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Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70140
United States
Main: 504-556-3700
Email: Email Hotel Susan Zimmermann
Director of Sales: Susan Zimmermann
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 5.0
Chain Hilton
Opened 1977
Renovated 2014
Guest Rooms 1,622
Kings/Suites/Doubles 542 / 74 / 1,006
Room Rates High $179 - 289 Low $99 - 179
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
Ideal Group Size 1100
Max Group Size 1400


Resort Fee $0
Room Tax 3
Sales Tax 14.75

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 26,894ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 118,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 130,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Lakefront Airport
22 min 10 miles (16 km)
Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl Airport
25 min 13 miles (21 km)


Wireless Internet
Federal Express Business Center
Event Service Staff
Hhonors Points
PSAV On-Site
Convenient Loading Docks
Freight Elevators
On-Line Management Tools


100000 Sq. Ft. Health Club
Volleyball Court
Racquetball Court
Basketball Court
Full Weight Training Circuit
Precor Cardio Theater
Two Outdoor Pools
Personal Trainer Available
Fitness Classes


Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Harrah’S Casino
Outlet Collection Mall At Riverwalk
French Quarter
Jackson Square
Aquarium Of The Americas
Lafeyette Square
Audubon Insectarium
National World War Ii Museum
Arts & Warehouse District
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans Streetcar Lines
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Dragos Seafood Restaurant
Le Croissant
Public Belt
River Blends Cafe
Spirits Restaurant

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $31 Cont. $22
Lunch Buffet $40 Plated $35
Dinner Buffet $65 Plated $55
Coffee Break $18
2-Hour Open Bar on consumption
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Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
1st Floor Registration Counter- North 10 12x1.8 3 108 18x6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st Floor Registration Counter- South 14 7.2x1.8 3 146 24x6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd Floor Registration Counter- North 13 7.2x1.8 2 144 24x6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd Floor Registration Counter- South 13 6.9x1.8 2 138 23x6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Posted March 20, 2014
$826 Million Project Will Create Over 13,000 Jobs
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), regional elected officials, business and tourism leaders to announce a major milestone in the plans to build a brand new, world-class airport terminal that will serve as a crucial economic driver for the New Orleans metropolitan region and provide a lasting impression to visitors due to its modern design and open architectural concept.
Announced in April 2013, the new North Terminal will be constructed on the north side of the existing Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) property, creating over 13,000 new construction jobs and significant opportunities for local businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in the region.

“As the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome, this development will create new jobs and unmatched business opportunities for the people of New Orleans. For over 40 years, people talked about developing an airport that was reflective of our city, yet for decades there was little action and minimal collaboration. We did the hard work, leveraged our relationships with federal, state and local partners, and today a financially feasible, world- class airport is on the way,” said Mayor Landrieu, noting the projected $1.7 billion in economic impact from construction and $3.2 billion in expected annual economic impact on tourism.

Today, Mayor Landrieu and NOAB unveiled conceptual renderings of the 650,000-square-foot terminal complex that features two concourses with 30 gates, a consolidated checkpoint, seamless connections between concourses and 2000 parking garage spaces. The North Terminal design team consists of acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, Manning Architects, Crescent City Aviation Team and Leo A. Daly/ Atkins. The $826 Million development includes plans for a $72 million power plant project, $87 million for a flyover addition from I-10 to improve access to the airport, and $17 million for an on-site hotel.

Officials also noted the first major milestone to reach the 2018 target completion date. On December 30, 2013 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Environmental Assessment completed in connection with the proposed north relocation of the terminal complex. Issuance by the FAA of a FONSI/ROD for the Final EA represents the FAA’s determination that the proposed action would not significantly affect environmental resources and approval of the proposed airport action.

“The decision to build a new terminal was a strategic business move to improve the economic value to the community. We have full support of our stakeholders, including air carriers, to develop the new North Terminal,” said Aviation Board Chair Cheryl Teamer.

