From Beignets to Business

New Orleans is an authentic destination with a unique culture and way of life that started nearly 300 years ago and continues to flourish today. Events held in the Big Easy are unlike any other - world-renowned culinary experiences, unique offerings and "joie de vivre" - or spirit of life -are just a few of the reasons.

The Crescent City has the "lagniappe" - a little something extra - that will undoubtedly bring your meeting to the next level. Whether you feature a second-line parade as part of your welcome ceremony or host a crawfish boil networking event, it's easy to weave the New Orleans culture into your event.

In addition to the rich history and traditions of New Orleans, recent innovation and a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem have earned New Orleans the nickname, the Silicon Bayou. The city has been named the "Coolest Start-up City in America" by Inc.com and the number one "biggest brain magnet" according to Forbes.com, while still maintaining its southern charm and hospitality.

With more than 22,000 hotel rooms within the downtown area as well many other venues and attractions, New Orleans is one of the most walkable cities in the country. Visitors can walk out of their hotel rooms and are only a short stroll away from the world-class restaurants and attractions that the city is known for.

Reward your top performers with unforgettable team building experiences. Visitors can learn Cajun and Creole recipes at a cooking class or the team can enjoy a cocktail walking tour in the city where the cocktail originated. New Orleans and surrounding area is home to award-winning, pro-caliber golf courses and an Indy style racing track where visitors can take a Ferrari or Lamborghini out for a spin.

New Orleans' "come as you are attitude" makes it the perfect muse. Get the creative juices flowing on a steamboat tour of the Mississippi River or choose from one of the other non-traditional meeting places. Champions Square is a premier outdoor event space located just steps away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home to the NFL New Orleans Saints. The Joy Theater opened its doors in 1947 as one of only four movie theaters in New Orleans. Today, this 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility hosts theatrical productions, wedding, and a variety of private parties. Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, where craftsmen create Carnival floats year-round, can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 people. For a more relaxed feel, Fulton Alley is an innovative bowling alley harboring the latest technology with customizable lounge space only steps from Harrah's Casino and the French Quarter.

After business hours have ended, kick off your heels, loosen your tie and get down to the sounds of live music that the Big Easy is known for. It's not uncommon to see colleagues networking through the night over a signature cocktail or café au lait and world-famous beignets. Bring clients to one of the city's world-renowned restaurants for dinner or venture to Frenchmen Street for an early music show.

New Orleans is a hub of innovation and a leader in hosting groups of all sizes. Unique offerings, unmatched hospitality and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem are just a few of the reasons that conventions return year after year, many reporting record breaking attendance. Toast your success in the place that does business best-New Orleans.

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