In preparation for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, we've compiled some important information that you may find helpful before you arrive in New Orleans.

Program Information

Subspecialty Day
Cornea - Saturday, Nov. 16
Glaucoma - Saturday, Nov. 16
Neuro Ophthalmology - Saturday, Nov. 16
Oculofacial Plastic Surgery - Saturday, Nov. 16
Pediatric Ophthalmology - Saturday, Nov. 16

Refractive Surgery - Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov 16
Retina - Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16

Annual Meeting Highlights
- Academy Cafe
- Breakfast with the Experts
- Learning Lounge and Interactive Discussions
- Opening Session
- Poster Tours
- Skills Transfer Labs
- Spotlight Sessions and Symposia
- Technology Pavilion Presenentations

During the meeting, use the Mobile Meeting Guide (available Oct. 16) to locate sessions, handouts, and meeting information.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Saturday, Nov. 16 - Monday, Nov. 18: 9a.m.-5p.m.
Monday, November 19: 9a.m.-1p.m.

New Orleans Welcomes AAO. For additional New Orleans information, click here.

Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)

Before you land in New Orleans, here's a reminder that the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is undergoing a $400 million renovation. Click here for airport information or to learn more about what concourses are undergoing major construction and how we can provide you with the ultimate travel experience.

This airport is approximately 11 miles (20 minutes) from the New Orleans’ Central Business District.
General Inquiries: (504) 464-0831

To book airline and car rental discounts, please visit Association Travel Conceptions. (more)

Discounted Airport Shuttle

 Airport Shuttle, Inc. is the Official Ground Transportation Provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, offering transportation to and from Downtown, the French Quarter and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

  • Approximate Fares: $35 round-trip, $20 one-way per person
  • Reservations: Click here to book online. Online reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time. To change an existing reservation, call 866-596-2699.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Events held in New Orleans just aren't the same as events held in other cities. Smiles are brighter. Handshakes are more energetic. Everyone is simply excited to be in one of the world's most storied and culturally rich destinations. Traditional, old-time jazz enlivens the soul, the cuisine is incomparable, and the city's charm captivates.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center offers a full-service and self-service UPS Store in Lobby F, and hours change to meet the needs of convention attendees. The convention center also offers wireless internet connectivity as well as retail cafes and concessions in the lobbies.

Once the meetings are over, the city's renowned restaurant and music clubs are a great way for visitors to relax and have some fun. The world-famous attractions of the French Quarter lay just steps away from the convention center, while the historic St. Charles streetcar line runs past the elegant homes of the Garden District. The excitement of New Orleans transforms an obligatory business trip into an unexpected experience. (more)

New Orleans App Available


We make it easy to have fun and save in the Big Easy! Download the New Orleans MeNetwork App to your smartphone or tablet for discounts and specials at some of the best restaurants and attractions. Click here for more information.

Top 10 Things You MUST Do in NOLA

If your schedule allows and you have some extra time, don't miss this list of the ten things you MUST experience while in New Orleans, most within walking distance from the Hilton Riverside and the Astor Crowne Plaza. (more)

Restaurant Count: 1,340

New Orleans is home to some of the world's greatest cuisine and has more restaurants open now than ever before. See what food critic Tom Fitzmorris has to say about the Crescent City's 1,340 restaurants. (more)

Having trouble deciding where to dine? Click here to see a map of restaurants in the Warehouse District and Convention Center area, and here for a map of restaurants in the French Quarter.

For Our International Guests

We've made it easier than ever to travel abroad and have included some tips to make your stay in New Orleans unforgettable. Leave the details to us so you can get out and explore the Spanish, French and Caribbean-influenced architecture and immerse yourself in our rich history. (more)

Once you make it to your hotel, travel across the city in one of New Orleans most treasured landmark, the Streetcar named Desire. For just $1.25, you can venture out and enjoy a wonderful ride down St. Charles Avenue, including Canal Street and through the neighborhoods of South Carrollton to Claiborne Avenue. Exact change is required. Cars operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends during daytime hours. Click here for streetcar maps and schedules, here for more information about the "Jazzy Pass" and here to see where you can purchase one-day and three-day "Jazzy Passes."


Meter Rates: $3.50 drop + $2.00 per mile or 25¢ for every 40 seconds of waiting time when cab is not rolling (paused in traffic). A cab ride costs approximately $33 from the airport to the Central Business District for one or two persons and $14 per passenger for three or more passengers. Taxi pick up is on the lower level of the airport, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage.

Getting Around

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority also provides public buses throughout the New Orleans community. The standard fare on RTA buses is $1.25 one-way, with an additional $0.25 for a transfer. Click here for more information on routes and schedules.

Taxicabs are available for transportation to and from the airport or just around the city. Call 504-658-7102 for the Taxicab Bureau.

NOLA Pedicabs is the premier pedicab company operating in a bicycle friendly New Orleans. Pedicabs are a new, green form of transportation to recently hit the streets of New Orleans. Eco-friendly, efficient and fun, a pedicab is a great way to get across the Quarter, go to and from your hotel, avoid traffic and parking frustrations or just pop across town in style and comfort. Call 504-274-1300 to Ride Now!

The RideLine - (504) 248-3900 is available for a schedule information on all routes.

New Orleans Paratransit & Dial-a-Ride Service - Transit service for the disabled is available seven days per week. Call (504) 827-7433 for more information and reservations.

Green Traveler

"Go Green" while making your pre-trip preparations, and consider these tips before embarking on your trip to New Orleans. (more)

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