New Orleans: Busy with upcoming travel and tourism events


New Orleans, the American French City has a busy summer program and once again positioned itself as a top U.S. travel destination.
The New Orleans Tourism board releases a report on the state of the travel industry, improvements and events.

Upcoming and current events in New Orleans include:

U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace, comes to New Orleans June 18-22. IPW is the largest generator of travel to the U.S.

More than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations and more than 1,400 international and domestic travel buyers from 73 countries will conduct more than 100,9000 pre-scheduled business appointments and negotiations that collectively generate more than $4.7 billion in future travel to the U.S.

In addition, more than 500 international and domestic media members will also be in attendance to report on IPW and New Orleans.
IPW’s impact will ripple through the local economy for an estimated three years after – as more than 6,400 travel buyers, suppliers and international journalists attending the show book future trips to the host city based on what they experienced at the conference and exploring New Orleans and the region.

The direct economic impact of IPW 2016 on the Greater New Orleans economy is estimated at more than $1.7 billion, with 1 million international visitors by 2018.

The Port of New Orleans welcomed the Carnival Triumph, the city’s newest cruise ship, on April 4, 2016.

The Carnival Triumph offers 4- and 5-day cruise itineraries from New Orleans and will bring a 34 percent increase in capacity to cruises from New Orleans.

Together the Carnival Dream, which offers 7-day cruises from New Orleans, and Carnival Triumph are expected to carry 450,000 passengers annually.

Marriott Hotels’ Moxy New Orleans has debuted in New Orleans’ Central Business District as one of the first U.S. locations of the hip European hotel line. Moxy New Orleans will feature 108 keyless-entry rooms.
The hotel brand aims to appeal to adventure seekers with inviting lobbies, self-service grab and go, free Wi-Fi and the Moxy Digital Guestbook for streaming videos and pictures.

The openings of the Moxy Tempe in March and the Moxy New Orleans are the brand’s first in the U.S.

The historic Pontchartrain Hotel will reopen on St. Charles Avenue in June 2016.

Originally opened in 1927, the hotel’s food and beverage program will be run by Besh Restaurant Group, and dining options will include the iconic Caribbean Room, Silver Whistle Coffee Shop, the Bayou Bar and a rooftop bar.

Trinity Restaurant has opened in New Orleans’ Lower French Quarter with a menu drawing on the multiple cultural influences of the city.
With a $1 million makeover, the multi-level indoor/outdoor restaurant encompasses 6,000 square feet and accommodates more than 100 guests.
Chef Michael Isolani, most recently of Bouligny Tavern, helms the kitchen and serves up a small-plate gastropub menu with a focus on local products and using familiar ingredients to create unfamiliar dishes.
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) has launched its #HappyTuesday campaign, sharing what makes Tuesdays in New Orleans special for travelers in real time.

After Buzzfeed named Tuesday the worst day of the week, NOTMC is aiming to change the day’s reputation, noting that Mardi Gras is also celebrated on a Tuesday and the city has a variety of regular early week events.

As part of a campaign to encourage early to mid-week visitation to New Orleans, #HappyTuesday includes special prices, discounts and experiences for travelers who stay between Sunday and Wednesday. More than 50 hotels, restaurants and local attractions are participating.
The campaign launched on Tuesday, March 29 with a live-response social media campaign in which local actor Bryan Batt, Mardi Gras Indian “Big Chief” David Montana and musician Dr. John responded to Twitter users complaining about Tuesdays with customized messages encouraging them to celebrate the day by planning a trip to New Orleans.


New Orleans Oyster Festival will return to Woldenberg Park June 4-5 for a weekend of oysters, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship, the P&J Shucking contest and much more.

The 30th annual Creole Tomato Festival will take over New Orleans’ historic French market June 11-12, bringing a weekend of fresh tomatoes, food and live performances by Little Freddie King, Paul Sanchez and more at Crescent Park’s Mandeville Wharf.

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will return to Armstrong Park June 18-19 for a weekend of food and live music, including performances by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas and more.

Festival season continues through July with some big names and local favorites:

Essence Festival will return to New Orleans June 30-July-3, bringing big name R&B, hip-hop and jazz acts for a weekend celebration of African American music and culture. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Ciara and more.

