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Hotel Openings Abound

This Saturday, January 28, The Saint Hotel will officially open its doors following a $45 million purchase and transformation. Located in the historic Audubon Building on Canal Street, The Saint includes 166 modern guest rooms; Sweet Olive, a restaurant by Chef Michael Stoltzfus; the Burgundy Bar and the Halo Rooftop Bar.

SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown has undergone a major renovation of its lobby and 208 suites, with 3,700 square feet of meeting space to accommodate meetings and functions of up to 100 people.

This month, the newest hotel in the New Orleans Hotel Collection is opening as the luxurious Hotel Mazarin. The 102-room boutique hotel (formerly the St. Louis Hotel) is named for the 17th Century Italian Born diplomat, diamond collector and aide de camp to French Royalty.

Circling Back Around



This week, the Hotel Monteleone will unveil the newly-renovated and expanded Carousel Bar and Lounge. Founded in 1886, the historic Hotel Monteleone celebrated 125 years of hospitality in the French Quarter in 2011, and prepares to host the 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail in 2012.

Theater Corridor

New Orleans is home to famous and historical theaters, including the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, which recently underwent a $27 million renovation and the Joy Theatre on Canal Street, which reopened on December 29, 2011 as a 10,000 square foot multipurpose venue featuring live music and entertainment following a $5 million renovation. And, it doesn’t stop there…the 2,700-seat Saenger Theatre, which originally opened in 1927, will undergo a nearly $51 million restoration and is scheduled for completion in 2012. The historic Orpheum Theater began renovations in April and is set to reopen in 2012 following a restoration.

Up, Up and Away



The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport reports a year-over-year increase, with traffic in 2011 continuing to run ahead of 2010, up 4.3 percent to 7.86 from 7.5 million. With the opening of the new Concourse D in October of 2011 and upcoming air service additions in 2012 to Baltimore, Las Vegas and New York’s JFK, New Orleans increases the ease of travel for convention attendees and visitors alike.

New Orleans is #1

New Orleans was featured as the most improved city in the nation on the Wall Street Journal MarketWatch’s “Best Cities for Business in 2011” list, a survey looking at over 100 metro areas in the country using 15 different criteria. This year, the New Orleans region made the largest gain in the country, rising 44 positions, from 77th in 2010 to 33rd in 2011.

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