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What’s New in New Orleans Hospitality Industry – August 2018
As of May 16th, the former New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) has rebranded and is now officially known as New Orleans & Company – a name that better reflects the work that we do and the people we serve.
For more information on our new brand, click here.
- New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout 2018.
- As one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities, New Orleans will celebrate with its citizens and open its doors to the world to share the city’s rich history and culture. During the Tricentennial, New Orleans will celebrate its past accomplishments, the resilience of its people and set the course for the future.
- Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans will be on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, March 8th-September 2nd, in conjunction with the Tricentennial celebration of New Orleans.
- The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present The Orléans Collection, an exhibition of selections from the magnificent collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1689-1723).
- On view from October 26th, 2018 through January 27th, 2019, The Orleans Collection will bring together, for the first time, a selection of masterpieces from institutions such as the National Gallery of London, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the National Gallery of Scotland to tell the story of the collection's formation, its reputation, and its impact in early 18th century Paris.
- New Orleans’ celebrated artist and muralist, Brandan “B-mike” Odums, recently completed an enormous mural on the side of Little Gem Saloon to commemorate the city’s tricentennial.
- The mural, which is located at 445 S. Rampart Street in the Central Business District, depicts famous jazz musician Buddy Bolden and his band. Bolden is believed to be “the first bona fide jazz musician.”
- Throughout 2018 several local businesses are offering special deals, packages, discounts and tricentennial-themed items that visitors and locals can take advantage of all year long. To learn more about the Tricentennial deals and packages click here.
For the full Tricentennial calendar, click here.
- The 14th annual COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month continues throughout the month of August, offering discounted menus from more than 100 restaurants across the city.
- Participating restaurants will offer special two- and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less, three-course dinner menus for $39 or less and three-course brunch menus for $39 or less.
- See all participating restaurants here.
- The 5th annual New Orleans Museum Month returns for the entire month of August encouraging locals to join a museum this summer.
- With one museum membership, visitors gain complimentary access to all 16 participating museums for free all month long.
- See all participating museums here.
- Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown will take place throughout the months of August and September encouraging locals to take advantage of all the city has to offer.
- More than 135 deals will be offered this year, including discounted rates at hotels, attractions, tours, dining options and more.
- To see the full list of this year’s deals, click here.
- The 18th annual Satchmo SummerFest is set to take place, August 3rd – 5th, at the Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.
- The festival is considered the only traditional jazz festival in New Orleans and celebrates the music and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.
- The 42nd annual Whitney White Linen Night will take place in the Warehouse District, August 4th.
- This free event invites patrons of the arts to dress in white linen and browse more than 20 local galleries and museums on Julia Street.
- Food and cocktails from more than 25 local restaurants will be offered throughout the evening.
- The 24th annual Red Dress Run will paint the French Quarter red on August 11th.
- Both men and women will don red dresses and race throughout the French Quarter to support more than 100 local charities.
- The 17th annual Dirty Linen Night invites art enthusiasts, August 11th, to put on their dirty linens from the previous weekend and stroll through the art galleries along Royal Street to admire the art and sample food and cocktails from several local restaurants.
- The 47th annual Southern Decadence events will take over the French Quarter, August 30th – September 3rd, for a weekend of LGBT parties, concerts, parades and revelry.
- New Orleans is a major destination for LGBT travelers, affirming the history of diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness in welcoming all.
- Country Smooth Fest announced a two-day Country Music Festival at NOLA Motorsports Park October 20th-21st. Headliners of the festival include Hunger Hayes, Justin Moore and several others.
For a full list of events, click here.
- Seven not-for-profit museums in the French Quarter have joined forces to create the French Quarter Museum Association (FQMA), an effort to elevate the profile of history museums as an enriching cultural experience in city’s oldest neighborhood.
- Current participating museums are The Historic New Orleans Collection, Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden Museum, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the US Mint and the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center.
- Live Nation Entertainment recently announced the opening of The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans, which will debut in early 2019. It will be one of the city’s premier live music venues.
- The new 2,000-capacity venue, located inside Harrah’s Casino, will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, dining options and friendly hospitality.
- The Fillmore first opened in San Francisco in 1968. Fillmores around the U.S. now include: Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Silver Spring, MD; Detroit, MI; Philadelphia, PA and soon New Orleans, LA.
- The New Orleans School of Cooking was recognized as a top experience by TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travelers’ Choice Awards.
- Their classes were rated as the No. 2 experience in the United States and the No. 6 experience in the World.
- For a full list of awards and accolades, click here.
- 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.
- The airport recently announced the addition of two new restaurants to join the updated airport’s terminal concessions: Café Du Monde and Shake Shack.
- Several new developments have broken ground across the city. For a full list of developments, click here.
- Condor Airlines returned to New Orleans with twice-weekly flights operating Thursdays and Sundays through September 30th, 2018, from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).
MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS:
Meetings (3,000 or more in attendance) includes:
- Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) Foodservice & Hospitality Expo | August 4th – 6th
- The Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO is the largest and most attended showcase of its kind in the region. The LRA invites companies to exhibit their products and services to an audience of thousands of restaurant owners and operators. A wide variety of special events and educational seminars are available.
- Projected attendance: 12,200
- Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting | August 5th – 10th
- The ESA offers industry professionals business meetings, presentations and workshops centered around the theme of “Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being”.
- Projected attendance: 5,000
- US General Services Administration (GSA) Smartpay Training Forum | August 7th – 9th
- Geared toward industry professionals, the 3-day event will feature a comprehensive training schedule that will cover all aspects of how to successfully manage your charge card program, including a special GSA SmartPay 3 focus.
- Projected attendance: 3,625
- Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles/Mystic Shrine Annual Imperial Session | August 17th – 24th
- Members gather to learn through educational seminars and workshops
- Projected attendance: 6,000
- National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) General Conference & Exhibition | August 24th – 27th
- National Guard members from around the country gather in New Orleans for educational seminars, workshops and presentations.
- Projected attendance: 4,000
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