“The Airport is a major economic asset for the region, even with its aging facility with many deficiencies. With decreased costs, airlines will be incentivized to increase business in this region. This new terminal will provide a financially sustainable airport, improved air service and thousands of jobs and business opportunities, most of all; the community will get a world class airport,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Airport Director of Aviation.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a critical asset for the city, the region and state. It currently serves 80% of the Louisiana’s commercial air traffic, provides over 12,450 direct and indirect jobs for the community, and facilitates over $2.6 billion in tourism spending. In 2013, MSY saw over 9 million passengers.

The new North Terminal facility will provide the following strategic advantages. Funding sources for the program include FAA AIP grants, TSA grants, Louisiana State Aviation Trust Fund grants, PFC collections, General Airport Revenue Bonds and Aviation Board Capital Funds. There is no investment by the City of New Orleans.
 The new terminal will provide convenient access and reduced drive time to the facility for both east and westbound I-10 travelers
 Separate arrivals and departure road systems on east and west side of the North Terminal will reduce curbside congestion and enhance passenger convenience
 Efficient design will reduce walking distances and improve the passenger experience
 Consolidated security check point will decrease passenger wait times and provide improved screening capabilities for processing large groups of conventioneers and cruise ship passengers during peak periods
 Post-security connected concourses will improve passenger transfers
 The number of restroom facilities will triple, which will improve customer convenience
 Concourse concessions will have improved access with an open and spacious feeling for passengers and unobstructed exterior views by being placed in the center of the concourse
 Dual aircraft taxi lanes will improve airline efficiency by reducing aircraft wait times so that the passengers do not wait onboard the aircraft for access to a gate
 An onsite state-of-the-art hotel
 Proper pre- and post-security allocations of concessions will increase concessions revenues there by decreasing airline cost which will pave the way for more service to New Orleans
 The North Terminal will reduce maintenance and utility costs as compared to the existing inefficient and outdated terminal facility
 The North Terminal gates will be sufficiently spaced to accommodate today’s larger aircraft with increased wingspans
 A consolidated loading dock is included in the Terminal design to improve security and reduce costs by improving operational efficiency
 The new terminal will allow for general aviation and corporate aviation growth on the south side of the airport which will increase business in the region and will provide non-airline revenue
 The new terminal will pave the way for the future planned intermodal facility
“This is just another great example of the strength and resilience of the people of this area,” said Kristy Nichols, Louisiana Commissioner of Administration. “This airport is so important, not just to New Orleans, but to the whole state, and this terminal will represent another great step for Louisiana.”

History of the Project
In August 2011, Mayor Landrieu requested that the Aviation Board undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of the proposed north side plans looking at financial feasibility, environmental impact, design, and operational impacts, including potential uses for the existing terminal and surrounding infrastructure.

Shortly thereafter, the Aviation Board issued requests for proposals for design, program management, environmental, land use, and financial feasibility consultants. A team of airport consultants was selected using Mayor Landrieu’s reformed competitive selection procurement process. That team has evaluated four different alternatives- refurbishment of the existing terminal, expansion on the south side, a new terminal on the west side, and a new terminal on the north side. Each of these options would allow continued use of the current runways and would be located within the airport’s existing property footprint.

Funding for the new terminal project will come from various airport self-generated funds along with federal and state aviation grants. The City of New Orleans will not be funding any part of the new terminal project. Additionally, by law, airport funding cannot be used for non-airport improvements.

MSY got its start in 1959 as a new terminal and two new concourses were dedicated at Moisant Field, which was used as an air base during World War II. The official name of the airport was changed in 1960 from Moisant Field to

New Orleans International Airport, but its three letter identifier remained MSY for Moisant Stock Yards. That original terminal is still in use today.
The first major expansion occurred in 1974 with the addition of two new concourses at the east end of the main terminal. This brought the total number of gates to 42. Several other expansions have occurred since that time. In early 2013, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Airport and regional officials unveiled more than $300 million in improvements at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, part of an Airport Modernization Program that includes a new and bright interior with a refurbished ticket lobby, expanded concourse, improved baggage claim, remodeled restrooms, updated exterior, a new car rental facility and new retail and restaurant offerings. Those improvements will be utilized over the next five years, and then will be used in the repurposing of the existing terminal.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is owned by the City of New Orleans and governed by the New Orleans Aviation Board.

