NOCVB Issues Second Quarter 2017 Convention Sneak Peak

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) has issued its Second Quarter Convention Sneak Peek for 2017, including a list of CVB-booked business for the months of April, May and June.

         Highlights of the first quarter include two major conventions – Wizard World’s New Orleans Comic Con, which brought more than 18,000 fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture, as well as the 100th Annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo that welcomed more than 24,000 attendees in the franchised new-vehicle dealers’ industry. Additionally, the NBA All-Star Weekend and Sun Belt Championship added thousands of visitors and millions of dollars of economic impact to the city of New Orleans.

         The momentum continues in the second quarter as festival season kicks off with French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron, NOCVB reps said. This is the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world and the largest free music festival in the South. The festival features local jazz, R&B, funk, folk, gospel and many more musicians on 23 stages throughout the French Quarter. Shortly thereafter, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic gathers at historic Jackson Square for its 38th annual 10k race. Starting in 1979 with 902 participants, this year’s event will have nearly 25,000 runners and walkers and will end with a huge post-race festival in New Orleans City Park.

         The highly anticipated New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell will close out the month of April and kick off the month of May welcoming more than 80,000 music-lovers. Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Kings of Leon and more of the music industry’s biggest stars will take the stage at the Fair Grounds Race Course for this seven-day celebration. ESSENCE Festival will also welcome a variety of artists and an additional 25,000 visitors to New Orleans at the end of June. In addition, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, Bayou Country Superfest and FestiGals will showcase the very best of New Orleans through their respective events.

         The second quarter of 2017 will continue to bring conventions and events from many industries, including the Collision tech conference, the New Orleans Dental Conference and the International Parking Institute Conference & Expo, collectively welcoming more than 40,000 attendees.

         Below is the list of CVB-booked business for April, May and June, which represents conventions that will bring in thousands of attendees and millions of dollars in economic impact to the city collectively in the second quarter:


April 4-6

Waste Expo 2017

13,000 attendees

Waste Expo 2017 is North America’s leading event for waste, recycling and organics professionals. See the latest products and expand your knowledge and network with waste pros from around the world.


April 6

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)

Global Meetings Industry Day is a day to celebrate the meetings industry and the talented professionals who connect people in meaningful ways to drive positive change. 


April 6-8

New Orleans Dental Conference (NODC) Louisiana Dental Association (LDA)

Annual Session

3,500 attendees

This three-day conference will offer the dentists, hygienists, clinical and administrative assistants, technicians and guests access to more than 85 exhibitors, continuing education credits and even a special track of courses for new dentists.


April 19-21

North American Tire & Retread Expo

Annual Session

5,000 attendees

The North American Tire & Retread Expo is a place for tire dealers, wholesalers and distributors to talk tires and only tires.


April 22-27

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

ISRI 2017 Convention and Exposition

3,000 attendees

ISRI brings new and exciting sessions, entertainment, and unique networking opportunities for recycling industry professionals.


April 26-29

American Association of Endodontists (AAE)

Annual Session

3,500 attendees

The AAE annual meeting continues to be the most comprehensive endodontic education summit, vendor exhibition and networking opportunity for professionals.


May 2-4

Collision Conference

10,000 attendees

Collision Conference is a three-day tech conference for people who are both building the tech companies of tomorrow and managing the tech companies of today.


May 9

National Travel and Tourism Week Parade/Rally

New Orleans hospitality industry workers will parade in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week and promote tourism as the city’s number one economic driver.


May 19-22

Helen Brett Enterprise, Inc.

International Jewelry Fair/General Merchandise Show  

15,000 attendees

Helen Brett Enterprises, Inc. is a full-service trade show production and management company that currently conducts quarterly gift and jewelry shows in New Orleans. Qualified buyers only.


May 26-28

International Parking Institute (IPI)

IPI Conference & Expo

3,000 attendees

The IPI Conference & Expo is where the parking and transportation industry comes together to learn, network and prepare for the future.


May 26-29

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

SAAU Super 60 Boys Basketball Hoops

3,000 attendees

Sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, more than 400 basketball teams from 21 states will participate in the Super 60 tournament.


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