. And, it’s only getting better. Construction is underway on a brand-new terminal to completely replace the current airport in 2019. The world-class facility is the biggest infrastructure project in the city since construction of the Superdome and will feature 35 gates, improved passenger experience with a consolidated check-point and ample food and beverage options backed by famous New Orleans chefs.  Our new airport will be a destination in itself.