U.S. Representative, Cedric L. Richmond said, “The $826 million this project will inject into New Orleans and the metro area will amount to an economic boom for the city. It will not only protect the 12,471 jobs the airport currently provides, but will create many more jobs for local residents. I look forward to the beginning of this project, and I am excited about the economic opportunities it can and should provide for all New Orleanians. We are at our best as a city when everyone has an opportunity to participate in the city’s progress.”

District D Council member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, who serves as Chair of the New Orleans City Council's Airport Committee said, "We have embarked on an exciting project that will help us attract more flights and provide better service to our residents and visitors. It will also be a tremendous economic driver for the city and the region. I look forward to watching these designs become reality!”

City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, “This new terminal is such a remarkable accomplishment! It will serve as one of the greatest economic development tools not only in our City’s history, but also for our metropolitan and state.”

Councilmember-at-large Stacy Head said, “This new terminal will show the world that New Orleans is back. Visitors’ first impressions will be of a clean, modern and accommodating airport full of the fantastic food and retail offerings that our city is already famous for. I applaud and congratulate the Administration and the New Orleans Aviation Board for making this vision a reality.”

District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said, “I can’t think of a better way to greet the millions of visitors who come to our great city every year. With this first-class renovation we will properly welcome our guests – and welcome home our residents – with the very best that New Orleans has to offer.”
District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer said, “I am excited about today’s announcement as this is an opportunity to improve a key part of our region’s transportation system. This new terminal will create job opportunities for our residents and will also increase our connectivity to the nation and the world.”

District E Councilmember James A. Gray II said, “A state-of-the-art terminal will increase the number of airplanes and passengers coming to New Orleans, and increased tourism benefits everyone, from hotelier to taxi driver,” said District E Councilman James A. Gray II. “Equally important, this move creates 13,000 new jobs. This is a win-win for everyone. We’re about to get the 21st century airport that this great city deserves.”

Jefferson Parish President John Young said, "The construction of the new terminal will be a catalyst for future economic growth and development. It will transform Louis Armstrong International Airport into a world class airport and will help create much needed additional economic opportunities and jobs. This will result in the airport reaching its full potential as an economic engine for our entire metropolitan region."

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni said, “I am overwhelmed by Mayor Landrieu’s leadership and the City of New Orleans’s commitment to the Louis Armstrong International Airport. My administration and I are working diligently to change the face and identity of Kenner via the Kenner 2030 Plan. Mayor Landrieu and his team’s $826 million plan to enhance the airport will bring a northern corridor of Kenner to life. This will be a catalyst for further economic and growth in Kenner.”

State Senator Edwin Murray, said “New Orleans is a world-class city that deserves a world class airport. The project will provide a strong opportunity for economic growth that will benefit New Orleans and the entire region for years to come.”

State Senator J.P. Morrell said, "I'm extremely excited about the expansion announcement today. This is an international city that deserves a true international airport. This is a great day for the City of New Orleans, and the legislative delegation looks forward to supporting the Mayor and the City Council in this endeavor."

State Senator Gary Smith, Jr. said, “This much needed improvement will create jobs and revitalization while bringing the New Orleans airport back to the first class transportation center that it once was. This is a win for all of South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.”

State Senator Danny Martiny said, “A world-class airport is essential to the economic vitality of our region. This project will make a significant impact in jobs and economic opportunities for our citizens and provide the amenities and increased efficiencies that will allow the airport to grow and thrive.”
State Representative Jared Brossett said, "Revitalizing economic engines like our airport will produce new opportunities for job growth and economic development for New Orleans. I'm proud to work collaboratively with my colleagues and leaders around the region to continue to earn these important wins for the people of New Orleans."

