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About New Orleans

Situated on a bend of the Mississippi River 100 miles from its mouth, New Orleans has been the chief city of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico’s busiest northern port since the early 1700s. Founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish and bought by the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans is known for its distinct Creole culture, vibrant history and of course being the birthplace of Jazz.  This year, New Orleans is celebrating its tri-centennial!  Today, recent innovation and a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem have earned the city the nickname, the Silicon Bayou.  Between the world-class food and electrifying music, we are certain you will enjoy all the city has to offer.

You can find amazing events taking place all year long in New Orleans, so be sure to check out everything that’s going on, from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts, and so much more.
The cuisine of New Orleans is built on a tradition that stretches from Paris to Port au Prince and from Cadiz to the Congo. Every day, the city’s more than 1,000 eateries ready themselves to welcome their guests with a gusto. They spoon the gumbo, blacken the redfish, smoke the pork and plate the dishes with a respect for the old flavors and a warm welcome to new trends.  The New Orleans dining scene is a brilliant reflection of the city’s diverse history, culture and neighborhoods.

A New Orleans microsite has been created with information for registrants and includes helpful links to other points of interest and local discounts.

Climate and Dress

New Orleans’s average daytime temperature in November is 72°F (22°C) and the average low temperature at night is 54°F (12°C).

Business casual attire is encouraged for the meeting. Meeting rooms are well air-conditioned; therefore, the inside temperature might be slightly cooler or warmer than you find comfortable. It is suggested that you dress in layers (light jackets and/or shawls are a good idea to have with you).


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