Need a fun signature drink for a meeting in the Big Easy? Old New Orleans Rum is locally owned and operated by artist James Michalopoulos. Four varieties are available: Crystal, Amber, Cajun Spice and the oak barrel-aged Ten Year Special Edition.
It’s been more than six months since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill raised questions about whether Gulf of Mexico destinations from Texas to Florida would be able to maintain their blue waters, white-sand beaches and fresh seafood production. But by all accounts, businesses and beaches are open and welcoming all meetings and events. Here are some destination updates …
Winds this week will largely determine what happens along the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as the worst oil spill in U.S. history nears the two-month mark. Forecasters have been most concerned about the Mississippi/Alabama barrier islands and the Florida Panhandle. Thousands of vacationers, meanwhile, are changing plans, either hoping to catch […]
By Jan Tolle MacDonald, CMP, CMM It’s my last day in New Orleans, and I will depart for Minneapolis where the expected temperature is -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Since I work for Travel Alberta, I should say -28 degrees Celsius, even though Canadians are so smart they know both systems. The irony is that Alberta is […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM Well, it was a whirlwind from the moment I left Toronto, from networking at the airport to meeting the PCMA Canada East Freddie Kippert student winner on the plane. (She was seated right behind me.) The Hilton was buzzing with activity. After snacks with good friends and doing some brainstorming, […]
If you have to make a big impression or arrange a very special small meeting for your top CEO, here’s a coast-to-coast list of 10 of the best new restaurants from one of the country’s top food critics, Frank Bruni of The New York Times. Featured restaurants include O Ya in Boston, Ubuntu in Napa […]
In New Orleans, turn your group into TAPS-style ghost hunters at Ghost Expeditions’ new paranormal attraction center, The Haunted Mortuary, which allows participants to conduct their own ghost hunts or paranormal investigations through the haunted, three-story property between midnight and 5 a.m. Guided evening and daytime tours also are available.
On Aug. 22, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center board of directors voted to cancel the Phase IV expansion project, which had been on hold since fall 2005. The money formerly earmarked for the expansion will be spent on renovations upgrading the center’s furniture, lighting and technology, instead.
“Any meeting planner that is seriously considering holding a meeting in New Orleans and has not been here, all they have to do is get a plane ticket, and I will be happy to arrange the rest on as near a comp basis as is possible. We need planners to believe in our city as a great place to have their meeting.”
When planners began moving convention business out of post-Katrina New Orleans, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau promised New Orleans that Chicago hotels would send them $10 per room per night booked by the relocating groups. Last month, bureau reps brought nearly $900,000 of hotel room rebates back to the Big Easy.
How Coca-Cola managed to make a difference for business partners, employees and the community with one meeting in New Orleans.
Another inspiring story from New Orleans: This one is from Brian Panozzo, general manager of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter.
Todd Whalley, the director of sales for Louisiana’s Northshore Tourist & Convention Commission, was in Atlanta in February for a PYM event and gave us an update on New Orleans. He also told us a touching story from MPI’s Professional Education Conference (PEC) in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, 2007, and we asked him if we could share it with our readers.
How often do you think about using sports venues for off-site meal functions? Events Specialists took a simple banquet, and by placing it inside New Orleans’ Superdome, created a very special event.
There’s something disarming about adults playing dress-up; watching them stay in character creates a sense of fun that’s contagious.
The $2 billion in business New Orleans estimates it lost between September 2005 and March 2006, when its convention center was closed, made 2006 a bittersweet year. But it’s not long-term demand the city is worried about.
New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was scheduled to host more than 40 conventions this fall, but in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s trail of destruction and mass flooding, the New Orleans CVB announced the suspension of all meeting and convention activity through March 31, 2006. The hurricane hit just before New Orleans’ peak […]
NAMES Steven A. Schuldenfrei has been named President of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association; Mary Beth Rebedeau will fill the vacancy he left as Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers. Alyssa Egger has been named Account Services Representative for Plan Your Meetings (PYM) magazine. Egger will work directly with PYM’s advertising partners […]
Pillow gifts may be left in guest rooms at the beginning or end of the event as an incentive or a memento, or every day of the meeting to reinforce the meeting’s message. Baskets of fruit, cookies or a bottle of wine with a selection of cheeses are common, but always welcome at check-in. Better […]