NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has successfully found alternate dates for ten shows originally scheduled for the peak of the Coronavirus crisis. These shows represent more than $160 million in economic impact for the city of New Orleans and will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center later in the year.
The Convention Center’s sales team, in partnership with New Orleans & Company, stayed in constant contact with clients from all over the world to retain these events. This will be critical in helping the New Orleans tourism and hospitality industry get back on its feet after restaurants and businesses were forced to alter their operations to comply with the new State guidelines in the face of the Coronavirus.
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center officials are working with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Department of Health to utilize the Convention Center as a Medical Monitoring Facility (MMF) for those recovering from COVID-19. This is a vital service that will help the New Orleans community by reducing the strain on the city’s medical facilities.
Once the MMF is no longer needed, plans are in place for the complete restoration and remediation of the Convention Center prior to events resuming. The facility’s sales team will continue to work with external customers and internal stakeholders to ensure that the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is ready to safely return to hosting world class events as soon as possible.
About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award winning staff and first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.