New Orleans Shines

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CONVENTION CENTERS & FACILITIES
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (1.1 million sf)

ROOM TAX 
13 percent

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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.