What's New in New Orleans' Hospitality Industry - July 2014


  • IndyCar, the premier American-based open-wheel racing series, will race in the New Orleans area for the first time in 2015. The open-wheel race will come to the 2.75-mile road course at the private NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans. The $60 million NOLA Motorsports Park opened in 2011. www.nolamotor.com
  • The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk reopened its doors on May 22, 2014 as the nation's first outlet center in the heart of a downtown. The facility underwent a $70 million renovation that expanded its footprint by 50,000 square feet to nearly 250,000 square feet. The space is leased by a mix of national and local retailers including Coach Factory Store, Forever 21 and Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus. www.riverwalkmarketplace.com
  • The 10th annual COOLinary New Orleans, New Orleans' restaurant month, will take place from August 1-31, 2014. More than 50 world-class restaurants will offer special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and/or three-course dinner menus for $35 or less. The event commemorates the renowned and authentic cuisine of New Orleans and its expanding culinary community, which currently boasts more than 1,400 restaurants. www.coolinaryneworleans.com
  • The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) will reopen in its new location at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on September 29, 2014. The former Dryades Market will be converted into the home of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the award-winning, unique museum of culinary culture and history. Plans for the building include the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery, and the Gallery of the States. The Gallery of the States will feature exhibits which transport visitors on a culinary journey to the other states of the South and the District of Columbia. www. southernfood.org
  • Aunt Sally's Creole Pralines offers a new Historic Creole Praline Tasting Tour at their store at 750 St. Charles Avenue. This one hour in-store tour highlights the interesting history of Aunt Sally's Pralines in New Orleans, and focuses on the beginning of the company in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Visitors can taste Aunt Sally's praline delights as they watch highly skilled praline cooks create a true New Orleans confection and candy in the traditional way. www.auntsallys.com

  Festivales y eventos 2014

  • 80th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl/Jan. 2
  • Maratón de Rock N 'Roll / Feb. 2
  • Festival Zulu Lundi Gras / 3 de marzo
  • 25 ° Lundi Gras anual en Spanish Plaza con Rex / 3 de marzo
  • Mardi Gras Day/March 4
    Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival/March 19-23
  • The BUKU Music + Art Project/March 21-22
  • Congo Square / New World Rhythms Festival / 22-23 de marzo
  • Fiesta de Primavera / 22-30 de marzo
  • Festival Roadfood de Nueva Orleans / 28 de marzo
  • Louisiana Oyster Jubilee/March 29
  • Festival del Barrio Francés / 10-13 de abril
  • Festival de Jazz y Patrimonio de Nueva Orleans presentado por Shell / 25 de abril al 4 de mayo
  • Zoo To Do for Kids / 2 de mayo
  • Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo / 16-18 de mayo
  • Experiencia gastronómica y de vinos de Nueva Orleans / 21-24 de mayo
  • Festival griego / 23-25 de mayo
  • New Orleans Oyster Festival/ May 31-June 1
  • Creole Tomato Festival/ June 7-8
  • Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival/June 14-15
  • FestiGals/June 19-22
  • New Orleans Pride Festival/June 20-22
  • Festival de Música ESSENCE / 3-6 de julio
  • San Fermin in Nueva Orleans/July 12
  • Tales of the Cocktail / 16-20 de julio
  • Satchmo SummerFest / 31 de julio-agosto. 3
  • COOLinary New Orleans/Aug. 1-31
  • Noche de lino blanco Whitney / Ago. 2
  • Noche de ropa sucia / Ago. 9
  • Nueva Orleans Red Dress Run / Ago. 9
  • Southern Decadence Festival/Aug. 27-Sept. 1
  • New Orleans Burlesque Festival/Sept. 18-21
  • Old Algiers River Fest/ Sept. TBD
  • Gretna Heritage Festival/Oct. 3-5
  • Art for Arts 'Sake / Oct. TBD
  • New Orleans Film Festival/Oct. 16-23
  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival / Oct. 17-19
  • Festival de mariscos de Luisiana / Octubre TBD
  • Celebracion Latina / Oct. TBD
  • Voodoo Music + Art Experience/Oct. 31-Nov. 2
  • Asian Pacific American Society Festival/Nov. 1
  • Bayou Bacchanal/ Nov. 1
  • Oak Street Poboy Festival/ Nov. TBD
  • Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival/Nov. 8-9
  • New Orleans Fringe Festival/ Nov. 19-23
  • Christmas New Orleans Style/December

