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Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 1 - 8, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 1 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Preservation Jazz…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Live New Orleans Jazz nightly! more

Southern Decadence…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

This Hotel is Smokin! – Figuratively, that is…

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Simone Rathle
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This Hotel is Smokin! - Figuratively, that is...
The first smoke-free hotel in New Orleans pays tribute to
American Heart Association's 50 year campaign 


New Orleans-May 30, 2013- New Orleans has always been a party town, a no-rules city, a laissez le bon temps rouler kind of place. So hanging up a "No Smoking" sign in January of 2006 in any New Orleans establishment was a striking move - and one that shed light on a hotel that is committed to a progressive, vibrant future for the city. 50 years ago on June 8, 1963 the American Heart Association (AHA) became the first agency to campaign against cigarettes. After years of tireless efforts by the AHA, International House, the first boutique hotel in New Orleans, became another FIRST - the first hotel in the state Louisiana to declare its own official non-smoking movement.

Seven years ago, visionary developer-hotelier Sean Cummings led Louisiana's non-smoking effort with a campaign called "You're beautiful. We care. Please don't!" Passionate to spread the word, Sean developed a public service announcement gathering influential public figures like Harvey Keitel, Hill Harper, and Patrick Reynolds together in his efforts.

"New Orleans is no longer 'The City that Care Forgot'" says Cummings, "and in fact, her citizens have shown now more than ever in this post-Katrina era how much they do care. Smoking is out and has no place in our hotels."
In New Orleans, music, its food, its architecture, on the riverfront, in our culture, there's a passion for world-class excellence. "No Smoking is one big step we took to further boost the length and quality of life in America's most soulful city" says Cummings. "After all," he adds, "how can we possibly have our famous ‘joie de vivre' without the ‘vivre'?"
 
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