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17th Annual Martin…

Mar 6 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 6 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 6 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 6 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Friends of the…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Local jazz band, the Panorama Jazz Band, will bookend the final concert of… more

International…

Mar 6 - 7, 2015
Now in its seventh year, the New Orleans International Children's Film… more

Jefferson Arts…

Mar 6 - 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 6 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring Groovesect. more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 6 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Billie performs mainly in an avant-garde, free style painting expansive… more

Opening Reception -…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Join us  for a free opening reception for Radcliffe Bailey: Recent Works… more

Ponchatoula Antique…

Mar 6 - 8, 2015
Featuring-Antique Collectibles Booth, Fine Arts & Crafts Booth, Food Booth,… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Preservation Resource…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
The patron party features specialty cocktails and cuisine from world famous… more

Stage Door Canteen…

Mar 6 - Apr 5, 2015
"Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical play, complete with down-home… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 6 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Boat Show

Mar 6 - 8, 2015
The entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome floor will evolve into the region's largest… more

The French Market…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Deborah Etienne creates her gumbo while the local musicians talk about the… more

17th Annual Martin…

Mar 6 - 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.