NOCVB’s Q4 2017 Convention Sneak Peek

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) has issued its fourth quarter Convention Sneak Peek for 2017, including a list of CVB-booked business for the months of October, November and December.

         NOCVB reps said highlights of the third quarter included the CVB’s annual summer campaigns – COOLinary and Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, which both featured record numbers of participants. A total of 109 restaurants featured special COOLinary menus in the month of August and, thanks to their success, many continued to offer those discounted meals into September. Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, during the months of August and September, included a record number of deals, more than 135, from local attractions, hotels and restaurants. The campaign encourages locals to enjoy all of the aspects of our city that more than 10 million visitors come here to enjoy annually and to support local businesses during the slower summer months. The third quarter also welcomed the annual Museum Month in August, which grants members of participating museums complimentary access to all 16 participating museums, and the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Week New Orleans once again featured discounted meals at 119 restaurants, Sept. 11-17.

         The fourth quarter of 2017 will continue to bring conventions and events from many industries, including the world’s largest Earth and space science meeting, the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting, which will bring 20,000 attendees, NOCVB reps said. This is the first time in 50 years that the AGU Fall Meeting will be held outside of San Francisco. In addition, the Bayou Classic is returning to New Orleans for the 44th annual Southern University vs. Grambling State University football game. Other conventions and meetings include the American Academy of Nephrology, which will bring 25,000 medical professionals for their Annual Kidney Week and the International WorkBoat Show, which is hosting its 38th consecutive meeting in New Orleans and will bring 14,000 attendees to the city. The fourth quarter will wrap up with Offense-Defense Sports All-American Bowl Week and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, which will bring an estimated $17 million in economic impact to the city.

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         The holiday season will kick into high gear as we head into our final quarter, starting with Krewe of Boo, New Orleans’ official Halloween parade, taking place Saturday, Oct. 21, NOCVB reps said. Voodoo Fest will wrap up the month of October and will bring thousands to City Park for its 17th consecutive year of the multi-day art and music experience. Christmas New Orleans Style will celebrate the holiday season throughout the entire month of December to ensure everyone enjoys an authentic holiday celebration, with classic New Orleans events such as Celebration in the Oaks, reveillon dinners, reveillon on the rocks and Papa Noel hotel rates.

         Upcoming conventions include:


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Oct. 19-21

Produce Marketing Association (PMA)

Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition

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18,000 attendees

         Fresh Summit connects more than 1,000 experts and industry leaders from more than 60 countries in every link of the supply chain in the floral and produce industry. Retail buyers, food safety experts and importer exporters showcase their latest innovations in all aspects of business.



Oct. 29 – Nov. 1


Annual Meeting & Expo

10,000 attendees

         The LeadingAge Annual Meeting is the nation’s largest annual event for the not-for-profit aging services field.



Oct. 31 – Nov. 5

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Kidney Week

13,000 attendees

         ASN Kidney Week serves as a major forum for the dissemination of advances in basic, clinical and translational research as well as advances in clinical practices for the scientific and medical community.



Nov. 6-9

International Jewelry and Merchandise Show

15,000 attendees

         Helen Brett Enterprises, Inc. is a full-service trade show production and management company that currently conducts quarterly gift and jewelry shows in New Orleans. Qualified buyers only.



Nov. 11-14

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Annual Meeting

25,000 attendees

         The Annual Meeting brings members of AAO, the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, together to learn, network and innovate.



Nov. 25

Bayou Classic

50,000 attendees

         Bayou Classic is one of the country’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans each November.



Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

Diversified Business Communications

International WorkBoat Show

14,000 attendees

         WorkBoat connects qualified buyers with leading suppliers and delivers high quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America.



Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

NSTA Area Conference

3,000 attendees

         The NSTA conference connects and informs educators of the latest science content, teaching strategies and research to enhance and expand professional growth.



Dec. 11-15

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 

AGU Fall Meeting

20,000 attendees

         AGU Fall Meeting is the largest and preeminent Earth and space science meeting in the world, offering a mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations as well as a broad range of keynote lectures and networking opportunities. 



Dec. 16

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Annual Expo

15,000 attendees

         The New Orleans Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football game that has been played annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 2001.



Dec. 27-30

Offense-Defense Sports (O-D)

All-American Bowl Week

6,000 attendees


         The O-D All-American Bowl Week is the biggest invitation-only youth and high school football event in the world.


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