Hotels Partner to Offer Largest Group Accommodations in New Orleans

The New Orleans Marriott and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, which stand face-to-face across Canal Street in the city's historic French Quarter, have established a new partnership that will allow them to offer the largest accommodation option for groups in the Big Easy, they announced yesterday.

Together, the two properties have a combined 170,000 square feet of meeting space, 2,400 guest rooms, 107 suites, 97 meeting rooms and eight ballrooms. Known as the French Quarter Connection, their partnership makes it possible for New Orleans to accommodate large convention groups of up to 8,000 meeting attendees.

"We formed this relationship to provide meeting planners with a unified option for their French Quarter meeting," said Robert Bray, general manager for the New Orleans Marriott. "Large groups have been unable to have their needs met by one hotel in the area so by forming this partnership we have created a gateway to the French Quarter for meeting planners."

Added Cara Banasch, area director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, "We are proud to partner with our acclaimed neighbors at the New Orleans Marriott and universal feedback from our clients using French Quarter Connection is that it is truly Big Easy Space with simple and seamless transitions, excellent service and amazing value. From arrival to departure, the teams work together to ensure logistics and communication are in alignment and there is a great sense of excitement for the endless options and creative events that can be done when we work together."

For more information about the French Quarter Connection, visit www.fqcmeetings.com.