Meetings and Conventions

Las reuniones (3.000 o más asistentes) en 2014 incluyen:

  • Asociación Nacional de Concesionarios de Automóviles / Ene. 24-27
  • Mundo de ruedas / Feb. 7-9
  • Exposición de regalos y joyas de Nueva Orleans / Ene. 24-27
  • Comic Con de Nueva Orleans / Feb. 7-9
  • Convención Internacional LIMU / 7-8 de marzo
  • Academia Estadounidense de Cirujanos Ortopédicos / 11-15 de marzo
  • Asociación Internacional de Productos para el Sueño / 26-29 de marzo
  • Access Intelligence / 1-3 de abril
  • Conferencia Dental de Nueva Orleans / 3-5 de abril
  • Asociación Nacional de Juntas Escolares / 5-7 de abril
  • Consejo Nacional de Profesores de Matemáticas / 9-12 de abril
  • Asociación Americana de Ortodoncia / 25-29 de abril
  • Asociación Internacional de Lectura / 9-12 de mayo
  • Feria Internacional de Joyería / Feria de Mercancía General / 16-19 de mayo
  • Asociación Nacional de Maestros de Ciencias (Foro STEM) / 14-17 de mayo
  • Instituto de Tecnólogos de Alimentos / 21-24 de junio
  • Asociación Nacional de Condados / 11-14 de julio
  • Orden benevolente y protectora de los alces / 13-17 de julio
  • Association of Locksmiths of America / 19-26 de julio
  • Asociación de Restaurantes de Luisiana / Ago. 2-4
  • MechaConVII / Ago. 1-3
  • Exposición de regalos y joyas de Nueva Orleans / Ago. 15-18
  • Compañía de Seguros de Vida de Nueva York / Ago. 24-27
  • Convención Nacional Bautista / Sept. 1-5
  • Infor Global Solutions / Sept. 15-18
  • Asociación Internacional de Gestión de Instalaciones / Sept. 17-19
  • Federación del Medio Ambiente del Agua / Sept. 27-oct. 1
  • Sociedad Estadounidense de Anestesiólogos / Oct. 11-15
  • Sociedad Estadounidense de Medicina e Higiene Tropical / Nov. 2-6
  • Asociación Nacional de REALTORS / Nov. 7-10
  • Feria Internacional de Joyería / Salón de Mercancía General / Nov. 6-9
  • Instituto de Ingenieros Eléctricos y Electrónicos / Nov. 16-21
  • Asociación Estadounidense de Salud Pública / Nov. 15-19
  • International Workboat Show/Dec. 3-5


  • The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport announced that low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will add two new destinations from New Orleans. On August 1, 2014, Spirit Airlines will begin a daily non-stop flight from New Orleans to Houston and Ft. Lauderdale with their all-Airbus fleet. The flight to Ft. Lauderdale is timed to allow for their many connections to Central America from that city. The new daily flight to Houston will depart New Orleans at 10:12 a.m. The daily flight to Ft. Lauderdale will depart New Orleans at 7:58 p.m. www.flymsy.com
  • Southwest Airlines continues to expand its air service offerings at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport with the announcement of new service to Washington's Regan National Airport (DCA). In this most recent announcement, Southwest will begin service to DCA beginning August 10, 2014. The new twice daily service will depart New Orleans at 7:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. and arrive in Washington at 11:05 a.m. and 6:25 p.m. respectively. The return flights will leave our nation's capital at 9:00 a.m. and 6:05 p.m.; arriving in New Orleans at 12:05 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. www.swamedia.com


  • New Orleans' tourism industry welcomed 9.28 million visitors in 2013, an increase of three percent, or about 272,000 people, from 2012 (9.01 million). The 9.28 million visitors spent $6.47 billion, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012 and the highest spending in the city's history, according to a study released in April 2014. 42.5 percent of New Orleans visitors were in town for the first time; 57.5 percent were repeat visitors, and overnight visitation from top feeder markets outside of Louisiana were: Texas, Florida, California and Mississippi. www.neworleanscvb.com


The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates its 54th anniversary in 2014.

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