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Ashe Cultural Arts…

Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 29, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Fats Domino & Dave…

Nov 29 - Dec 27, 2015
Join us at the Carver Theater for a Music Tribute honoring Legendary Musicians… more

Florida Room: Jessica…

Nov 29 - 29, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to present Florida Room by Jessica Bizer … more

Jasper Johns:…

Nov 29, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Prints from the Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen Collection: Jasper… more

Luna Fete: 2015

Nov 29 - Dec 5, 2015
      LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fete returns this… more

Newcomb Art Museum of…

Nov 29, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
Join us for the  Exhibition: "A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum,… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Nov 29, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

Quinn Peeper and…

Nov 29 - 29, 2015
Quinn Peeper, pianist and Albinas Prizintas, organist performing Grieg Concerto… more

The Photography of…

Nov 29, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Nov 29, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more


Nov 29, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
This exhibition features work by the Japanese artist Bidou Yamaquchi. Trained… more

Visions of US:…

Nov 29, 2015 - Jan 24, 2016
Visions of US explores evolving ideas about American cultural identity from the… more

America, Illustrated:…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 30, 2015
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Nov 30 - 30, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

The Irish House…

Nov 30, 2015
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Nov 30, 2015 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

Art of Giving Holiday…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Center for Southern Craft & Design will… more

Book Signing & Wine…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
Enjoy complimentary wine and join us for a book signing and discussion with… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

New Orleans’ First DMC and Creative Tourism Personality Merge



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 or call 504-657-6670.