State Representative Chris Leopold said, “I applaud Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Aviation Board, and the City Council for their persistence in ramping up Armstrong Airport. This international airport will best facilitate not only the uptick in tourism, but global demand for our region's greatest asset, the Mississippi River, and the anticipated increase in surrounding port trade."

“The new Louis Armstrong International Airport will provide a pathway to continued prosperity and sustainable economic growth for the new New Orleans," Henry Coaxum, Chairman of the Board of Directors, New Orleans Business Alliance. "By providing temporary construction jobs, long-term quality employment, and contract opportunities for local minority and women owned businesses, the new world-class airport will multiply its impact on this community in the short and long term.”

Rodrick T. Miller, President and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, said, “The Louis Armstrong International Airport is a key economic anchor in New Orleans, and its transformation into a world class facility will unlock its full potential to support our continued growth and progress. By increasing national and international flights and improving cargo carrying capacity, the new airport will drive economic growth in our community, grow jobs, increase international investment opportunities, and improve our transportation and logistics infrastructure.“

Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. , said, “Today’s announcement represents a major step forward towards transforming Louis Armstrong into a world class airport.Under Mayor Landrieu’s leadership, the airport will become more attractive, more efficient and better able to attract the domestic and international flights demanded by the business community."

Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, said, “With the construction of our new airport, New Orleans will continue to serve our global visitors and citizens of the region in an exciting and memorable way. We are fortunate in New Orleans to have leadership that understands the importance of growing our transportation assets at the same rate our city is advancing."

Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "The Louis Armstrong International Airport provides a first and last impression of the city for millions of visitors to New Orleans each year, and those impressions really matter in a $6 billion dollar tourism industry that is driven by image and perception.”
Perry continued, “All of the improvements and expansions underway at the airport will be a game-changer for New Orleans' status as a convention, business travel, sports, and culture and leisure destination. In addition to a better experience for visitors, the North Terminal will allow the airlines to bring in more daily flights and more seats, so that we can better compete with convention destinations with more 'airlift' such as Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. We commend Mayor Landrieu and Aviation Board on this exciting endeavor."
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Named one of the Top Five CVBs in the Country
Posted March 20, 2014
Three prestigious awards from meeting planners and tour operators recognize the city as well as CVB employees for excellence in customer service
NEW ORLEANS – December 26, 2013 – The New Orleans CVB has once again been named one of the top five convention and visitors bureaus in the country by readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine. NTA’s Courier Magazine and Smart Meetings magazine, top resources for meetings industry leaders and tour operators, recognized both the New Orleans CVB for excellence in customer service and the city of New Orleans as a leading destination this year.

Meetings & Conventions and Smart Meetings provide the latest updates on destinations, events and nationwide industry trends, and NTA’s Courier Magazine is the most highly sought after resource for tour operators in the country. Readers of these publications directly influence convention, meeting and leisure group business in the city of New Orleans.

• The New Orleans CVB was named a Gold Service Elite bureau by Meetings & Conventions magazine, certifying the bureau as a top five CVB in the country. Meetings & Conventions recognizes CVBs and DMCs for outstanding service, accommodations, meeting facilities and food and beverage. All Gold Elite award-winners were voted into the top-five bracket by meeting professionals and an audience of magazine subscribers that represents convention customers and associations across the country.

• The New Orleans CVB was also named a 2013 Platinum Choice Award winner by Smart Meetings magazine. Destination organizations are selected for this coveted award on standards of ambience, breadth of resources, meeting packages, marketing support, and convention facilities. The Smart Meetings editorial team declared winners in conjunction with votes submitted by subscribers. New Orleans is featured among other winning cities in the December 2013 issue of Smart Meetings, reaching an audience of more than 44,000 meetings industry leaders.

