MEETING PACKAGE: The Big Easy Makes Meetings Easier on Planners

Three Marriott Hotels of New Orleans are offering packages designed to appeal to meeting planners and attendees alike. Valid for meetings between June 1 and December 31, 2008, the offers include:

At the New Orleans Marriott, located in the French Quarter and steps from the Central Business District, meeting planners and guests will enjoy an extra night free when booking three consecutive nights. The hotel offers 1,329 guest rooms, 80,000 square feet of meeting and function space, and 47 meeting rooms. It is home to the largest hotel ballroom in Louisiana at 27,089 square feet. Recently, the hotel underwent a $38-million overhaul which added a fresh and contemporary look and feel to its guestrooms and most of its public space.

The JW Marriott New Orleans, located in the heart of the Central Business District and on the edge of the French Quarter, is offering meeting planners one $500 gift certificate to either the legendary Commander’s Palace, where Emeril got his start, or Pat O’Brien’s, home of the infamous Hurricane Cocktail. The JW Marriott New Orleans offers 487 guest rooms and seven suites. Its 19,000 square feet of upscale meeting and event space boasts 20 meeting rooms.

The Marriott at the Convention Center, located in the Arts and Warehouse District directly across the street from the New Orleans Morial Convention Center and the Port of New Orleans, is offering meeting planners and attendees a choice of two of the following:

--A ticket to the Aquarium of the Americas
--A ticket to the Audubon Zoo
--A voucher for an original Pat O’Brien’s hurricane
--A voucher for an order of Cafe Du Monde beignets and cafe au lait
--An all-day streetcar pass

The hotel, housed in a historic 19th century cotton mill, has 320 stylish guest rooms and 11 suites. Additionally, the hotel offers 24,464 square feet of flexible meeting space and 18 meeting rooms.

For more information log onto www.bigeasygroup.com or call each hotel’s group sales department directly: New Orleans Marriott (504) 553-5520; JW Marriott New Orleans (504) 525-6500; New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center (504) 613-2840.