Each year millions of people flock to New Orleans for business as well as pleasure. And given the recent news coming out of the Big Easy, that number is only expected to grow. Here are the highlights:For starters, the city’s renowned meeting spot, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, was upgraded earlier this year. Because of it, meeting planners now have more state-of-the-art venues to choose from. Some of the convention center’s best features include key card entry locks on the meeting rooms’ doors, 1-GIG internet access and customizable, high-definition, digital signage.
Upgraded convention space isn’t the only thing making New Orleans look more attractive these days either. In mid-April, it was also revealed that the Lois Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is expected to get an impressive makeover. If all goes smoothly, meeting planners should expect to see a marked improvement in service by 2018.
Meeting planners can also make use of the free RFP tool, SpeedRFP and the EliteMeetings website. Both can help busy planners easily select Elite Certified, meeting venues located in the Big Easy as well as in other locations around the world. Speaking of which, Elite Platinum members to consider utilizing while in the Big Easy include the Hotel Monteleone, the W New Orleans French Quarter and The Roosevelt New Orleans. All three are gorgeous. The Roosevelt New Orleans also has an interesting history that the Elvis fans among your group are sure to relish.
There are several wonderful Elite Gold members in the area too. Among them are the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Hotel Mazarin and the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. The Omni Royal Orleans Hotel serves up some truly noteworthy cuisine and features a stunning rooftop fitness center.
Whichever hotels you opt to send a SpeedRFP too, just make sure that you do it fast. That’s because the city is expected to host a tremendous amount of events leading all the way up to its 300th Anniversary in 2018. Some of the events already on the schedule are the Celebracion Latina, the 63rd NBA All-Star Game and the French Quarter Festival.
byon May 21, 2013