What's New in New Orleans'Hospitality Industry - July 2017


• New Orleans' latest luxury hotel, the NOPSI Hotel, will open on July 6th.
o NOPSI, which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., is in the former headquarters of the city's power and transportation company, which was originally constructed in 1927.
o Located in the Central Business District, the nine-story building will feature 217 guestrooms, including 76 suites, a regionally inspired restaurant, 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a sophisticated rooftop pool and bar.


• The 23rd annual ESSENCE Festival has returned to the Crescent City for a weekend of contemporary African American culture and music, June 29-July 2. The festival is set to bring some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop, R&B and Jazz to the city.
o Headliners of this year's festival include John Legend, Diana Ross, Solange, Mary J Blige, Chance the Rapper and Jill Scott.

• Celebrate Independence Day New Orleans-style with the 26th annual Go 4th on the River Dueling Barges Fireworks Show, a spectacular display of fireworks over the Mississippi River.
o The Dueling Barges Fireworks Show is free and set to take place at the historic New Orleans Riverfront.
o Ranked as one of the Top 5 must-see firework displays in America by the American Pyrotechnics Association.

• San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, will host the 11th annual New Orleans ‘Running of the Bulls' downtown, July 7-9.
o The Big Easy Rollergirls and various other roller derby leagues act as bulls on Saturday's ‘bull run', chasing participants throughout the Central Business District.

• The 6th annual Bastille Day Fête will celebrate the French national holiday, July 14, at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
o The festival will take place inside NOMA and will feature live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations by Café NOMA, guided gallery visits, French-themed kids activities and more.

• The 15th annual Tales of the Cocktail will take place July 18-23, for the spirit industry's premier cocktail festival.
o The festival will bring a series of seminars, tastings, demonstrations, spirited dinners, networking events and much more.

• August and September bring incredible deals to New Orleans with four campaigns: COOLinary Restaurant Month, Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, New Orleans Museum Month and Restaurant Week New Orleans.
COOLinary Restaurant Month takes place throughout the month of August, where participating restaurants offer special two- and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less, three-course dinner menus for $39 or less and three-course brunch menus for $39 or less. Participating restaurants to be announced.
Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown encourages locals to take advantage of all the city has to offer, with local hotels, attractions and more offering special deals for the months of August and September. Details to be announced.
New Orleans Museum Month returns in August, offering locals with a membership to one participating museum, and access to all other participating museums free of charge throughout the month. Details to be announced.
Restaurant Week New Orleans, returns September 11-17, bringing specials from restaurants across the city.

For a full list of festivals, click here.


• On June 10th, The National World War II Museum opened their new permanent exhibit The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front.
o The new exhibit is located on the second floor of the Museum's original Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.
o The exhibit tells the story of the road to war and the Home Front through nine immersive galleries.

• The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will showcase renowned art collector and gallery owner Arthur Roger's entire personal art collection.
o The contemporary collection, Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans will be on display June 23-September 3.
o Arthur Roger is a local New Orleanian and owner of the Arthur Roger Gallery. His contemporary art gallery on Julia Street was founded in 1978 and is one of the most exciting contemporary art venues in the city.

• The American Queen Steamboat Company is set to launch their third vessel, American Duchess, on August 14th from the Port of New Orleans.
o The American Duchess is the third paddle wheeler of the fleet along with American Queen and American Empress.
o The American Duchess is a 166-guest all-suite vessel that will offer overnight stays from New Orleans.


• The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery launched their Summer 2017 Artist in Residence Program for the second year in a row.
o This year's artist in residence is Chicago-based artist Kate Lewis, who will reside in one of the hotel's guestrooms, which was transformed into a permanent artist studio designed by local craftsman, Alex Gernier.


• Public Service, the NOPSI Hotel's signature restaurant, will open its doors on July 6th.
o Chef Dustin Brien will lead the culinary team as the chef de cuisine of Public Service, previously the executive chef of Salú. Carlos Ramirez, former general manager of Restaurant R'evolution, will lead the front-of-the-house operations.
o The restaurant's menu will feature contemporary cuisine that highlights local and seasonal ingredients, prepared in an open-display kitchen with the addition of a modern raw bar and open-flame rotisserie.
o Public Service will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and will serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.


• The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has announced an expansion to the plans for the new terminal, currently under construction, bringing the total number of gates from 30 to 35. The plans include a 2,190-car parking garage, a central utility plan and a ground transportation area.
o The new terminal is now set to open February 2019.
o The five-gate expansion and new opening date comes as the airport has exceeded all passenger enplanement targets and added new international airlift to Europe and South America.

The airport has added new direct flights:

• Alaska Airlines announced a daily, nonstop flight from San Francisco to New Orleans beginning September 21st, 2017.


Meetings (3,000 or more in attendance)include:

• Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America Annual Convention | July 4-9
o The North American Irish Dance Championship is held annually over the first weekend of July and is one of the premier Irish dance competitions worldwide.
o Projected attendance: 10,000

• McKesson ideaShare Conference | July 12-15
o ideaShare is the annual conference for independent pharmacists, designed to help pharmacy owners and staff create action plans to improve their clinical, operational and financial performance.
o Projected attendance: 4,000

• Beachbody Summit | July 13-16
o Team Beachbody's Coach Summit is the most important coach event of the year, where attendees are invited to learn training and tips for their businesses. The summit is full of workshops and celebrity workouts.
o Projected attendance: 17,500

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Annual Convention | July 22-26
o VFW and Auxiliary members will meet in New Orleans to vote on organizational by-laws, attend workshops and business sessions and network with fellow veterans.
o Projected attendance: 10,000

• MechaCon Anime Convention| July 28-30
o MechaCon began as an amine convention that brings together fans of anime, Transformers and Japanese culture. Since, MechaCon evolved to include fandoms such as Sci-Fi, Comics and Domestic Animation, making it a complete fan experience.
o Projected attendance: 5,000

• Disabled American Veterans Annual Summer National Convention | July 29-August 1
o At the Disabled American Veterans Annual Convention delegates, members and guests will convene to elect national officers, establish legislative priorities, learn about the issues affecting the nation's veterans and increase advocacy for their mission.
o Projected attendance: 4,000


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