2014 NCSM Annual Conference

Get To Know New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana: Venue for the 46th NCSM Annual Conference

We look forward to sharing this exciting location with you! This year's NCSM Annual Conference is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, along the Mississippi River at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. We will be right next to River and the Street Car lines and walking distance to the French Quarter and Jackson Square.

The "BIG Easy"

New Orleans is often referred to as the "BIG Easy." The name may be related to the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, the relaxed attitude toward alcohol consumption, or the low cost of living in comparison to many major American cities. A more recent name being used is an abbreviation for New Orleans, Louisiana, "NOLA."

The rich culture of the city began with the infamous French Quarter. There are many other neighborhoods such as the Garden District to be explored for their beauty and tradition. You will find this city has a culture created from the multicultural influences over the years.

Places to Go and Things to Do

Here are some of the many things to experience while in New Orleans:

  • Jackson Square is the heart and soul of the French Quarter
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art is in the city's Warehouse District
  • The City Park was recently restored after Hurricane Katrina with major support from the entire city
  • "Clubs like DBA, Snug Harbor, and The Blue Nile draw renowned jazz bands and solo performers, while restaurants such as The Three Muses and the Marigny Brasserie cater to the late-night crowds" (1996-2013 National Geographic Society).
  • Insectarium: Audubon Nature Institute's Aquarium of the Americas. North America's largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives
  • Garden District: share spectacular 19th-century mansions built in many styles such as Greek Revival & Gothic
  • Magazine Street is great place for shopping
  • Royal Street has many antique shops
  • Streetcars: The best tour in New Orleans for a minimal price
    • Riverfront line goes along the river to the Quarter's French Market
    • The green cars of the St. Charles line go Uptown
    • Red cars on the Canal Street line terminate at historic cemeteries like Metairie Cemetery or City Park

Were you aware that the "cocktail" was originally invented in New Orleans?

There are many dining experiences to entice your appetite serving famous dishes and authentic recipes of New Orleans from well-known chefs.

Facts and highlights are from New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, 2013.