Conference Information

Discover the need to know information for this years conference

Conference housing is now CLOSED.

To book a room for the conference, or make changes to your existing reservation, you must contact the hotel directly. Several hotels below have a small group block still available to book (links included). Reservations at the group rate for all others is at the hotel’s discretion.

Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.9 miles / 8 minute drive / 17 minute walk from convention center

$224+tax main level / $274+tax club level

Book Room

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown / Iberville

910 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

1.4 miles / 11 minute drive / 24 minute walk to convention center

$233+tax

Marriott New Orleans

555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA  70130 

0.9 miles / 8 minute drive / 18 minute walk from convention center

$213+tax

JW Marriott New Orleans

614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

1.3 miles / 12 minute drive / 19 minute walk to convention center

$229+tax

Renaissance Pere Marquette

817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

1.2 miles / 8 minute drive / 22 minute walk

$208+tax

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter

124 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

1.0 miles / 12 minute drive / 20 minute walk to convention center

$203+tax

Moxy New Orleans Downtown / French Quarter

210 O'Keefe Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70112

1.3 miles / 9 minute drive / 24 minute walk to convention center

$169+tax

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

1.3 miles / 10 minute drive / 21 minute walk to convention center

$305+tax

Renaissance Arts

700 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.7 miles / 4 minute drive / 9 minute walk to convention center

$208+tax

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center

859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.3 miles / 2 minute drive / 3 minute walk to convention center

$215+tax

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown / Convention Center

300 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.3 miles / 2 minute drive / 6 minute walk to convention center

$203+tax

SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown / Convention Center

301 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.3 miles / 3 minute drive / 4 minute walk to convention center

$203+tax

Residence Inn Convention Center

345 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.7 miles / 5 minute drive / 7 minute walk to convention center

$203+tax

LeMeridien New Orleans

333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

0.6 miles / 4 minute drive / 12 minute walk to convention center

$229+tax

Hotel Reservations

You are responsible for making and confirming your own hotel reservation(s). After you have registered for the conference, there will be a direct link to reserve your hotel room through the housing bureau.

Your reservation must be made before Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to receive the negotiated room rates for the conference. A credit card is required to guarantee your hotel reservation.

All conference attendees must stay in the designated conference hotels at the negotiated group room rates. If you do not stay in one of the conference hotels or if you do not book your room within the conference group block, you will be charged a $400 USD Housing Administration Fee. All attendees commuting from home each day within a 50-mile radius are excluded from this policy.

 



 

Housing Bureau Customer Service

By Phone
Domestic registrants, call (800) 967-8852
International registrants, call: (847) 996-5832

 

By E-mail
marriott@experient-inc.com

Joint General Session

The joint general session will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in the Theater at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Breakfast will be available prior to the joint general session from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at the convention center.

Dress Code

Please be casual and comfortable. We recommend you come to the joint general session dressed for the Spirit To Serve activity that afternoon. If you intend to change please bring your Spirit To Serve t-shirt you received at registration, and a pair of closed-toe shoes. 

After the joint general session, lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Boxed lunches will be provided to participants in the first Spirit to Serve shift prior to boarding the bus.  

Buses for the Spirit to Serve activity will depart from the convention center entrance outside of Halls E, F & G.  Please refer to your personal agenda on the conference app for your bus number and bus departure time. The on-site activity is located in Hall E. 

Arrival Information:

The Opening General Session begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. 
Please arrive with plenty of time to register for the conference and attend the Opening General Session.

Departure Information:

The Joint Party will end at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. Plan to leave New Orleans anytime on or after Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Arrival Information:

The Opening General Session begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Please arrive with plenty of time to register for the conference and attend the Opening General Session.

Departure Information:

The Closing General Session will end at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Plan to leave New Orleans anytime on or after Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Arrival Information:

The Opening General Session begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. 
Please arrive with plenty of time to register for the conference and attend the Opening General Session.

Departure Information:

Workshop sessions will end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Plan to leave New Orleans anytime on or after Sunday, April 2, 2017

Arrival Information:

Doors will open for the all-brand Joint General Session at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. 
Please arrive with plenty of time to register for the conference and attend the Opening General Session.

