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New Orleans is one of the most culturally rich cities
in the world. It is a city that gave birth to jazz; that today reflects
more architecture from more centuries than any other city in the nation;
that serves a wonderful cuisine with European, African and Caribbean
traditions, but updated by inventive young chefs. The decorative ironwork,
tropical courtyards, centuries-old oak trees, graceful mansions, and
charming cottages still grace the city
Encircled by the
river, Lake Pontchartrain, bayous, swamps, marshes and wetlands,
New Orleans, evolved along ridges, or "cheniers" as
they were called, marked by grand Live Oak and tall Magnolia trees.
The city’s unique history, combining French, Spanish, African
and many other European and Caribbean influences, is vibrant through
endless varieties of architecture, music and food.
New Orleans covers 4,190 square
miles and sits 90 miles north from the mouth of the Mississippi
River. New Orleans city proper, shaped like a crescent (thus the
nickname the Crescent City), is surrounded by water:
- The Mississippi River at Canal Street has a width of 2200 feet, a
bankside depth of 30-60 feet and a mid-stream depth of 100-180 feet.
- Lake Pontchartrain, connecting with the Gulf of Mexico, covers an
area of 621 square miles. The Causeway connects the south shore to the
north shore and spans almost 24 miles, making it the world's longest
over-water highway bridge. The Causeway opened in 1956 with a total
cost of $51 million.
- New Orleans is below sea level. Depending on what part of town you
are in, you can be from 5-10 feet below sea level. Generally speaking,
the closer you are to the river, the higher the elevation.
The Historic French
Quarter was laid out in a grid pattern in 1721 and measures six
blocks by 13 blocks. It is considered one of America's greatest
clusters of authentic Spanish, colonial, and antebellum structures.
Even today it is a vibrant neighborhood filled with residences
and business establishments.
New Orleans is many cities within one. Be sure to experience not only
our famed French Quarter, but also our many other distinct neighborhoods.
Use the streetcar to see the majesty of the homes in the Garden District,
on the way to our world renowned Audubon Zoo. Visit the 18th century
plantation homes along Bayou St. John that lead you to the doorstep
of the New Orleans Museum of Art, itself a gateway to the natural beauty
of City Park and Lake Pontchartrain.
The City’s official website is located at: http://www.new-orleans.la.us/home/.
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Some of the topmost tourist attractions in New Orleans include:
- Steamboat/Riverboat Cruises
- Musée Conti Wax Museum
- Aquarium and Zoo
- D-Day Museum
- Mardi Gras World
- Harrah’s Casino
- Royal Carriages
- Swamp Tours
- Plantation Homes, etc.
A Tourists Heaven
The city is a hot place for the tourists all around the year and it is
ably prepared to host the visitors. New Orleans restaurants are considered
some of the best in the world, and there should be no trouble finding
one in any area of the city. There are 3,068 restaurants in the New Orleans
Metropolitan area. There are approximately 33,303 number of hotel rooms
in the city; 1,600 number of taxis, 200 limousines, and 12 rental car
agencies with a fleet of 9000.
New Orleans: Voted Best by the Best*
- It is often said that New Orleans is its own unique place. This diverse
environment keeps New Orleans at the top of many lists. The following
are some of the reasons why New Orleans is America’s Favorite
- New Orleans was named one of the top 10 “Cities that Rock”
by the editors of Esquire Magazine.
- Meetings South Magazine has recognized the French Quarter as the
top attraction for southern destination as voted on by readers.
- In March 2003, the readers of Bon Appétit magazine chose New
Orleans as their third favorite city for dining.
- In 2003, AmericanStyle magazine ranked New Orleans as the 11th “artsiest”
city in the country.
- Longue Vue House and Gardens, a historic estate museum, was named
as “One of the 10 Great Places to Steal Ideas for Your Garden”
by USA Today in 2003.
- In Travel and Leisure’s 2002 “World’s Best”
readers’ poll, New Orleans was named in the “Top 10 Best
Cities” to visit in the U.S. and Canada.
- In Summer 2003, Romantic Country named New Orleans as one of America’s
10 most romantic places.
- The NOMCVB has been named as one of the top 5 convention and visitors
bureaus by Meetings & Conventions magazine receiving the publication’s
2003 Gold Service “Elite” award.
- The November 2003 issue of Esquire Magazine has named Bourbon House
as one of the best new restaurants in America for 2003.
- Condé Nast Traveler ranked New Orleans fourth among U.S. cities
in its 2003 Readers’ Choice Awards’ Best in the World.
- Meetings & Conventions presented New Orleans Metropolitan Convention
and Visitors Bureau with the 2002 Gold Service ELITE Award, a new prize
reserved for the top five CVBs in the nation.
- NOMCVB won a 2002 “Planners’ Choice Award” from
the subscribers of Meeting News.
- In July 2002, the Windsor Court was named number 9 of 100 in the Top
100 Hotels in Continental U.S. & Canada. It was also named in the
Top 100 Hotels worldwide.
