A Welcome from Stephen Perry - CEO, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
Dear attendees of the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition,
It is an honor to welcome the American Library Association (ALA) back to New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. It is a great honor to host the oldest and largest library association once again in one of America’s most historic and culturally rich destinations…a city that visitors have loved for centuries. The ALA holds a special place in the heart of our city, as the first city-wide meeting to return to our city in 2006 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The show of support from 17,000 librarians coming to the city and lending a hand to help us rebuild, proved that we were back and ready for business.
As we celebrate our tricentennial, there has never been a better time to visit New Orleans. Thanks to the support and dedication of visitors and locals alike, New Orleans is experiencing a true economic and cultural renaissance. From the development of a new world class airport opening in 2019, a re-energizing billion-dollar project along the riverfront, to small independent businesses in the eclectic, historic neighborhoods of Tremé, Bywater, Magazine Street and Faubourg Marigny, business and culture are booming.
Whether this your first time in the city or you’re a repeat visitor, you owe it to your soul to immerse yourself in our rich culture and enjoy all that our beautiful, sensory and authentic city has to offer. Be sure to explore our 1,500+ restaurants from the traditional pillars of New Orleans dining celebrated throughout the years, to the emergent new chefs offering stunningly innovative international cuisine and world-class fusions of culinary traditions – all here in the most award-winning city for food per capita in the world. No place has a better combination of elegant fine dining, food under ten dollars and the greatest mixology found anywhere on Earth from morning till long past midnight, while the riffs of jazz music fill your ears everywhere you stroll.
On behalf of the entire hospitality community – chefs, street performers, musicians, bellmen, artists, actors, writers and housekeepers – welcome to New Orleans. We are happy to be your “source for exploration” for the next few days. We hope you enjoy your stay and return often to our wonderful city.
President and CEO
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
Events held in New Orleans just aren’t the same as events held in other cities. Smiles are brighter. Handshakes are more energetic. Everyone is simply excited to be in one of the world’s most storied and culturally rich destinations. Traditional, old-time jazz music enlivens the soul, the cuisine is incomparable, and the city’s charm captivates.
The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and tradeshows annually.
Once the meetings are over, the city’s renowned restaurants and music clubs are a great way for visitors to relax and have some fun. The world-famous attractions of the French Quarter lay just steps away from the convention center, while the historic St. Charles streetcar line runs past the elegant homes of the Garden District. The excitement of New Orleans transforms an obligatory business trip into an unexpected experience.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center located at:
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Parking Information