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New Orleans Celebrates Third Annual Global Meetings Industry Day

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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


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

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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.

Mire is succeeding Commissioner Jay H. Banks, who has resigned and will begin his tenure as New Orleans City Councilman    …Continue Reading


Michael Sawaya Begins First Week as President/General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Michael J. Sawaya, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s new President/General Manager, began his tenure in his new position on February 19. Sawaya was chosen by the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, the governing board of the convention center, from a deep field of experienced candidates after the Center’s previous General Manager, Bob Johnson, retired in September 2017 after ten years at the post.

In his first address to employees of the New Orleans Ernest N.    …Continue Reading


Scientists Discuss ‘Green’ Roof solutions for New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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The construction of an eco-friendly “green” roof over the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was the topic of a scientific exercise conducted during the 50th annual American Geophysical Union Fall Conference.

The exercise drew members of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), and officials from the New Orleans Convention Center. Discussion revolved around brainstorming ideas for how best to help the earth using the 1.8 million square feet of roofing the Convention Center plans to    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Business and Convention Officials Host French Delegation to Celebrate New Sister City Partnership

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NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Convention Center officials welcomed a delegation from Orléans, France on Monday after it and New Orleans were officially named sister cities on January 5.

Tourism officials from Orléans met with New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Vice President of Finance and Administration, Alita Caparotta and Sales Manager Stew Krane. The delegation was given a tour of some of the event space and meeting rooms the New Orleans Convention Center has to offer.

As part of the    …Continue Reading


Convention Center Board Hires SEB Consultant JD Russell

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(NEW ORLEANS) – The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, the governing board of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has contracted with JD Russell Consulting, LLC to advise on Small and Emerging Business (SEB) outreach.

The firm will review, evaluate and recommend best practices to improve the effectiveness of the Convention Center’s recently launched Small and Emerging Business Program. Other services will include program and policy review, outreach, advertising, tracking, reporting, and community engagement.

The Convention Center’s    …Continue Reading


Michael J. Sawaya Named President/General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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(NEW ORLEANS) – The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (Authority) has named Michael J. Sawaya as president and general manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and executive vice president of the Authority. He succeeds Robert L. “Bob” Johnson, who retired on September 25 after ten years of service.

“We could not be more pleased with the selection of Michael Sawaya to lead our Convention Center to its next level of success.  He comes to    …Continue Reading


NOLA ChristmasFest 2017 Breaks Five-Year Attendance Record

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(NEW ORLEANS) – Officials with the New Orleans Morial Convention Center today announced that the 2017 NOLA ChristmasFest shattered all previous attendance records since 2013 hosting an estimated 43,500 attendees during this season’s 11-day holiday extravaganza.

NOLA ChristmasFest, one of the largest indoor holiday events along the Gulf Coast, celebrated its last day Sunday closing its doors and the extravagant winter wonderland at 5 pm. NOLA ChristmasFest has seen increases in attendance every year since its inception, and Convention Center officials    …Continue Reading


NOLA CHRISTMASFEST KICKS OFF 11-DAY HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

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(NEW ORLEANS) – Beginning tomorrow, people of all ages visiting NOLA ChristmasFest will experience the magic of the season during an 11-day holiday extravaganza amidst scores of decorated Christmas trees and thousands of dazzling lights inside the weather-protected festival. The Fifth Annual NOLA ChristmasFest kicks off tomorrow (Thursday, December 21) and continues through Sunday, December 31, providing a welcoming setting for new holiday traditions to visitors and locals alike.

The popular family holiday celebration will feature the only REAL indoor ice    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Employees Deliver Holiday Cheer to Families at The Ronald McDonald House of New Orleans

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Santa’s elves brought plenty of smiles to small faces as they delivered a hefty sack of toys to The Ronald McDonald House of New Orleans. New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center employees donated money via payroll deductions to buy toys and supplies for the young patients who are spending their Christmas in a hospital setting as they battle various illnesses, as well as toys for their siblings, and gift cards and toiletry packs for the parents. The group also    …Continue Reading


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