CONVENTION CENTERS & FACILITIES
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (1.1 million sf)
PINNACLE AWARDS GO TO:
• New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Hotel Monteleone
• Hyatt Regency New Orleans
The city of New Orleans saw $1.57 billion in
capital improvements in 2013, and it shows. In addition to
hotel renovations and upgrades, the city has made
infrastructure improvements to the Ernest N. Morial Convention
Center and the iconic New Orleans streetcars.
The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center debuted its new
60,000-square-foot Great Hall ballroom in January, adding to
the convention center's more than 1 million square feet of
contiguous exhibition space and featuring an energy-efficient
LED lighting system.
Additionally, many hotels underwent upgrades this year. The
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Convention Center renovated
its 202 guest rooms, while the Four Points by Sheraton French
Quarter underwent upgrades to its restaurant and kitchen,
lobby, front desk, fitness center, hallways, and 186 guest
rooms. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel renovated its fitness area and
public spaces, and the boutique Dauphine Orleans Hotel
renovated all 111 of its guest rooms. Meanwhile, a complete
renovation of the Hotel InterContinental New Orleans is slated
to debut in spring 2014. The Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport is also preparing to undergo a massive
$826 million expansion.
New Orleans also has more restaurants now than ever before - a
mouth-watering 1,300. New local favorites include Kingfish
Restaurant, which opened in April and offers a modern take on
classic Louisiana cuisine, and Dickie Brennan's Tableau, which
also opened in April and features upscale French Creole fare.
Located in the historic French Quarter (also called the Vieux
Carré), both have meeting space.