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What's New in New Orleans

November 2017


• City Hall announced the historic riverfront redevelopment projects that will open access to the city's riverfront with 3.2 miles of contiguous space from Spanish Plaza to Crescent Park. The development has an estimated completion date of early 2020. The projects include:
o Spanish Plaza - $7.5 million plaza renovation
o Four Seasons - $400 million Renovation of the World Trade Center
o Canal Street Ferry Terminal - $37 million state-of-the-art terminal
o Ferry Pedestrian Bridge - $7.3 million new pedestrian bridge
o Woldenberg Riverfront Park - $6 million park improvements
o Moonwalk Park - $3 million park renovation
o Esplanade and Governor Nicholls Street Wharves - $15 million conversion
o Crescent Park - $31.2 million

• The 9th annual Bayou Country Superfest announced they will be returning to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2018 over Memorial Day.
o Headliners of the 2018 music festival includes George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kasey Musgraves and many more.

• Tall Ships New Orleans 2018 will take place April 19th-22nd along Woldenberg Park as part of the city's Tricentennial celebration. The event will coincide with NOLA Navy Week.
o The lineup of ships includes vessels from the US and the Netherlands.
o The Tall Ships event's goal is to share the educational mission of each of the impressive visiting ships and the impact they have on the city.


• The 7th annual Boudin, Bourbon and Beer, put on by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, returns to Champions Square, November 3rd.
o Chefs Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, John Currence and Stephen Strykewski, as well as more than 60 local and regional chefs will headline the festival, serving creative dishes featuring boudin.
o The Emeril Lagasse Foundation provides financial support to non-profit organizations providing youth education in culinary, nutrition, arts and life skills development in the Gulf Coast region.

• The New Orleans Book Festival, presented by First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, will take place November 11th at Big Lake at City Park.
o The festival will feature free food and family friendly activities, a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a firework show to kick off the city's Tricentennial celebration.

• The 9th annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, put on by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, will celebrate gumbo and brass bands at Congo Square in Armstrong Park November 18th-19th.
o Brass band headliners include Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band, the Hot 8 Brass band, the Pinettes and many more.
o Fourteen vendors will showcase their best bowl of gumbo, including gluten-free, chicken and andouille sausage, dark and light roux, vegan and seafood gumbo.

• The 44th annual Bayou Classic returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the tradition of Grambling State and Southern University's rival football game on November 23rd.
o The Bayou Classic brings four days of open-to-the-public events including a Thanksgiving Day Parade, Fan Fest at Champion's Square, a Career & College Fair, a Gospel Brunch and a Battle of the Bands & Greek Show.

• December in New Orleans brings Christmas New Orleans Style, a month of holiday celebrations that includes light displays, festivals, concerts and more.
o Enjoy light displays across 25 acres of New Orleans City Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, during Celebration in the Oaks, opening November 24th.
NOLA ChristmasFest takes over the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for 10 days during the month of December, featuring an indoor ice skating rink, carnival rides, holiday events and more.
o In Creole tradition, restaurants across the city present Reveillon dinners during the month of December, with modern takes on the traditional nineteenth century holiday feasts. Restaurants have also added a cocktail component to the dinners, serving up holiday-themed cocktails during the holiday season.
o Throughout the month of December, travelers can enjoy Papa Noel Hotel Rates for hotel rooms across New Orleans as well as for bed and breakfasts.

For a full list of festivals, click here.


• The National World War II Museum has been recognized as a winner in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for museums, ranking No.2 in the world and No.2 in the nation - up from No.11 in the world and No.4 in the nation last year.

 The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is opening two special ceramics exhibitions on November 4th, and unveiled their newest exhibit on October 6th.
o New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection, will be on view through April 2018.
 Drawn from the collection of Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter, and guest-curated by noted Japanese-art scholar Joe Earle.
 This is the first time in over 20 years that NOMA will present an exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics.
Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection, showcases the ceramic collection of NOMA's director emeritus John Bullard.
 The exhibition will be on view through summer 2018 in the Else M. Besthoff Charitable Foundation Gallery on the museum's second floor.
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, on view October 6th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018.
 This landmark exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America's photographic history - 19th century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River.

• Prospect New Orleans will present their fourth installment and citywide art triennial, Prospect.4, which will take place in New Orleans this winter opening November 18, 2017 and set to run through February 25, 2018.
Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, is the fourth iteration of the citywide exhibition that finds inspiration from the lotus plant.
o More than 70 artists from over 25 countries are set to participate in the contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every three years in New Orleans.
o Prospect.3, was held in New Orleans in 2015, and engaged more than 100,000 visitors during its thirteen-week run.

