We chatted withRobert Reso, Vice President of Convention Sales at New Orleans & Company, a nationally accredited destination-marketing organization, to learn why New Orleans is a great place to “let the good times roll.”
Why New Orleans?
Imagine meeting in a city where parades flow through the street any day of the week, music is a way of life and the local cuisine is a beautiful collision of flavors, influenced by cultures from around the globe and created by award-winning chefs in over 1,500 restaurants.
New Orleans is one of America’s most unique, authentic and iconic destinations. Over the past 300 years, the city has been influenced by European, Caribbean, African and many other cultures creating the unique melting pot — or gumbo — you see today. It is a city that inspires new ideas, new partnerships and out-of-the-box thinking. The birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is a hub of celebration and fosters a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem.
With 22,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area, our compact footprint means it’s easy to walk from your hotel to restaurants, venues and attractions or hop on the historic streetcar to explore the city’s historic neighborhoods. Our unique venues and iconic cityscape make the ideal backdrop for events and celebrations of any size.
Who should come to New Orleans?
Everyone! New Orleans is and will always be a city that welcomes all. Whether you come for a family vacation, a girl’s trip, a romantic getaway, a business retreat or any other adventure that brings you to New Orleans, the city will welcome you with open arms and a warm bowl of gumbo. When you meet in New Orleans, you’re in good company!
Where can I host an event in New Orleans?
There are infinite possibilities in New Orleans. Surround your guests with spectacular costumes and history at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, where they can feel like kings and queens in the interactive costume closet. The National World War II Museum provides a historic backdrop, or take a ride on the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez to get a different perspective of the city. With one of the largest convention centers in the country featuring 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, no event is too large or too small. From intimate gatherings in historic mansions to a buyout of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, you are sure to find a unique venue to fit your needs.