Happy Hosts


Last month New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans’ sister title hosted the City & Regional Magazine Association’s national conference here in New Orleans at the Marriott on Canal Street.

We had over 375 attendees from over 75 cities from across the country representing their city magazines. For more information about CRMA, visit citymag.org.

New Orleans Magazine has been a member of this organization for nearly 30 years, and three years ago I lobbied for CRMA to come to our great city in 2018 to celebrate with us as our city turned 300. The organization quickly accepted the proposal and the conference was set in motion.

The staff of Renaissance Publishing rolled out the red carpet and treated our visitors to a memorable time along with a true New Orleans second line parade down Canal and Bourbon Streets ending with a party and dinner at Antoine’s.

Our staff did our part, but all we kept hearing about for four days was the hospitality workers in New Orleans — specifically the great time everyone had and the warmth of our service industry. Whether it was dining at our great restaurants or listening to music, everyone I talked to commented on how friendly and welcoming the city was.

I agree! And I salute all the hard working members of our hospitality industry. You left a lasting impression on our conference attendees.


Todd Matherne