Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Friday, April 19 2019


New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Maintains AA+ Bond Rating

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Solid financial strength allowed the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (“the Authority”) to maintain its AA+ bond rating from Fitch Ratings. Fitch also noted that the Authority’s special tax bonds have a “stable outlook.”  The Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services including credit ratings that provide valuable insights for investors in long-term debt.  Fitch’s AA+ bond rating is one of the highest that can be achieved.

“We are pleased with the continuation of the strong    …Continue Reading

Matthews Southwest Hospitality, LLC and Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Release Initial Design Concept of Planned Convention Center Headquarters Hotel

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New Orleans, LA – Matthews Southwest Hospitality, LLC, a national hospitality industry developer based in Dallas, TX, today released an initial conceptual design of the proposed headquarters hotel that would be attached to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, giving the public a first glimpse at the proposed exterior of the $558 million addition to the city’s hospitality inventory. In addition to Matthews, the Project team includes Preston Hollow Capital, Provident Resources Group, The Convention District Development Associates and    …Continue Reading

New Orleans City Business names New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as 2018 Best Places to Work Honoree

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New Orleans CityBusiness has selected the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as a 2018 “Best Places to Work” honoree in the “Large Companies” category.

All 50 companies chosen will be honored at an awards event at noon Friday, Dec. 7, at the Hyatt Regency. The top three large and small companies will be announced at the event.

To see the full list of honorees, click here.

Construction Begins on Convention Center Boulevard

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Construction has begun on the $65 million transformation of Convention Center Boulevard, stretching from Poydras Street upriver to Henderson Street. The project, approved in May 2015 by the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (Authority), the governing board of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will connect the expansive Warehouse/Arts District with the Central Business District and historic French Quarter improving the out-of-town guest experience for visitors while creating new outdoor attractions for residents.

These improvements are part of a    …Continue Reading

Convention Center Hotel Economic Benefits to be Presented at Board Meeting

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Draft findings by the consultant retained by the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority to study the economic benefits of the proposed Convention Center Hotel and related mixed-use development project will be presented at the Authority’s August Board Meeting.  This is the first formal step to begin earnest negotiations with the selected hotel developer.


August 22, 2018

2:00 p.m.

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Tickets for Chefs Taste Challenge: Battle of the Gulf Now on Sale

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NEW ORLEANS – Tickets are now on sale for New Orleans’ premiere cooking competition, Chefs Taste Challenge, taking place on September 7, 2018. Eight chefs from the Gulf Coast region will prepare a dinner entrée tasting course. Awards for wining dishes will be selected by attendees and a panel of judges. Tickets for the event cost $99 each and will provide attendees with tastings of the menus prepared by the competing chefs, wine pairings sponsored by organic wine company    …Continue Reading

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Rebrands itself as New Orleans & Company

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New Orleans & Company will continue to drive the economy, create thousands of jobs for everyone, be the city’s largest revenue generator and most important partner, and will expand its focus on cultural and human stewardship for all citizens


Media Contact:
Kristian Sonnier, New Orleans & Company


NEW ORLEANS – (May 16, 2018) – The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) has been rebranded and is now officially known as New Orleans & Company. The NOCVB    …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

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


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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

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