- In Food & Wine’s “Food in America Poll 2002,”
readers rated New Orleans as the second-best food city in America and
the best city for famous hometown foods.
- In March 2002, Travel and Leisure magazine picked New Orleans as
the 2nd friendliest place in the nation.
- In 2001, Disney’s Family Fun magazine ranked the New Orleans
Audubon Zoo and Aquarium as the Top 4 in the country.
- In 2001, JazzReview.com named New Orleans as the best city for a live
- The Condé Nast Traveler 2001 Reader’s Choice Awards designated
New Orleans the 3rd best city to visit.
- In 2000, Condé Nast Traveler picked New Orleans as one of
its 50 must-see places.
- According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, New Orleans
placed fifth in the nation for the number of exhibitions hosted in 2000.
- In January 2004, the American Bus Association presented the Southwest
Louisiana CVB one of the “Ten Best” program awards for its
“Creole Nature Trail.”
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An observer once said that New Orleanians
and Cajuns are either having a party, recuperating from a party, or planning
a party. The biggest and best party of all and the most famous celebration
is Mardi Gras, "the greatest free show on earth."
Mardi Gras dates back to 1837 when the first street parade took place.
The carnival season begins January 6th (12 days after Christmas) on the
Twelfth Night with the first of nearly 100 private masked balls. The dazzling
Mardi Gras parades feature marching bands and elaborate papier mache floats
with maskers tossing trinkets, beads and doubloons to the crowd. On Mardi
Gras Day, the day before Ash Wednesday, the largest and longest parades
are held, everyone joins in the costuming, young and old alike, resident
New Orleans, the birthplace of Louisiana Mardi Gras, undoubtedly boasts
the largest celebration. A huge street party begins in the French Quarter
weeks before "Fat Tuesday" and culminates in the magnificent
parades with larger-than-life floats that often make the major network
news broadcast. For sheer excitement, this experience is beyond compare.
Learn more about Mardi Gras and see parades pictures at http://www.mardigras.com/
Crawfish are found in many places in the world, but it took the Cajuns
to appreciate and popularize the delicious taste of this small fresh water
cousin of the lobster. Crawfish can be found everywhere in Louisiana,
including rice fields, lakes and puddles. Louisiana's main sources of
crawfish are the Atchafalaya Basin and the many commercial ponds in which
they are cultivated. Louisiana produces 90 percent of the crawfish in
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The city of New Orleans is connected through the air, trains,
and busses. There is also an excellent internal transportation in the
city through the public busses, street cars, taxi-cabs, and horse-drawn
carriages. A detail of the available transportation is available at website:
The city’s airport code is MSY and it is known as "Louis Armstrong International Airport".
official website: www.flymsy.com/
News Flash from New Orleans
SEG Meeting Successful in New Orleans, With Two Other Groups in the City This Week
The fall convention season in New Orleans is underway, with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists wrapping up their conference with glowing praise for the city. Arriving this week are over 3,200 delegates with Avaya, the first Fortune 500 company to meet at the Morial Convention Center since Hurricane Katrina, and the American Society of Human Genetics, with 5,200 attendees. Click the link to see video testimonials of SEG meeting planners and executives complimenting their New Orleans experience. [ more
New Orleans' Own Emeril Lagasse Appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Week
Emeril Lagasse, world-famous chef who honed his skills in the restaurants of New Orleans, will showcase our city's unique culture on two of television's most popular talk shows this week: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 10 and the Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 12. [more]
Win a New Year's Eve Cruise for Two from New Orleans on Royal Caribbean
- Cruise ships are back in New Orleans! For a New Year's Eve to remember, register to win a cruise on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas from New Orleans on December 30, 2006 for 7 nights, with port charges included. [ more ]
New Orleans Residents Loyal to Hometown and Choose to Rebuild, not Relocate
Most New Orleans-area property owners are showing a strong preference for restoring their old neighborhoods rather than taking the money to start a new life elsewhere. [ more ]
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- Meeting Facilities
- What Our Clients Say
- Meeting Planner Toolkit
- Online RFP
Conventions are back in New Orleans
New Orleans was Happy to Host Successful
American Library Association Conference:
The NOMCVB was proud to help host
the annual meeting of the American
Library Association, which was held
June 22-27. Nearly 17,000 librarians
from all over the country and
hundreds of exhibitors from the
literary industry are enjoying the
unique charms of our great city. The
response from these visitors has
been overwhelmingly positive: they
are extremely pleased to once again
take part in the New Orleans
experience and witness our
commitment to making their visit
tuned for more information on
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- IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society AdCom will be held in New Orleans, November 11 at the Sheraton New Orleans.
Library Community Draws National
Praise as it Helps New Orleans
Recover From Hurricane Katrina
With the eyes of the nation on New
Orleans' recovery from Hurricane
Katrina, nearly 17,000 librarians,
exhibitors and library supporters
attended the first citywide
convention held in the Big Easy
since the storm.More...
New Orleans in the News:
Read good news written daily about
New Orleans in this new feature on
the NOMCVB Web site. More...
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