Departure Information:

The Closing General Session will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Plan to leave New Orleans anytime on or after Monday, April 3, 2017.


Local New Orleans


New Orleans is a magical place with a unique culture and way of life. Learn more about the Crescent City in preparation for your unforgettable trip to the Big Easy.

If that's not enough for you, check out these Top 10 Ridiculously Fun Things to Do in New Orleans

1. Have your crawfish as a dog

Frenchman Street is in walking distance of Bourbon Street, but it has a really different vibe. It's where locals go to listen to jazz, Latin, blues, and reggae. It's also the place they go for Dat Dog-named the best hot dog place in New Orleans. Go ahead and go a little crazy; in addition to the usual choices, you can get turducken, alligator, and crawfish dogs.

2. Go old school

Don't leave NOLA without experiencing some of the joints that have stubbornly resisted change in the face of gentrification (what locals call the hipster invasion). Frady's One Stop Food Store in the Bywater serves up old-school po'-boys and mac 'n' cheese, without the hipster irony. BJ's Lounge is a true neighborhood dive bar, where people really do know each other's names and can give you the best tips on where to go to experience disappearing New Orleans.

3. Get Spooked!

Three centuries of death, disease, war, pestilence, love gone wrong, and murder have given the city goose-bump-inducing tales of unexplained phenomena. Take an evening cemetary walking and hear why New Orleans is the most haunted city in America. Looking for more tales from beyond the grave?

4. Don't leave NOLA without a beignet
(or two, or three)

A beignet-free trip to New Orleans would be a travesty. The centenarian, open-air coffee and beignet spot, Café du Monde, might be the most obvious tourist attraction in the French Quarter, if not the entire city, but well worth the effort to make a visit. Café du Monde has a high batting average for serving a consistently hot and well-sugared product. The queue can be excruciating, though, so keep the nearby Café Beignet, as well as the City Park location of Morning Call Coffee Stand, in your back pocket.

5. Chill out in the Garden District

Take a walking tour of the Garden District (located a little less than 3 miles southwest of the French Quarter) for a peek at some of the city's most beautiful homes. Like its name suggests, this historic residential neighborhood is laden with trees, ivy, and yes, gardens. It's peaceful atmosphere, well-preserved properties and stunning architecture provides a break from the excitement of Bourbon Street. To refuel after meandering the neighborhood's leafy streets, head to the intersection of Prytania Street and Washington Avenue. This area features shops, cafés and the famous Lafayette Cemetery #1. Directly across from the cemetery is where you'll find Commander's Palace Restaurant - one of the city's most well-regarded eateries (and also one of the busiest).

6. Drink a Sazerac

New Orleans had a cocktail culture long before "mixologist" entered the popular lexicon and specialty cocktail bars augmented the nation's bar topography. Though it's also drunk in other cities, New Orleans has laid claim to the Sazerac, a stiff drink of rye whiskey, bitters, sugar, absinthe or pastis and a twist of lemon. Mixologists make reputable versions in their cocktail bars around town, but the best places to drink Sazeracs are where they've always done well -- in historic hotel bars like the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone or the Sazerac Bar in The Roosevelt New Orleans.

7. Ride a streetcar on St. Charles Avenue

There's nothing quite like viewing the oak tree-lined St. Charles Avenue through the open windows of an old, swaying streetcar. Settle into one of the classic mahogany bench seats and take in the romantic scenery. The landmarks, antebellum mansions and universities along this Uptown route, as well as the array of folks bumping along with you, make the trip more than just a ride; it's a relaxing form of entertainment. You can find a streetcar schedule at the New Orleans Transit Authority website, but keep in mind this historic form of transportation can run slowly. Standard one-way fare is $1.25. Make sure you have exact change and plenty of time to reach your destination.

