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Sunday, December 21 2014

NOLA ChristmasFest A Magical Place for Families Now thru Christmas Eve

Christmas in New Orleans has always been a magical time and now a dazzling, family-friendly event offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit with spectacular lighting and activities at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

NOLA ChristmasFest kicked off on December 12 as a new indoor component of Christmas in the District providing 13 days of holiday fun for all ages.   It’s a “pay one price” opportunity for children to romp on 13 inflatables, climb a rock wall, enjoy sporting activities, a petting zoo and hands-on crafts, Skype with Santa’s elves, and hang out with adorable characters like Mr. Bingle, Rudolph, Frosty and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The entertainment line-up is diverse, featuring storytelling, cooking demos, puppet shows and New Orleans premier performers such as Lena Prima, Joe Krown, Benny Grunch, PresHall Brass, Victory Belles and Robin Barnes.

But there’s even more to this fabulous indoor event.  Festival-goers will discover a picturesque My New Orleans display after a journey though the Great Hall of Trees – more than 50 stunning Christmas trees decorated by hotels and businesses representing the hospitality industry – and some of the most amazing Gingerbread houses to be seen this holiday season.  The confectionary masterpieces replicate famous New Orleans landmarks and some, like the World War II Museum and Galatoire’s, offer impressive views inside such as planes and table seating, respectively.  Organized by the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the houses are part of a “people’s choice” competition to benefit Operation Homefront, an organization that provides assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.  Stephan Wanger of Beadtown is displaying his incredible Mardi Gras mural and actively working to create a new streetscape inside the Center.  Plus, this weekend, there’s a Louisiana-themed crafts market for last minute holiday shopping.  Admission to NOLA ChristmasFest is $15; children under 3 are free. Tickets are not required to attend the crafts market.

Festivities also include optional Parties with the Ice Princesses and their favorite Snowman on December 20-24 and a Sing-along with Santa Pajama Party on December 22.  These special events require reservations and feature refreshments, entertainment, sing-alongs and chances to take photos and create long-lasting memories. Admission is $35 and includes open access to all NOLA ChristmasFest activities and entertainment.  Children under 3 are free.

In addition to indoor activities at NOLA ChristmasFest, from now through December 24, visitors and locals alike are invited to drive down Convention Center Boulevard where thousands of lights and animated music will be showcased through January 6.  It’s all part of a holiday experience created by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in keeping with its mission to attract visitors to New Orleans and Louisiana.

Bob Johnson, President/General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, envisions NOLA ChristmasFest as the perfect opportunity for visitors and locals alike to bring their families and friends to the convention center to enjoy all of the festivities that NOLA ChristmasFest has to offer and to shop and dine in the Warehouse/Arts District.  “We’re thrilled with the response thus far”, commented Johnson.  “It’s our inaugural event but we’re getting positive feedback from everyone who’s been here. NOLA ChristmasFest is a great value for families with so much fun under one roof and we’re looking forward to expanding even more next year.”

Hours of Operation for NOLA ChristmasFest

 

Thursday and Friday, December 18-19                              5:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, December 20 – 21                           12:00 – 9:00 pm

Monday and Tuesday, December 22 – 23                         12:00 – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, December 24                                                   9:00 am – 2:00 pm     

 

Tickets & Parking

Tickets may be purchased online via christmasinthedistrict.com or at the Convention Center.  Group tickets are available with advance purchase via info@christmasinthedistrict.com.  Discounted parking is available in the nearby Fulton Street Parking Garage and Hilton Hotel Whale lot.

NOLA ChristmasFest at Christmas in the District is presented by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with support from the following sponsors and partners: WDSU TV, Magic 101.9, B97, Bayou 95.7, WWL AM 870 & FM 105.3 & .com, 3WL 1350 & .com Sports, Food & Fun, Coca-Cola, Rouses, The New Orleans Advocate, Gambit, Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Website: http://christmasinthedistrict.com

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Twitter: @NOLAChristmas
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Email: info@christmasinthedistrict.com

 

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FUN, HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES CONTINUE AT NOLA CHRISTMASFEST

ICE PRINCESSES, PAJAMA PARTIES, AND PRESHALL BRASS ALL AT NOLA CHRISTMASFEST!

It’s official: NOLA ChristmasFest is in full swing! Our cozy, indoor venue is completely weather-proof, and totally decked out for the holidays. From ice sculpture demonstrations to more than 50 decorated trees – not to mention a petting zoo, holiday characters like Frosty and the Coca Cola Polar Bears, caroling, pet adoption, and Skyping with Santa’s elves – ChristmasFest has holiday fun for all your friends and family.

We’re also an official drop-off spot for Toys for Tots: bring a new, unwrapped toy with you to the event to brighten a child’s holiday and receive a discount on NOLA ChristmasFest admission.

As we head into the weekend and Christmas break, we’re livening up the Fest even more with special events. Take a look at some highlights and purchase your tickets today!

KARAOKE CAROLING & COCKTAILS PARTY

This 21-and-up event takes place on Thursday, Dec. 18, giving guests the chance to stretch their vocal chords with some holiday karaoke. Need a little liquid courage? We’ve got that, too, with seasonal beverages a-plenty like Snoball Daiquiris.