 The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) has announced a year of special programming commemorating New Orleans' Tricentennial in 2018.
o THNOC will open a special bilingual tricentennial exhibit New Orleans, the Founding Era, a multifaceted exploration of the city's first few decades.
o As part of the tricentennial exhibit, THNOC will join the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission's Cultural and Historical Committee to present Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium, March 8-11, 2018.
 The four-day event will explore how the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city.
A third campus of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the renovated 19th century Seignouret-Brulatour Building, will open in the French Quarter in fall 2018.
 The building is expected to open with the exhibition Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, featuring works of contemporary art from more than 75 artists.


• The Cambria Hotel New Orleans has officially opened its doors in the Warehouse District.
o Located at 632 Tchoupitoulas Street, the newly constructed property features 162 rooms, 1,200 square feet of meeting space and contemporary on-site dining.

• The Jung Hotel and Residences, a New Orleans Hotel Collection Property, is set to open this winter on December 1st.
o Located at 1500 Canal St, adjacent to the city's medical corridor, the Jung will feature 207 luxury guest rooms, 113 one and two-bedroom apartments, more than 15 meeting rooms and a 12,000-square foot exhibit hall.
o The Jung is a $140 million re-imagination and rebirth of the historic Jung Hotel, incorporating residences, retail, hotel, parking and other amenities.

• Leading meeting planner resource, Convention South, has released their 2017 Reader's Choice Awards.
o Several New Orleans properties received this prestigious recognition including, Ace Hotel New Orleans, Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center, JW Marriott, Le Méridien New Orleans and Royal Sonesta New Orleans.


• Curio, an eclectic bistro offering American Creole cuisine, has opened its doors for business at the corner of Royal and Bienville streets in the French Quarter. The new restaurant is supported by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts restaurant group.

• GW Fins has been named as one of the 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the United States, in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice 2017 Awards.

• Ted Brennan's on Decatur has officially opened in the French Quarter, serving French and Creole cuisine by Executive Chef Lazone Randolph.

• Turkey and the Wolf has been named the No.1 best new restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. The quirky sandwich shop in the Irish Channel was praised for their inventiveness and laid-back approach to high quality yet affordable food.

• Herbsaint has been awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program. Herbsaint was recognized among more than 3,000 other winners from all over the world as a top destination for wine lovers by Wine Spectator.


• Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked New Orleans No.7 on the magazine's list of The Best Big Cities in the U.S. for 2017, citing the city's unique mix of art, food and beverage as the reason travelers should visit the city, either for the first time or to make a return visit.

 Travel + Leisure's America's Favorite Places survey recognized New Orleans as the No.2 spot on the list. The publication's readers touted the city's history, food, festivals and many more.


• Norwegian Cruise Line announced it will deploy the 4,000 passenger Norwegian Breakaway to the Port of New Orleans beginning November 2018.
o The 1,068-foot vessel will be the largest cruise ship in both length and passenger occupancy to ever sail from Port NOLA, and its arrival will nearly double Norwegian's guest occupancy from New Orleans.


• 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 2,200-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:

• Condor Airlines has announced their return to New Orleans in 2018 with twice-weekly flights operating Thursdays and Sundays from May 17th, 2018 through September 30th, 2018, from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

• Frontier Airlines announced four new nonstop flights out of New Orleans.
o Austin, Texas. Flights depart and return to New Orleans Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, beginning October 5th, 2017.
o Islip, NY. Flights depart New Orleans Tuesday and Thursday and return Sunday and Tuesday,. beginning October 6th, 2017.
o Providence, R.I. Flights depart and return to New Orleans Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, beginning October 5th, 2017.
o San Antonio, Texas. Flights depart Wednesday and Friday. Flights return to New Orleans Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, beginning October 6th, 2017.

 Delta Airlines announced a seasonal, twice weekly, nonstop flight from Boston to New Orleans beginning February 10th, 2018 and running through April 1, 2018.

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

• Spirit Airlines announced four new nonstop flights to New Orleans, all beginning November 9th.
o Boston - departs daily
o Newark, N.J. - departs daily
o Tampa, Fla. - departs daily
o Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. - departs four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

 Southwest Airlines announced a new nonstop flight from Sacramento, Calif. to New Orleans beginning March 10th, 2018. The flight will only be available on Saturdays.


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

• American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting | November 11-14
o The Annual Meeting brings members of AAO, the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, together to learn, network and innovate.
o Projected attendance: 25,000

• International WorkBoat Show | November 29-December 1
o The WorkBoat Annual Conference welcomes commercial marine-specific professionals to learn the latest in marine safety, technology, government regulations and business management.
o Projected attendance: 14,000

• National Science Teachers Association Conference | November 30-December 2
o The NSTA conference connects and informs educators of the latest science content, teaching strategies and research to enhance and expand professional growth.
o Projected attendance: 3,000


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