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Michelle Minyard Named National Sales Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Michelle Minyard has been named as National Sales Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In this role, Minyard will be responsible for developing and servicing clients in the Washington D.C. and Southeast markets. She will also work closely with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau on prospects to generate business for the Convention Center.

With her career in the New Orleans hospitality industry spanning more than 25 years, Minyard brings rich sales and event planning experience    …Continue Reading


Donna Karl Sakelakos Named Director of Event Services

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Donna Karl Sakelakos, CMP has been named Director of Event Services at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – the sixth largest convention center in the nation. In her role as director, she will supervise the planning and execution of all events held at the facility. Karl will head a team of nine Event Services Managers and Coordinators who boast an impressive 140 years of experience at the Convention Center, with three Managers serving 31 or more years.

Karl,    …Continue Reading


New Orleans’s First Full-Scale City-Assisted Evacuation Exercise Held at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) joined local, state and federal public safety officials to host the first full-scale exercise of the City Assisted Evacuation system at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Wednesday.

Hundreds of volunteers “role played” as evacuees and helped representatives from various agencies practice the steps required to safely evacuate residents in the event of a city-wide emergency. City-Assisted Evacuation provides transportation from 17 Evacuspots to the Union Passenger    …Continue Reading


Centerplate Hosts “Zero Waste Lunch” at Waste Expo

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Centerplate, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s exclusive food and beverage provider, hosted a “Zero Waste Lunch” at the 2017 WasteExpo convention on May 10. Chef Brandon Felder, Executive Chef, and his team served industry attendees a menu of Beet Salad, Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp, and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, made with parts of food that would otherwise be discarded.

The lunch was created in partnership with the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Centerplate, GES, Salvage Supperclub,    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Robert Johnson to Retire Effective September

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Robert Johnson, President and General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has announced his retirement effective September 2017. Johnson has served as the facility’s senior director since 2007.

Johnson has led the nation’s 6th largest convention and exhibition hall through numerous renovations and improvements, including the addition of the $52 million Great Hall and Julia Street entry plaza. Most recently Johnson has been the primary visionary and driver behind the facility’s planned renaissance of Convention Center Boulevard    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Moves Forward With Plans for Linear Park

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Plans for the exciting transformation of Convention Center Boulevard in New Orleans, which will connect the bustling Warehouse/Arts District with the historic French Quarter and dramatically transform the guest experience at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, are becoming a reality.

A new linear park will update the urban environment with a tree-lined pedestrian plaza, bike lanes, moving walkways, sleek overhangs, fountains, green walls, water walls, and shaded sitting areas for visitors.

The construction    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Tourism Industry Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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New Orleans joined cities across the globe in celebrating the impact of meetings and live events on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau along with MPI Gulf States Chapter held a special luncheon, featuring an address by industry icon Donald S. (Don) Freeman, Jr., Chairman of Freeman, at the Convention Center. The event was held during the International Association of    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Tourism Industry to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Industry Leader Don Freeman to Keynote

New Orleans will join cities across the globe in celebrating the impact of meetings and live events on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) Thursday, April 6, 2017. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau along with MPI Gulf States Chapter invite all to attend a special luncheon, featuring an address by industry icon Donald S. (Don) Freeman, Jr., Chairman of Freeman, at the Convention Center.

Under Don    …Continue Reading


New Orleans EMS Foundation Receives Bleeding Control Kit Donation To Be Used at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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The New Orleans EMS Foundation received a generous donation of 10 Bleeding Control Kits from Rescue Essentials, a retail company specializing in Tactical EMS supplies, trauma gear, and equipment.  New Orleans EMS (NOEMS), the exclusive medical services provider at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will install the kits in strategic locations throughout the facility.

The Bleeding Control Kits will allow individuals to immediately control the loss of blood from severe injuries. Each kit contains two sealed    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Convention Center Authority and New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute Announce Cooperative Endeavor Agreement

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$12M investment from Convention Center to drive hospitality industry development in the region

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, the governing body of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has entered a cooperative endeavor agreement with New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) to operate an educational institution at 725 Howard Avenue.  By purchasing the Howard Avenue building, the Authority has made an integral investment in local culinary and hospitality training and education,    …Continue Reading


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