The second city we’re exploring in our City Views series is New Orleans, one of America’s most engaging destinations, and a place where we Event Transportation Systems loves providing ground transportation services. Conveniently located in the center of the U.S. just 20 minutes from the Louis Armstrong International Airport, a visit here is like entering another country, with its own cuisine and language.
New Orleans, Louisiana
For a flavor all its own, there’s nothing like a meeting or convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. From the gumbo to the Garden District, New Orleans rolls out the welcome mat served up with a side of lagniappe, or “that little something extra,” as Louisianans like to call it.
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is ranked among the nation’s best facilities by meeting planners, offering over 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space, 140 meeting rooms, and the most modern technological advancements. Other selections include the majorly-renovated Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Pontchartrain Center and the New Orleans Arena.
Hold your event on a Paddlewheeler, in a haunted theater or mansion, or a secret garden like the Longue Vue House. Take in a game with the NFL New Orleans Saints, charter a fishing boat, or play golf year-round in the warm climate. Unique event spaces are everywhere.
The infrastructure of New Orleans boasts more than 35,000 hotel rooms, and a walkable downtown area close to hotels, convention facilities, the French Quarter and attractions.
Dining and Entertainment
A city known for its French/Cajun culture and events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, New Orleans is ranked one of the top destinations in the world for night life and third in Food & Wine destinations. Come explore its unique Creole, Soul and French cuisine where celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and John Besh brim with culinary talent. Start the day with a mouthwatering beignet and a steaming café au lait, and end the day with shrimp creole and flaming bananas foster (originated at Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951).
Visit New Orleans’ distinctly different neighborhoods, from the historic French Quarter to the bustling business district, take a bike ride along the Mississippi River, feed an alligator, or stroll through time at one of the many historical attractions like its “cities of the dead” above-ground cemeteries. And don’t miss the music scene. Jazz clubs, strolling brass bands, and Preservation Hall offer toe-tapping rhythms.