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17th Annual Martin…

Jan 30 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Alliance Francaise

Jan 30 - 31, 2015
Learn French with the Alliance Française- now in METAIRIE! Our next… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Jan 30 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Jan 30 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Big Chief Bo Dollis …

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
 Join us for the visitation and musical tribute for the  iconic Mardi… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment from… more

House of Blues…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Slippery When Wet is a Bon Jovi tribute band, titled after Bon Jovi's third… more

In The Mood- A 1940’S…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to "Tuxedo… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Le Petit Theatre…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Broadway's first rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice illuminates the… more

Mahalia Jackson…

Jan 30 - 31, 2015
Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Frogs Gone Fishin.' more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Jan 30 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Come and enjoy the music of Jazz with Helen Gillet. more

Music at the Mint…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Come out and enjoy Rock music with Lynn Drury. more

So Good: A Tribute…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Ashé Cac will open its doors  to celebrate the warm, loving,… more

The Bo Dollis Musical…

Jan 30 - 30, 2015
Join us at the Carver for the Bo Dollis Musical Celebration Event featuring Bo… more

The Gasperi…

Jan 30 - Feb 22, 2015
Richard Gasperi opened Gasperi Gallery in the French Quarter in 1980.… more

The New Orleans…

Jan 30 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

17th Annual Martin…

Jan 30 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

New Orleans’ First DMC and Creative Tourism Personality Merge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

New Orleans' First DMC and Creative Tourism Personality Merge

Custom Conventions founded by Carling Dinkler, "Father" of the modern Destination Management Industry, incorporates Tailored Tours, founded by Morgan Molthrop, who is reshaping the city's ‘story' for a new generation.

 

The city's first major turnkey events and group planner, Carling Dinkler, founder of Custom Conventions, acquired Tailored Tours today for an undisclosed amount. "By encompassing Tailored Tours into Custom Conventions," said Mr. Dinkler, "we combine the experience of a management team that has hosted international events of 80,00 people with the talent of a tourism expert who consulted for the Walt Disney Company."

"Most groups that visit New Orleans take a tour," says Molthrop, a New Orleans native who was named a "Person to Watch in 2013" by New Orleans Magazine. "The CVB estimates the number of visitors from New York, Illinois, California and Massachusetts will increase, as will the number of international tourists. Tailored Tours helps interpret the city's rich, diverse history in a way that does not sidestep important issues like the journey to freedom by enslaved Africans and the environmental issues surrounding our endangered wetlands."

Not immune to controversy, Molthrop started Tailored Tours with a "No Hoop Skirts" logo, challenging the status quo of the market he returned to find in New Orleans. "I do not see creativity and controversy at cross purposes," he says.

Mr. Dinkler, who was known for challenging the status quo as he rose the ranks as a local entrepreneur, now has a ‘Digital Rolodex' including influential national and local politicos. He started his career in high school while working for his parents' hotel chain, owners of the iconic St. Charles Hotel. Later he bought Gray Line Tours, revamped it, then sold it to open Custom Conventions. He earned the contract to run the GOP's national convention when it came to New Orleans.

Molthrop will handle tour programs for Custom and provide creativity for group/event programs. Tailored Tours will continue as a silo operation. Molthrop will become a partner. For more info, visit www.customconventions.com or call 504-657-6670.