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What’s New in New Orleans Hospitality Industry – December 2017


  • The 26th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience officially announced their 2018 dates which is set to take place May 23rd-27th, 2018 in various locations throughout the city. 


  • December in New Orleans brings Christmas New Orleans Style, a month of holiday celebrations that includes light displays, festivals, concerts and more.
    • Throughout the month of December, travelers can enjoy Papa Noel Hotel Rates for hotel rooms across New Orleans as well as for bed and breakfasts.
    • Enjoy light displays across 25 acres of New Orleans City Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, during Celebration in the Oaks, which opened for the holidays on November 24th.
    • NOLA ChristmasFest takes over the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for 10 days during the month of December, featuring an indoor ice skating rink, carnival rides, holiday events and more.
    • In Creole tradition, restaurants across the city present Reveillon dinners during the month of December, with modern takes on the traditional nineteenth century holiday feasts. Restaurants have also added a cocktail component to the dinners, serving up holiday-themed cocktails during the holiday season.
  • LUNA Fête 2017, the outdoor public art show that uses New Orleans’ iconic landscape as a canvas, will begin on Wednesday, December 6th running 6 – 10 p.m. nightly in Lafayette Square through Saturday, December 9th.
    • LUNA Fête will feature illuminated installations, video-mapping projections, digital sculptures featuring a roster of international, national and local artists.
  • The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will welcome a Conference USA team and a Sun Belt Conference team to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 16th accompanied by fan events, a 2-miles race through the some on December 15th, and more.
    • In addition to the game, Darren Woodsen, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, will speak at the 2018 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Luncheon on Friday, December 15th. This is ticketed event.
  • On January 1st, 2018, the 84th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl will welcome the SEC champion (unless otherwise involved in a national championship game) and another highly ranked opponent, to compete in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This year’s game will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
    • While the bowl game is the highlight of the New Year festivities, the Allstate Sugar Bowl typically hosts a variety of other fun events, including: Fan Jam, Fan Fest, New Year’s Eve Parade and more.
  • Prospect New Orleans has opened their fourth installment and citywide art triennial, Prospect.4, which will take place in New Orleans this winter, November 18, 2017 through February 25, 2018.
    • Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, is the fourth iteration of the citywide exhibition that finds inspiration from the lotus plant.
    • More than 70 artists from over 25 countries are set to participate in the contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every three years in New Orleans.
    • Prospect.3, was held in New Orleans in 2015, and engaged more than 100,000 visitors during its thirteen-week run.

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  • The National World War II Museum has been recognized as a winner in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for museums, ranking No.2 in the world and No.2 in the nation – up from No.11 in the world and No.4 in the nation last year.
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is opening two special ceramics exhibitions on November 4th, and unveiled their newest exhibit on October 6th.
    • New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection, will be on view through April 2018.
      • Drawn from the collection of Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter, and guest-curated by noted Japanese-art scholar Joe Earle.
      • This is the first time in over 20 years that NOMA will present an exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics.
    • Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection, showcases the ceramic collection of NOMA’s director emeritus John Bullard.
      • The exhibition will be on view through summer 2018 in the Else M. Besthoff Charitable Foundation Gallery on the museum’s second floor.  
    • East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, on view October 6th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018.
      • This landmark exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history – 19th century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) has announced a year of special programming commemorating New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018.
    • THNOC will open a special bilingual tricentennial exhibit New Orleans, the Founding Era, a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades.
    • As part of the tricentennial exhibit, THNOC will join the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission’s Cultural and Historical Committee to present Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium, March 8-11, 2018.
      • The four-day event will explore how the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city.
    • A third campus of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the renovated 19th century Seignouret-Brulatour Building, will open in the French Quarter in fall 2018.
      • The building is expected to open with the exhibition Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, featuring works of contemporary art from more than 75 artists.


  • The Jung Hotel and Residences, a New Orleans Hotel Collection Property, is set to open this winter on December 15th.
    • Located at 1500 Canal St, adjacent to the city’s medical corridor, the Jung will feature 207 luxury guest rooms, 113 one and two-bedroom apartments, more than 15 meeting rooms and a 12,000-square foot exhibit hall.
    • The Jung is a $140 million re-imagination and rebirth of the historic Jung Hotel, incorporating residences, retail, hotel, parking and other amenities.


  • The owners of Sac-a-Lait in the Warehouse District and Hot Tails in New Roads, LA, Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll, will star in the upcoming show Cajun Aces premiering on December 2nd on the Food Network.
    • The show will follow the Louisiana native husband and wife duo as they explore Cajun cuisine and culture.
    • Each week, viewers can tune in to see the Chefs as they take the freshest ingredients from their family farm in Batchelor, LA and create brand new dishes at their restaurants.


  • Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked New Orleans No.7 on the magazine’s list of The Best Big Cities in the U.S. for 2017, citing the city’s unique mix of art, food and beverage as the reason travelers should visit the city, either for the first time or to make a return visit.
  • Travel + Leisure’s America’s Favorite Places survey recognized New Orleans as the No.2 spot on the list. The publication’s readers touted the city’s history, food, festivals and many more.


  • Carnival Cruise Line has announced that they will bring new ships to New Orleans in May 2019 to expand capacity on short cruise offerings from New Orleans.
    • The Carnival Valor, currently based in Galveston, TX, will shift to New Orleans to begin year-round four- and five-day cruises, replacing the Carnival Triumph.
    • The Carnival Glory will takeover the Carnival Dream’s year-round schedule.
    • Both new additions are expected to carry nearly 400,000 passengers from New Orleans.  
  • Norwegian Cruise Line announced it will deploy the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway to the Port of New Orleans beginning November 2018.
    • The 1,068-foot vessel will be the largest cruise ship in both length and passenger occupancy to ever sail from Port NOLA, and its arrival will nearly double Norwegian’s guest occupancy from New Orleans.


  • City Hall announced the historic riverfront redevelopment projects that will open access to the city’s riverfront with 3.2 miles of contiguous space from Spanish Plaza to Crescent Park. The development has an estimated completion date of early 2020. The projects include:
    • Spanish Plaza - $7.5 million plaza renovation
    • Four Seasons - $400 million Renovation of the World Trade Center
    • Canal Street Ferry Terminal - $37 million state-of-the-art terminal
    • Ferry Pedestrian Bridge - $7.3 million new pedestrian bridge
    • Woldenberg Riverfront Park - $6 million park improvements
    • Moonwalk Park - $3 million park renovation
    • Esplanade and Governor Nicholls Street Wharves - $15 million conversion
    • Crescent Park - $31.2 million
  • The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has announced an expansion to the plans for the new terminal, currently under construction, bringing the total number of gates from 30 to 35. The plans include a 2,200-car parking garage, a central utility plan and a ground transportation area.
    • The new terminal is now set to open February 2019.
    • The five-gate expansion and new opening date comes as the airport has exceeded all passenger enplanement targets and added new international airlift to Europe and South America.


  • Condor Airlines has announced their return to New Orleans in 2018 with twice-weekly flights operating Thursdays and Sundays from May 17th, 2018 through September 30th, 2018, from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).
  • Southwest Airlines announced a new nonstop flight from Sacramento, Calif. to New Orleans beginning March 10th, 2018. The flight will only be available on Saturdays.
  • Spirit Airlines announced a new nonstop flight from New Orleans to Columbus, Ohio beginning March 22nd, 2018. 


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

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting | December 11-15
    • The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest and preeminent Earth and space science meeting in the world, offering a mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations as well as a broad range of keynote lectures and networking opportunities.
    • Projected attendance: 20,000

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