8. Razzle Your Dazzle on Royal Street

One block over from Bourbon is the French Quarter's more refined and elegant epicenter of local art. Royal Street is an eye-pleasing mix of classy antique shops, boutiques, fine jewelry stores, colorful art galleries and world-class hotels and restaurants. Check out Razzle Dazzle to peruse more than 2,500 gift items on hand ranging from Mardi Gras masks to jewelry to home décor items. And don't miss the many art galleries offering sculptures, paintings and mixed media from artists who are on par with the best of New York, San Francisco and other art meccas, including the late George Rodrigue and his internationally renowned "Blue Dog" paintings.

9. Get Freaky
with it

Voodoo, with its litany of spells, gris-gris, candles and charms, is an exotic gumbo of traditional African spiritual beliefs with Catholicism brought to New Orleans by enslaved Africans from West Africa and the Dominican Republic in the 1700s. Just outside the French Quarter in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, is the tomb of priestess Marie Laveau, whose life became that of legends when voodoo was at its zenith in the 1830s. Start your voodoo exploration there among the tombs - where visitors and locals leave offerings year-round in hope of gaining her favor. Those looking for a more tactile voodoo experience can visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum or Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street. Visitors will spot a number of voodoo shops around the city, but for the real deal stop in at Esoterica or browse the selection of herbs, candles and books at modern-day voodoo high priestess Sallie Ann Glassman's Island of Salvation Botanica in the New Orleans Healing Center.

10. Hit the Best of Bourbon Street

If the bar scene is your thing, hit up Fat Tuesday where, as you guess it, you'll feel like you're at Mardi Gras, and loads of frozen drinks are flowing. Slow it down at a trendy lounge styled after old-time bordellos at Saints & Sinners, where the red velvet and leather, plus cocktails and local grub will soothe your soul. Or experience the landmark saloon, Old Absinthe House, serving unique absinthe cocktails in a quirky atmosphere.

Is New Orleans music to your ears? Check out Maison Bourbon where the beamed ceilings and brick walls meet a gleaming bar in this classy live jazz club. For a more lively scene, Spirits on Bourbon will get you singing with dueling pianos nightly while you sip one of their light-up signature cocktails. Bourbon Live is a brand new, live music club where you can catch cover bands seven nights a week, or supply the entertainment yourself at The World Famous Cats Meow where you can join the rowdy karaoke crowd.


Sources: USA Today, TripAdvisor, US News Travel, CNN, Huffington Post

Travel Arrangements

Travel, hotel room & tax, meals and all other incidental costs beyond those listed in the agenda are NOT included in your conference registration fee and must be paid for on your own.

Print your conference registration confirmation page for expense reporting purposes.

Flight Arrangements:

Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel and ground transportation to and from the hotel.

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Distance to Downtown New Orleans: 15 miles / 20 minutes

Airport Transportation:

Taxi Fare to Downtown New Orleans: $35 USD (one way)

Alternate Transportation: Marriott Select Brands GM Conference Official Airport Shuttle

Marriott has partnered with Airport Shuttle to offer special rates to conference attendees. Reservations must be made on the
Marriott Select Brands Airport Shuttle website at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time to receive the special rates.

Round Trip Airport Transportation: $44 per person
One Way: $24 per person.


Arrival at New Orleans Airport:
• Depart your plane and follow the signs to baggage claim located on the lower level
• Look for Baggage Claim area 10
• Exit the doors located across from Baggage Claim area 10 onto the loading dock
• Airport Shuttle staff can help direct you to the next available vehicle

NOTE: Shuttle vans are white with yellow lettering that says “Airport Shuttle” on its side with the phone number 522-3500
 
Boarding the Airport Shuttle:
• Present your e-ticket to the driver to board the van
 
NOTE: If you have misplaced your ticket, please see the Airport Shuttle ticket desks located across from baggage claim areas 1, 5, 9 and 12. You must provide the desk staff with your name or confirmation number so that they may reprint your ticket. The desk is available daily from 7:00 AM until the last flight arrives.
 

 

Convention Center Information and Parking:

Address: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130

Parking: Parking is available in surface lots F, G & J. Handicapped parking is available in Lot G

Daily parking fee: $15 USD daily
 

Conference Transportation:

Shuttle Service will be offered between the Convention Center and conference hotels. Designated stops and schedules will be available in the conference app.