Amid Louisiana Floods, NBA All-Star 2017 Game Moved to New Orleans

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Even in the midst of a historic crisis, I am excited that the NBA has recognized how great the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “In In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unite all of us is our passion for sports.

Gulf Coast Prepares for Tropical Storm Nate

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Tropical Storm Nate is expected to directly hit Louisiana as a hurricane late Saturday or early Sunday, triggering precautions throughout much of the Gulf Coast. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana and Mayor Mitch Landrieu did the same for New Orleans.

The Best of New Orleans: Drinks

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The drink itself and the bar have both since become New Orleans institutions, thanks to former Louisiana Governor Huey P. Today, it produces the highest-rated rum in America, using only locally sourced Louisiana sugar cane.

Site Selection: Where to Throw a Multisensory Event

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Site selection often focuses on the things we can see—ballroom size, architecture, even how well the carpets match the theme. But some cities are going the extra mile to engage all the senses.

‘I Am Baton Rouge’

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The flooding in Louisiana is being called the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, leaving at least 13 people dead and driving tens of thousands more from their homes in and around Baton Rouge.

4 Unexpected Southern Locales Adding Hospitality to Meetings

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For example, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just welcomed a sprawling IBM campus and is undergoing a $1.25 Less familiar Southern locales are enjoying a spur of activity as of late, adding to their appeal for meetings and conferences. billion renovation of its downtown area, complete with 300 new hotel rooms and a burgeoning food scene. Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, both turned heads this year with high rankings on the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live” list.

Baton Rouge Overcomes Crises Through Strong Marketing

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By Labor Day, Louisiana’s capital was reeling from six weeks of crises: the police shooting death of a local resident on July 5; the shooting deaths of three policemen 12 days later, and 10 days of torrential rains that brought epic floods and 13 more deaths in August. On July 4, 2016, Baton Rouge, like most American cites, celebrated Independence Day with cold beer, hot dogs and fireworks.

Inside Bellevue’s First Festival by Artists, for Artists

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CCNW works with local vendors every year to provide food and drink for attendees, who come from all over the country — “as far away as New York, Florida, and Louisiana,” according to Sutherland. The Bellevue, Washington skyline. Photo Credit Colin Walker, City of Bellevue.

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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Louis Cathedral – New Orleans, Louisiana. Mid-bloom into the season, TripAdvisor has released its Seasonal Attractions Trend Index for spring. Based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor’s website, the list of top 25 U.S.

Taking your contingency plans to the next level

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But, how many planners have thought to consider a “rain event” that dumps almost two feet of water in 24 hours, such as flooding in Louisiana in August 2016 or Hurricane Matthew, which left most of the community of Lumberton, N.C., Imagine you’re planning an annual event.

Taking your contingency plans to the next step

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But, how many planners have thought to consider a “rain event” that dumps almost two feet of water in 24 hours, such as flooding in Louisiana in August 2016 or Hurricane Matthew, which left most of the community of Lumberton, N.C., Imagine you’re planning an annual event.

Best Big Cities Also Among Best Meeting Cities

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Louisiana is featured in our November issue. Here’s an excerpt: It’s been a tumultuous few months for the state of Louisiana. In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unite all of us is our passion for sports. Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California.

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Black History Month Events Across the United States

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Louisiana isn’t afraid to detail its sobering past, which is part of what makes Black History Month so unique in New Orleans. Illustration by Ji Sub Jeong/HuffPost; photos from Getty. It’s February, which means Black History Month has arrived.

Milton Segarra Moves from Puerto Rico to Mississippi Gulf Coast

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It’s part of a very competitive Gulf Coast —from Louisiana, Houston, Alabama and obviously the panhandle in Florida. From his first job in his grandfather’s small hotel in Puerto Rico to rising to head of the island’s tourism agency, Milton Segarra sees destination marketing not as a job, but as a lifestyle. Now, he’ll take his skillset—honed by recent challenges in Puerto Rico—to entirely new market: Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast , where he begins as CEO this week.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Louisiana. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah. From a long list of 675 properties spanning more than 50 countries, Condé Nast Traveler has selected its best hotel openings from the past year.

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International Travel to the United States Was Down in July. Will the Trend Continue?

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If you look at Hurricane Katrina, that had a sizeable impact on the travel economy of Louisiana during that year, with the displacement of those people and things of that nature. This month’s cover story about how U.S.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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Louisiana. Call it what you want— weed , grass, dope, bud, Buddha, keef, reefer, pot, ganga, Mary Jane, that sticky icky. Marijuana has been a hot social and political topic for quite some time now. Yet, as a meeting or event planner , it’s not likely in the forefront of your mind.

Merging Innovation With Food Trucks

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It also marked the first time Schwartz and My House Social planned a corporate event outside of their home state of Louisiana. Kellog’s Wendy Davidson (red shirt) with Chicago Pizza Boss.

Celebrate National Potato Day with Best French Fries in the Country

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The secret to their five time wins for best fries in Louisiana? If you are looking to work the mighty spud into your meeting on National Potato Day, October 27, the french fry is a great go-to alternative. In honor of this holiday, we’ve rounded up the best french fries to chow down on in some of the most popular meeting cities. Atlanta: Grindhouse Killer Burger. If crinkle cut is your thing (and if you’ve had Shake Shack, then you know it’s your thing), this is the place for you.

Smart Women 2017: Entrepreneurs

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First job: Junior in high school, lifeguard at Champions Family Fitness Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, for $3.31 Sharon Bonner. Job title: CEO and president.

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Houston After Harvey

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That would be Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm in late August before moving along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana. The George R. Brown Convention Center ended up housing nearly 10,000 people for close to a week. Photo © 2017 The Washington Post.

Smart Women 2017 – Entrepreneurs

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First job: Junior in high school, lifeguard at Champions Family Fitness Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, for $3.31 Sharon Bonner. Job title: CEO and president.

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10 Smart Moves: New Appointments at The Chattanoogan, Celebrity Cruises and More

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After leading the hotel’s sales team, Marianne McConathy-Nelson was promoted to general manager of Hilton Shreveport in Louisiana. Michele Kephart. Michele Kephart was introduced as sales manager for The Chattanoogan , a Benchmark Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kephart is responsible for group and day meeting experiences at the IACC-certified property. Most recently, she served as director of marketing for Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga.

And Then There Were 20

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. “Kids today” have always gotten a bad rap, whenever “today” happens to be. Boomer kids were spoiled and rebellious, Gen X kids were spoiled and slackerish, Millennial kids were/are spoiled and entitled, and Gen Z kids are — well, have we agreed on anything yet?