Celebrate Independence Day New Orleans-style with Go Fourth on the River, an incredible display of fireworks over the Mississippi River. Ranked as one of the Top 5 must-see fireworks displays in the U.S. by the American Pyrotechnic Association, Go Fourth on the River kicks offers a Dueling Barges Fireworks display choreographed to music.
New Orleans Pride Festival will return June 17-19 for a weekend of events, including top-tier music and entertainment, a parade and one of the premier fundraising events of the year.

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, New Orleans’ own Running of the bulls, takes place July 8-10. The Big Easy Rollergirls serve as the “bulls” and chase after participants with plastic bats in hand.

Tales of the Cocktail, the spirits industry’s premier cocktail festival, will return to New Orleans July 19-24, bringing with it a series of seminars, demonstrations, spirited dinners, its very own restaurant week and more.

FestiGals, New Orleans’ premier girlfriend getaway weekend, will return to the JW Marriott July 28-30, 2016 for three days of authentic New Orleans experiences, including workshops, a Stiletto Stroll Second-Line Parade, the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Benefit and more.
Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, will give the keynote on Friday, July 29.
This year’s FestiGals will also include FestiTalks, dynamic presentations on a variety of topics which are delivered in small segments.

The inaugural New Orleans Daiquiri Season is set to take over New Orleans for the month of September.
Formerly the New Orleans Daiquiri Festival, Tales of the Cocktail is bringing back the festival as a season with 30 days of special events and tastings.


The Ace Hotel New Orleans debuted on March 14 in a historic 1928 Art Deco building with 234 rooms.
The hotel’s signature restaurant is Josephine Estelle, the brainchild of Memphis James Beard Award finalists Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. Phillip Mariano, former chef de cuisine of Domenica, serves as executive chef of Josephine Estelle, blending flavors of the American South with Italian influences.
The Ace Hotel New Orleans features its own music venue Three Keys with nightly performances and Alto, a rooftop garden with relaxed poolside dining and cocktails.
The hotel also features Stumptown Coffee’s first café in the south, with a variety of cold brew options.
The Catahoula Hotel debuted in New Orleans Central Business District on April 8, featuring 35 rooms in two 19th century buildings.
The hotel features a coffee bar and a rooftop terrace serving tiki-inspired cocktails.
The hotel’s café offers Peruvian dishes by Chef Dana Honn of local vegetarian restaurant Carmo, and the hotel is also home to a Pisco bar, featuring cocktails made with the Peruvian grape liquor.
The Henry Howard Hotel has debuted in New Orleans’ Garden District, featuring 18 rooms housed in a historic mansion constructed in 1867.
Named for the man who built the mansion, the Henry Howard Hotel was purchased by the Fitzgerald Hotel Group in 2015 and was reimagined as a luxury boutique hotel.


Construction has begun on a new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, set to debut in 2018.
This $826 million project will feature 30 gates, a 2,000-car parking garage, a central utility plant and a ground transportation staging area.
The new terminal is projected to have a $3.2 billion annual economic impact on tourism in New Orleans.
The airport has also added a variety of new flights:
Allegiant (One new twice-weekly departure to Tulsa International Airport, May 26, 2016)
(Two new seasonal weekly departures to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, June 24-September 5, 2016)
(One new daily departure to Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, beginning September 29, 2016)
Branson AirExpress (Return of seasonal air service four times weekly to Branson Airport, May 26-August 14, 2016)
Allegiant (One new twice weekly departure to Pittsburgh, February 19, 2016)
(two new twice-weekly flights to Jacksonville and St. Petersburg, Florida, January 2016)
Spirit Airlines (One new daily flight to Los Angeles, beginning April 14, 2016)


Meetings (3,000 or more in attendance) include:

American Diabetes Association Annual Scientific Sessions | June 10-13
The American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions offers researchers and health care professionals from around the world the unique opportunity to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care.
Projected attendance: 15,000
U.S. Travel Association IPW | June 18-23
U.S. Travel Association’s IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. – it is NOT a typical trade show. In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA (representing all industry category components), and more than 1,300 international and domestic buyers from more than 70 countries conduct business negotiations that result in the generation of more than $4.7 billion in future Visit USA travel. At IPW, buyers and sellers are able to conduct business that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips.
Projected attendance: 6,400
American Society For Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition| June 25-28
The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.
Projected attendance: 4,000