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PARTIES WITH THE ICE PRINCESSES

Starring everyone’s favorite sisters from Arrendelle, this special event, starting Saturday, Dec. 20 all the way through Christmas Eve, features two meet-and-greet sing-alongs each day at 12:00 noon and 2:15 pm. For $35, you’ll receive exclusive access to this event in addition to general admission to NOLA ChristmasFest. Save room for milk and cookies, and bring your camera!

PRESHALL BRASS PERFORMANCE & PARADE

PresHall Brass is the resident band at the beloved French Quarter venue, and the guys have created a special holiday set just for NOLA ChristmasFest. Including an instrument introduction and second line parade, the event will culminate in a performance full of holiday songs – with a jazzy twist.

SING-ALONG PAJAMA PARTY WITH SANTA

Kids and their families will love the chance to rock their Christmas jammies with a side of milk and cookies on Monday, Dec. 22. The event also features surprise guests. Hint: We hear Santa and Mrs. Claus love pajama parties … and taking pictures! Tickets are $35 and include a Santa sing-along, story reading, photo op and general admission to NOLA ChristmasFest.

ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET

Last minute shoppers, don’t fret! The arts and crafts market offers handmade gifts for everyone on your list. Jewelry, stocking stuffers and decorative artwork are all available for purchase along with many other finely crafted wares that encapsulate the New Orleans art scene.

Here’s some photos of exciting things that happened at the kickoff of NOLA ChristmasFest last week:

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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Names Shelley Montamat as Onboarding Specialist/Trainer

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has named Shelley Montamat as Onboarding Specialist/Trainer. In her new role, Montamat is responsible for a variety of obligations that relate to personnel and training functions within the Human Resources Department at the Center.

A native of New Orleans, Montamat graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2013, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Human Resources.

Montamat  previously served as a Human Resources Clerk at the Convention Center, where she assisted Management in administration, recruiting and onboarding. In her new position, Montamat assists with recruiting and onboarding, and serves as a secondary facilitator for the Convention Center’s SPICE customer service program.

The purpose of SPICE, which was implemented in 2008, is to motivate and inspire employees to embrace the Convention Center’s mission of exceptional service, and apply the SPICE beliefs in every customer interaction to exceed expectations.

All 500 full-time and part-time employees are required to attend regular training on the

five Customer Service Standards that are the guiding philosophy of the program.  These standards are reinforced daily. The acronym SPICE stands for:

S – Serve with flexibility and a sense of urgency;

P – Perform with pride and passion;

I – Identify issues and provide solutions;

C – Convey a positive attitude;

E – Exceed expectations always.

A brief “SPICE Rack” meeting is held by each department at the beginning of the work day. During the Spice Rack, employees are encouraged to recognize fellow employees for exceptional acts of service.

The Convention Center also holds motivational, educational and teambuilding events for employees during the year, to reinforce the program.

Response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive from employees; and the success of the program is reflected in both feedback from our clients as well as interest from other businesses in New Orleans. With the customer service standards being practiced daily, the Convention Center has received numerous letters from clients praising the heightened level of service.  With the hiring of Montamat, the SPICE culture will be further championed.

 

Shelley Montamat

 

 

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation and a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually. A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, NOMCC event activity has produced $45.97 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $2.75 billion in new tax revenue.

Exhibition Hall Authority Refunds Bonds at Significant Savings and Receives Bond Rating Upgrade

Solid financial strength, a prosperous tax base and strong year-round tourism are key metrics that allowed the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (“ the Authority”) to refund $77.53 million of debt and recognize a total debt service savings of $14.8 million  (present value savings of $9.8 million.)

The Authority hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch as senior underwriter to work with its financial advisor, Public Financial Management, Inc, and legal counsel, Foley & Judell, LLP, to structure the bond refunding transaction. The $65.88 million of 2014 special tax refunding bonds retired the 2004 series allowing the Authority to recognize a 12.7% savings in current debt structure with no extension of final maturity.

Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service rate the Authority’s bonds.  Fitch rated the 2014 series “A+” with a stable outlook while affirming the “A+” rating on the 2012 series.  Moody’s assigned an “A1” rating with a stable outlook to the 2014 series and upgraded the 2012 series from “A2” to “A1” stable outlook. Both rating agencies recognized the Authority’s improved bond coverage.  Moreover, the City of New Orleans has enjoyed an increase in tourism and population gains.

“We are pleased with Moody’s bond rating upgrade and the continuation of the strong Fitch rating, which reflect the Authority’s history of sound fiscal management,” said Bob Johnson, executive vice president of the Authority and president/general manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “We look forward to showcasing our future building improvements as it will only strengthen our level of service and allow us to attract even more events here to New Orleans.”

First Ever “Net Zero” Convention Center Expo Area Debuted in New Orleans

The world’s largest sustainable building conference, The Greenbuild Conference and Expo, featuring the first “net zero” exhibit space, was held in New Orleans, October 22-24, with 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center helped Greenbuild set up the first “net zero” exhibit space by utilizing the building’s balcony as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths. The Net Zero Zone showcased how booths in the exhibit hall can unplug from the utility grid and operate totally on power generated by solar panels. If any of the power sources are interrupted, the remaining sources pick up the slack, exemplifying Greenbuild’s key theme of resiliency.

Owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. USGBC, the sponsor of Greenbuild, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

The group committed to hold their meeting in New Orleans four years ago, at a point in time where the Convention Center’s recycling program was limited to cardboard. New Orleans, as a destination, committed to meeting Greenbuild’s sustainability requirements that included composting and a full recycling program. Over the last four years, the Convention Center’s Environmental department found local partners to help implement the programs. The Center enlisted NOLA Green Roots for composting services and has been composting waste from the kitchen and food service areas on a regular basis in advance of the Greenbuild meeting. Compost bins are placed in the food services areas and  NOLA Green Roots picks up and weighs the waste weekly. The composting efforts were taken to the next level for the Greenbuild meeting: a 30-yard open top container was placed in each of the four loading bays of the Center to collect of the compostable waste from the front of the house, such as cellulose-based paper towels from the 34 restrooms.

NOLA Green Roots estimated more than 9,000 pounds of organic material was composted (9,160 lbs). Another 2,827 pounds of food was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.  More than 20,940 lbs pounds of waste (out of 86,788 lbs) from the event were diverted from a landfill. Currently, the Convention Center diverts 15% of its waste to compost and recycling. For this event, the Convention Center exceeded its goal of 65% by 11%, for a total of 76% of waste diverted to compost and recycling. This percentage represents more than 63,000 pounds of waste that was recycled in some way: aluminum, plastic and paper (19,500 pounds); cardboard (11,800 pounds); construction and demolition debris (10,460 pounds); plastic films (3,560 pounds); glass (3,854 pounds); and pallets (1,860 pounds).

The compost and recycling efforts are just the latest in a full scale program of sustainability improvements at the Convention Center. Over the past four years, the Convention Center has taken steps towards significant energy-saving measures:

  • 6,000 25-watt incandescent outdoor lights replaced with full-watt LED lamps that last 25 times longer than an incandescent lamp, reducing the man-power needed to physically replace them when they expire
  • Iridescent interior building lighting replaced with induction lighting, which is 85% more effecting.
  • 3/4 mile of iridescent lighting on loading dock replaced with induction lighting
  • Implemented computerized energy management system for lighting, heating and air conditioning.
  • Replaced 26-year old chillers with new, energy efficient models.

The combined energy-saving measures have reduced the Convention Center’s monthly electric bill from $600,000 to $300,000, representing a cost savings of $3.6 million per year. Future energy-saving plans include LED lighting for exhibit halls and public spaces, and a “meeting room of the future” that will be energy efficient. The Convention Center also intends to replace 3/4 of a mile of glass panels in the front of the building with high-efficiency art glass, and install solar panels on the roof of the building, which measures 40 acres. It is estimated that the solar panels on the roof of the building would generate two to three megawatts of energy.

 

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The Convention Center’s skylights were utilized as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths.

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The Net Zero Pavilion at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo at
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Greenbuild Conference and Expo attendees separate their waste into recycling bins provided by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Greenbuild Conference and Expo at
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WRESTLEMANIA® GENERATES RECORD $142 MILLION FOR NEW ORLEANS REGION

WWE®  (NYSE: WWE) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that WrestleMania 30 generated a record-breaking $142.2 million in economic impact for the New Orleans region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks the third consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host city.

Over the past seven years, WrestleMania has generated more than half a billion dollars in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event.  WrestleMania 30 also generated approximately $24.3 million in federal, state and local taxes.

Nearly 30,000 fans visited the WrestleMania 30 AXXESS event at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three-day event offered fans the opportunity to get autographs and photos with their favorite WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, plus live matches, Superstar Q&A’s, memorabilia displays, interactive activities and more.

“On behalf of New Orleans, we thank all WWE fans that came from around the world to experience all that our beautiful city has to offer,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  “The week-long series of events helped generate a record-breaking boost to our economy, and we look forward to the possibility of New Orleans hosting a future WrestleMania.”

“We are thrilled that our historic milestone celebration delivered a record economic windfall for New Orleans,” said John P. Saboor, Executive Vice President of Special Events for WWE.  “Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mayor Landrieu, the New Orleans Saints, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and so many other public and private sector partners from throughout the community that created an enormous welcome and experience for WWE’s worldwide fan base.  We now turn our attention to the journey ahead in Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area for WrestleMania 31.”

A capacity crowd of 75,167 fans from all 50 states and 36 countries attended WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza this past April, making it the highest-grossing entertainment event at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Key highlights from the study include:

-       $142.2 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by

those visiting New Orleans for WrestleMania 30.

-       79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the greater New Orleans region and stayed an average of 3.7 nights.

-       $22.5 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within the New Orleans region.

-       The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,662 full-time jobs for the area.

-       $10.7 million was spent by visitors to New Orleans at area restaurants.

Next year, WrestleMania 31 will take place Sunday, March 29 at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 15 at 12 noon ET/9 AM PT.  The event will be broadcast on WWE Network and pay-per-view in more than 170 countries.

 

 


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