• NTA’s Courier Magazine placed New Orleans among its Distinguished Dozen as the “Favorite Destination City” of 2013. The Distinguished Dozen award is one of few distinctions handed out annually during the NTA (National Tour Association) Member’s Choice Awards. NTA tour operators will recognize New Orleans in their February 2014 issue.

“Being recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country is a tremendous honor and is a testament to our employees’ standard of excellence and expertise in customer relations,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These honors would not be possible without the leadership of Executive Vice President Brad Weaber, CMP, Vice President of Tourism Kim Priez, Vice President of Convention Sales and Strategy Cara Banasch, MBA, and their sales teams who showcase the great city of New Orleans to the world every day. These prestigious awards are a vote of confidence from our customers and a sign of good things to come for New Orleans’ cultural economy in 2014 and beyond.”

Tourism is a $6 billion industry for New Orleans, employing 75,000 people and attracting more than nine million visitors annually. No industry has more impact on the local economy, job creation and quality of life for our residents.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 53rd anniversary in 2013. For more information, please visit;;
Posted March 20, 2014
Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus Anchors a Line-Up of Fashion, Culinary and Entertainment at Nation’s First Downtown Outlet Center
DALLAS/NEW ORLEANS (October 7, 2013) - The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC) announced today its all-star lineup of tenants for the redevelopment of the Riverwalk Marketplace into The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Along with being the nation’s first outlet center located in a downtown setting, the project will be the first location in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf region for many of the Riverwalk’s retailers.

“These exceptional retailers will create an unmatched shopping experience at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk,” said Mark Bulmash, Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Our team has been working side-by-side with the City of New Orleans to ensure that we exceed the expectations of local shoppers while continuing to drive tourists and revenue to the Downtown area.”

Virtually all of the space at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is committed with 94 percent of leases executed by well-known national outlet retailers along with popular local retail, dining and entertainment offerings. New-to-the-market retailers and restaurants signed-on to date include: Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, Coach Men’s Factory Store, Tommy Bahama, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Hartstrings Childrenswear, U.S. Polo Assn. Outlet, It’Sugar, Sunglass Warehouse, Red Mango and New Balance Factory Stores.

Additional Riverwalk tenants include notable brands such as Coach Factory Store, Café du Monde, Kenneth Cole Company Store, LOFT Outlet, Chico’s Outlet, Clarks/Bostonian Outlet, Gap Outlet, Guess Factory Store, Kay Jewelers, Raising Cane’s, Sunglass Hut Outlet and The Fudgery. The full list of tenants can be viewed at

"We are very excited to open a Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio with The Howard Hughes Corporation at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk in New Orleans,” said Wayne Hussey, Senior Vice President of Store Development for the Neiman Marcus Group. “This will be the first Neiman Marcus store in Louisiana and our first venture with Howard Hughes. We already have a strong customer base in Louisiana and are pleased to become part of the continued resurgence in the great City of New Orleans."

“The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is an exciting addition to District C and the entire city,” said Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. “The caliber of retailers shows that downtown New Orleans has national appeal as a place to live, work and do business. The continuation of the Canal Street ferry insures that Algiers residents will have convenient access to these quality retailers.”

A market that has long been under-served in the retail sector, New Orleans has approximately 30% less square feet of retail per capita than the national average. City leadership has made it a priority to bring more retail to New Orleans.

“We are in the midst of a retail boom in New Orleans, and the redevelopment of the Riverwalk is a welcome addition,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We’re seeing a lot of projects come to fruition that will ultimately make the city a better place to live and visit. This project will transform a site that’s been underused, bring much needed retail downtown and create new jobs and local tax dollars. These nationally recognized retailers will increase New Orleans’ attraction as a premier shopping destination.” The redevelopment will expand its footprint by about 50,000 square feet to an approximate total of 250,000 square feet. Interior demolition and other construction activities are underway. The property plans to reopen in late spring/early summer of 2014.

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The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawaii. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC and is headquartered in Dallas, TX. For additional information about HHC, visit

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