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12th Annual Saints…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
The festival features panel discussions and master classes on literary topics… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 28 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
We invite you to experience Ashé Cultural Arts Center's fourth annual… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 28 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 28 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Exploring SAORI:…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
This 2-hour weaving taster with artists Nancy Rhett and Jenny Pelc will provide… more

Hogs for the Cause

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Eighty teams of BBQ competitors, comprised of a mix of some of the region's… more

Indy Race Day at…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for the Indy Race Day at Champions Square, featuring vintage sports… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 28 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 28 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Kinder Garden - Play,…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Kinder Garden for kids ages 18 months to 5 years has moved to the last Saturday… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Louisiana Crawfish…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine such as Crawfish pie, Fried Crawfish Tall… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 28 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. … more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

N'Kafu Traditional…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
N'Kafu Traditional African Dance Company presents its annual concert, M'Batle… more

NOLA Food Fest

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
Sample over 50 America's hometown eats from around the country. Four blocks in… more

NOMA Egg Hunt and…

Mar 28 - 28, 2015
Mark your calendars for the NOMA Egg Hunt in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff… more

12th Annual Saints…

Mar 28 - 29, 2015
The festival features panel discussions and master classes on literary topics… more

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Honored by the Meetings Industry as One of the Top Five CVB's in the World

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Kelly Schulz or Tara Letort
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau      
504-566-5019   
kschulz@neworleanscvb.com/tletort@neworleanscvb.com

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Honored by the Meetings Industry as One of the Top Five CVB's in the World
For the seventh time since 2001, New Orleans receives the Gold Service Elite Award from
Meetings & Conventions Magazine readers

NEW ORLEANS - Nov. 14, 2011 - The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was once again recognized by its customers as one of the top five CVBs in the world with the prominent Gold Service Elite Award for 2011 from Meetings and Conventions Magazine (M&C).  The New Orleans CVB has received the Gold Service Award every year since 1984, and since the Elite award was introduced in 2001, the New Orleans CVB has been selected as Elite seven times in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Winners are chosen by M&C's 52,990 readers, the industry's most important critics - meeting planners, who rely on their overall industry expertise to nominate and select 85 domestic and international CVBs to earn the 2011 Gold Service Award.  Five CVBs are then chosen for ‘Elite' status based on a strict set of criteria: professionalism of staff; support on hotels and site inspections; assistance with ground transportation planning; guidance on local attractions; and liaison with local vendors and services. Through totally unaided recall, the meeting planners selected New Orleans as one of the five Elite.

"Consistently exceeding expectations, and providing the highest-level of service and professionalism truly has set these exceptional bureaus apart. M&C readers recognize the value of the partnerships provided by these ‘Elite' bureaus can provide to the overall event experience," states Kirk Lewis, M&C Publisher. "Excelling above their peers, the 2011 Gold ‘Elite' winners and their staffs should be commended by the entire industry for setting the standard for service. M&C's entire staff joins our readers in congratulating the five superior CVBs who have strived to develop working partnerships with meeting professionals."

"We are very proud of this award because it tells us of the standing and regard with which our team is held in the national convention business, and the respect our best practices and execution have earned us," said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans CVB.

Since Mr. Perry became CEO of the New Orleans CVB in 2002, the organization has won multiple national awards for excellence in sales, marketing, branding, public relations, customer service and corporate relations. In 2009, the New Orleans CVB became one of only 101 organizations to be accredited by the Destination Marketing Association International for attaining excellence and meeting rigorous industry standards for brand management, governance, stakeholder relationships, innovation and more.

Winning CVBs are featured in M&C's Gold Awards issue published this November.

About New Orleans CVB
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,000-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. We help create $5 billion in new capital each year- more than any other business sector- by attracting millions of visitors, special events and conventions. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. For more information, please visit http://www.neworleanscvb.com/.