Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Sunday, April 22 2018

New Orleans Celebrates Third Annual Global Meetings Industry Day

NEW ORLEANS – (April 12, 2018) – Today, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB), the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) and the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Gulf States Chapter celebrated the third annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). The industry luncheon featured a panel discussion with Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association (USTA), the premier advocacy organization for the travel industry, alongside local industry leaders Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the NOCVB, and Michael Sawaya, President and General Manager of MCCNO. The panel was led by Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

The New Orleans tourism industry stands beside hundreds of other organizations across 30 countries today to celebrate the real impact of meetings and events on our communities. New research from Oxford Economics affirms that in a single year – and despite a continued rise in virtual communications options – face-to-face meetings and events supported 5.9 million jobs and $845 billion in economic impact in the United States. In New Orleans, tourism is the largest industry, representing nearly half of the city’s operating budget and supporting more than 89,000 hospitality industry workers that are directly employed by the industry. For 300 years, New Orleans has been the ideal location for meetings and conventions, and continues to this day as we host more than 1,500 meetings per year.

“On this GMID, we were honored to take a moment to recognize the massive impact of meetings and events on our local economy and celebrate in true New Orleans fashion,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the NOCVB. “As we recognize our tricentennial this year, we are thrilled to continue hosting some of the most prestigious meetings and events in the country – from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to WrestleMania and so many more – with the unmatched Southern hospitality that New Orleans is known for.”

“Our industry is the front door to economic development,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of USTA. “This is adult education. This is how America does business.”

Recently named a “must visit” destination by more than 25 influential publications in the country this year, including Number 1 on The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2018,” New Orleans continues to thrive as a favorite destination for leisure and business travelers alike.

Today’s event was attended by more than 250 local professionals and all proceeds were donated to the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. In total, $10,580 was raised to support the organization.

Click here to download photos from the event. Additional high-res photos available upon request.

To learn more about GMID, visit www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com for information and resources. Participate in the digital conversations by following @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter, using #GMID18 and watching the live-stream of events provided by MPI.

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Darren G. Mire appointed to New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Exhibition Hall Authority Board

Darren G. Mire, the Director of Valuation for the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office, has been appointed Commissioner to the Board of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (Authority) by Governor John Bel Edwards. The Authority’s 12-member Board of Commissioners governs the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana.

Mire is succeeding Commissioner Jay H. Banks, who has resigned and will begin his tenure as New Orleans City Councilman after being elected to the position in 2017.

Mire served two terms as the elected Assessor of the First Municipal District of Orleans Parish from 2002 to 2010. He is a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents, and a former member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. “I am truly honored and excited to work with such a prestigious board and look forward to continuing the work in promoting our great City of New Orleans and its economic growth,” said Mire.

“We are pleased to have Darren Mire join our board at such an important time in the Authority’s history,” said Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Chairman Melvin Rodrigue. “He brings valuable experience and a record of accomplishment that will serve the Authority and our convention center very well.”

A life-long resident of New Orleans, Mire earned his B.A. in Political Economy and a Masters in Professional Studies in Political Management from Tulane University.

 

Darren G. Mire


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 (MCCNO) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation, a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually, and one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, MCCNO event activity has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.

About the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority’s (Authority) exclusive mission is to finance, construct and operate facilities in order to attract and conduct conventions, trade shows and other events that support and expand the economy of both the State of Louisiana and New Orleans Region. The Authority is composed of a 12-member board of commissioners, nine appointed by the Governor of Louisiana, and three appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans. Since 1985, event activity at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.

 

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NEW ORLEANS – (April 12, 2018) – Today, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB), the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) and the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Gulf States Chapter celebrated the third annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). The industry luncheon featured a panel discussion with Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association (USTA), the premier advocacy organization for the travel industry, alongside local industry leaders Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the    …Continue Reading


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Darren G. Mire, the Director of Valuation for the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office, has been appointed Commissioner to the Board of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (Authority) by Governor John Bel Edwards. The Authority’s 12-member Board of Commissioners governs the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana.

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