New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year and the city’s founding coincides with the first day of Annual Meeting! New Orleans is known for its Southern hospitality, but like many large cities, crime does occur. With people coming in from all over, our advice is to just use common sense – stay with your group, avoid walking alone, and be aware of your surroundings.

New Orleans, nicknamed the "Big Easy," is known for it’s around-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, rich history, and singular cuisine. The city is a melting pot of French, African and American cultures and embodies an unrivaled festive spirit. The city was named after the well-known Duke of Orleans, and it is famous all around the world for its distinct and unique architectural style that encompasses French and Spanish elements.

Embodying its celebratory spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. Following Mardi Gras in springtime is Jazz Fest, celebrating New Orleans as the birthplace of the genre. Lively bars and cafes line Bourbon Street, which runs through the center of the architecturally ornate French Quarter. This area is also home to several iconic Creole and Cajun restaurants serving dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. The Garden District is known for well-preserved antebellum mansions in styles like Italianate and Victorian. In Faubourg Marigny, Frenchmen Street is home to bars and clubs offering live jazz, blues and rock music. Streetcar lines cross the city, including the St. Charles route, operating since 1835.

Helpful Resources:

New Orleans Visitors Guide: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/visit/request-vg/

Travel Planning & Transportation: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/visit/travel-planning/

Attractions & Activities: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/things-to-do/attractions/

Restaurants: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/restaurants/

Group Dining Suggestions: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g60864-zfp9-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

WYES Restaurant recommendations: filer_public/2018 Annual Meeting/WYESResturantSuggestions.pdf

Video provided by New Orleans CVB