Top Reasons to Choose New Orleans

1. AWARD-WINNING DESTINATION

Cuisine in New Orleans isn't the only thing spicing up the city. America's most authentic city welcomed 8.3 million visitors in 2010 and has hosted major events such as Mardi Gras, Essence Music Festival and Jazz Fest in addition to hundreds of prominent conventions. TripAdvisor 2010 Traveler's Choice® Destination Awards ranked New Orleans as the top destination in the world for night life.  The city is also ranked third in Food & Wine destinations.

2. CUISINE

Time in New Orleans isn't kept in hours or days, but in meals. When dining in New Orleans, experience a culinary adventure that spans a wide array of cuisines. From Cajun and Creole to Soul and Contemporary French, award-winning chefs create food for your taste buds and nourishment for your soul.

Start the day with a beignet drenched in powdered sugar and a steaming café au lait, lunch on a shrimp po-boy or mouth-watering muffuletta and end the day with gumbo, shrimp creole and flaming bananas foster. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America's Top 5 Restaurant Cities.

3. WORLD CLASS CONVENTION FACILITIES

New Orleans Morial Convention Center is ranked among the nation's best facilities. With over 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, it continues to undergo millions of dollars in improvements, and is now one of the most technologically advanced centers in the nation.

4. WALKABLE DOWNTOWN- GREAT FOR ATTENDEE NETWORKING

New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to convention and meeting facilities, the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience.

5. DISTINCTIVELY DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS

New Orleans boasts over 22,000 sleeping rooms, represented by national and independent hotel brands all located within a two mile radius. Immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the Arts District, experience the historic architecture of the French Quarter or enjoy the modern luxury and convenience of the Central Business District. All our neighborhoods are easily accessible to convention facilities, world-famous restaurants and attractions.

6. MUSIC

Music is where New Orleans' first settlers found common ground and no other city loves music more. Nowhere else does it occur more effortlessly or more joyously. Jazz, America's only original art form, was born here while Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot that is our heritage. Let our music move your soul.

7. ART & ARCHITECTURE

Countless architectural gems await you in New Orleans. In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Venture to the Arts District, a vibrant community of galleries, and experience why it has been called the SoHo of the South. Then visit one of the oldest and most diverse districts in New Orleans, Magazine Street, an area filled with art exhibits, restaurants, shops and more. Finally, submerge yourself in the historic French Quarter by strolling down Royal and other famous French Quarter streets.

8. RICH HISTORY & CULTURE

New Orleans is a city rich in history with traditions and customs woven into the fabric of everyday life. Take a trip back in time and experience living history by riding on the famous St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.  Then ride the red car down Canal Street and explore the historic Mid-City cemeteries.

9. SPORTS & OUTDOOR RECREATION

Our climate allows for plenty of outdoor adventures and activities in and around the Crescent City, an urban resort that offers year-round golf along with memorable swamp tours conducted in local bayous. For the spectator, enjoy a NBA game featuring the New Orleans Hornets in the centrally located New Orleans Arena or, if you're lucky, score a seat in the Mercedes-Benz Super-dome to watch the New Orleans Saints.

10. CENTRAL LOCATION

Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from city center.

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