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30 Americans

Apr 24 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

Bootsy Collins

Apr 24 - 24, 2014
 Founding father of funk Bootsy Collins funks up The Joy Theater during… more

Crescent City…

Apr 24 - 24, 2014

Jazz in the Park

Apr 24 - Jun 5, 2014
The People United for Armstrong Park (PUfAP) is thrilled to unveil the lineup… more

Ogden After Hours-…

Apr 24 - 24, 2014
Ogden After Hours is the place to go on Thursday nights to to hear Southern… more

Slightly Stoopid

Apr 24 - 24, 2014
 Slightly Stoopid will be bringing their signature San Diego vibe to New… more

Slightly Stoopid with…

Apr 24 - 24, 2014
While it’s a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as… more

The Andrews Brothers

Apr 24 - 26, 2014
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and miscal treasures fill this… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 24 - 27, 2014
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Brass & Glass

Apr 25 - 25, 2014
Join us for the third annual Brass & Glass the first weekend of Jazz Fest!… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

Apr 25 - May 5, 2014
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more


Apr 25 - Nov 25, 2014
PINTS & PLAYS is a monthly play reading in the true spirit of New Orleans. … more

Audubon Aquarium of…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Audubon Aquarium will host Party for the Planet, with events including live… more


Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Straight out of New Orleans and into your ear-holes, Flow Tribe brings the… more

Historic Saturday…

Apr 26 - Nov 22, 2014
One of the keys to understanding NOLA’s past, present, and future is to… more

MOGWAI + Majeure

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Must be 18 or older with Proper ID MOGWAI plus Majeure DATE: Saturday, April… more

Neighborhood Pet…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be… more

Shamarr Fest at…

Apr 26 - 26, 2014
 A new and powerful addition to post-Jazz Fest revelry, Shamarr Fest… more

An Evening with The…

Apr 27 - 27, 2014
Gospel/Blues/Rock supergroup The Word features John Medeski (Medeski Martin… more

Early Modern Faces: …

Apr 27 - Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

30 Americans

Apr 24 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

Four New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Employees Receive CMP Certification

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Four New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Employees Receive CMP Certification

Certified Meeting Professional certification represents foremost expertise in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry

NEW ORLEANS-February 20, 2013- The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau's Lyn Hallaron, Rebecca Landry, Tara Letort and Stephanie Turner received their Certified Meeting Professional Certification (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) in 2012. The CMP certification evaluates the competency of meeting professionals using an international standard to increase the proficiency of meeting professionals through industry involvement and continuing education.

  • Lyn Hallaron, CMP, Convention Sales Manager, primarily focuses on accounts based in the Midwest Region. She has been with the New Orleans CVB for six years, and has been in the industry for 18 years.
  • Rebecca Landry, CMP, Convention Sales Manager, focuses on intermediaries, working with companies such as ConferenceDirect, HelmsBriscoe and HPN Global. She has been with the New Orleans CVB for two years and in the industry for 11 years.
  • Tara Letort, CMP, Director of Group Public Relations, has been with the New Orleans CVB for five years as a member of the Communications and Public Relations department, and her unique role focuses on attendance building and customized marketing plans.
  • Stephanie Turner, CMP, Director of Business Development, oversees the Washington D.C., Chicago and New York regional offices, along with creating convention sales marketing resources for the Convention Sales department. She has been with the New Orleans CVB for four years and in the industry for 17 years.

The Certified Meeting Professional program was established in 1985 by the Convention Industry Council and recognizes the highest achievement of professionalism in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industries. More than 14,000 professionals in 36 countries have earned their CMP through a rigorous testing process.

"Earning the Certified Meetings Professional certification is no easy task, and we are proud to have so many CVB employees achieve this level of professional development," said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The expertise inherent in the certification is essential to the growth of New Orleans as a meeting and convention destination and understanding the needs of our customers in a complex and rapidly changing market."

About the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB)
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. We help create $5.47 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, Phoenix, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Mexico City and Toronto. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB will celebrate its 53nd anniversary in 2013. For more information, please visit

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