In preparation for EMS Expo, we've compiled some important information that you may find helpful before you arrive in New Orleans.

Important Dates/Times to Note...


PreConference Program
Monday, October 29 & Tuesday, October 30: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Conference Program
Wednesday, October 31: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Thursday, November 1: 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Friday, November 2: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, October 31: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, November 1: 11 a.m.-4:30 pm.
Friday, November 2: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

New Orleans Welcomes EMS Expo. For additional New Orleans information, click here.

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 Morial Convention Center.

  • Approximate Fares: $35 round-trip
  • 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.

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

New Orleans Morial Convention Center

The Great Hall of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will debut in January 2013, featuring a 60,300-square-foot divisible Great Hall, 25,400-square-foot multi-use, pre-function space and hotel-like appointments throughout. The impressive Center, with more than one-million-square-foot of exhibit space, is now more attractive than ever to groups large and small. Additional features of note will include a 4,660-square-foot junior ballroom, complete with a 3,420-square-foot rooftop terrace, a 980-square-foot indoor balcony and a 5,700-square-foot executive club lounge. [more]


Taxis/Car Rental

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.

Car rental: There are 7 rental agencies with offices on the lower level of the airport. Check with each company for rates. Parking is limited in the Central Business District so inquire with your hotel on daily parking rates and regulations.

Parking is available at the Convention Center for a daily fee of $10 (price subject to change). Click here for a map of available public parking in the Convention Center region.

Green Traveler

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

Getting Around

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."

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.

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: 1,313

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 1,313 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)