SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 40 L O U I S I A N A The operation will also open a third campus next fall in the renovated 19th century Sei- gnouret-Brulatour Building, opening with an exhibition entitled Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina. Other special events will include a special King's Day Celebration, Fireworks and Kickoff to the Tricentennial Mardi Gras in January, Up From the Street Tricentennial Concert in March and others. Meanwhile, a new 217-room luxury prop- erty, the NOPSI Hotel, opened in July in a historic downtown nine-story building built in 1927. The name stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., noting its location as the former headquarters of the city's power and transpor- tation company. NOPSI offers 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a restaurant, and a rooftop pool and bar. Also, the American Queen Steamboat Com- pany recently launched its third paddlewheeler, the American Duchess, which will offer over- night cruises from New Orleans. According to the NOCVB, the city has re- cently hosted major meetings such as the Lou- isiana Restaurant Association's Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, with more than 12,000 attendees, and the Younique Products annual convention, with more than 10,000 participants. "With a culture rooted in community, collab- oration and innovation, New Orleans is the ulti- mate destination for meetings and events," said Cara Banasch, senior vice president of business development and strategy for the CVB. "Our world-class industry of meeting, events and hos- pitality professionals are experts in hosting small executive functions, large annual meetings, major sporting events, vibrant corporate initiatives, one-of-a-kind festivals and more. New Orleans creates memories, stories to bring back home that will not be forgotten, and the walkability, unique venue options and dedicated service professionals make planning any event a breeze." Additional New Orleans Venues • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space; 60,000-square-foot Great Hall • Hilton New Orleans Riverside: 130,000 square feet of event space; 9,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard; 1,622 guest rooms • Generations Hall: 35,000 square feet of event space The New Orleans Hotel Collection (NOHC), which manages several boutique hotels and their affiliated restaurants, bars and lounges, recently added the Jung Hotel & Residences to its portfolio. Located in the city's Biomed- ical district, it offers 207 guest rooms, meeting space for groups of up to 100, a large exhibit hall and an attached 450-car garage. While the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport has 292 guest rooms, 11,445 square feet of meeting space and offers a convenient location for meeting attendees flying into the city, most of the other NOHC properties are boutique hotels in the French Quarter, which offer great spaces for small meetings, receptions or special events. These include: • Bourbon Orleans Hotel: 7,000 square feet of meeting space; seven meeting rooms; St. Ann Cottage and courtyard can accommo- date 75 for a reception; 180 for courtyard dining • Hotel Mazarin: 4,500 square feet of meeting space; 102 guest rooms; adjacent event and catering venue, La Louisiane • Dauphine Orleans Hotel: 1,000 square feet of event space; two meeting rooms; a boardroom • The Whitney Hotel: 478-square-foot meet- ing room; 93 guest rooms and suites • Hotel Le Marais: meeting room for up to 10 • The Audubon Cottages: seven one- and two-bedroom suites • NOHC affiliated restaurants and bars: Roux on Orleans, Patrick's Bar Vin, The Landing, Bourbon "O", May Baily's Place, Vive! Bar and Lounge, and 21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : New Orleans Hotel Collection Contact: www. Vault Boardroom at the Whitney Hotel NOLA Motorsports Park Event Center

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