ACCENT New Orleans, Inc.

Destination Management
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Diane B. Lyons, CMP, DMCP

As the longest-standing local, woman-owned destination management company (DMC) in the city, ACCENT New Orleans, Inc., a DMC Network Company has remained an impressive leader in the event and meeting planning arena since 1991. Diane Lyons, Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP), founded the company with the goal of serving as an expert local resource and guide to meeting professionals and convention planners. 

While Diane gained local recognition for developing and producing FestiGals — New Orleans’ first and only women-centric festival from 2010-2020 — ACCENT New Orleans has consistently received national awards for its ever-growing portfolio of events and experiences across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. As a lifelong New Orleanian, Diane is most passionate about utilizing her position as a DMC to draw visitors to the city and offer local, insider knowledge and connections.   

“What I do every day is sell the city of New Orleans. We support New Orleans & Company, the New Orleans Convention Center, local venues and businesses,” said Diane. “After 30+ years in the New Orleans hospitality industry, I pride myself in the relationships I’ve built. Through these relationships, I can accomplish any goal for my clients.”

Supported by an incredibly solid foundation, ACCENT New Orleans has survived Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, recessions and most recently a worldwide pandemic that devastated the industry. While these were by any definition major obstacles, ACCENT New Orleans has preserved through each one, gaining more knowledge, more grit and a stronger belief that their work is vital to the city of New Orleans.


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4300 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 


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