Sept. 20+21, 2018:
New Orleans would not be the gem that it is without the people that make it up: there is no city in the world like New Orleans. Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and indigenous peoples live through the area’s music, food, language, and on and on. The community that is the heart of New Orleans has long suffered. On top of that, the state is currently losing a football field of land every 48 minutes--16 square miles a year-- due to climate change, drilling and dredging for oil and gas, and levees on the Mississippi River.
We're uniting the industry to work on projects that will benefit the people New Orleans that tourism depends on. We’ll adopt a neighborhood and work on projects focused on arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, conservation and sustainability. We'll get to know at least one social enterprise that we can connect to the industry and projects will be with partners who our industry can and should invest in.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Accommodations - Deadline to book is Friday, August 17
New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center ($139+)
859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
Click here to book your accommodations. If you would like to arrive early or extend your stay please make your reservations online and then email your reservation number with your desired extension to Melissa.Bordere@marriott.com.
Schedule (Subject to change)
Wednesday, September 12
Volunteers will receive their work assignment and detailed event information via email. Keep an eye on your inboxes!
Friday, September 14
Tourism Cares takes you to the movies! In advance of our volunteer program the following week, Tourism Cares will e-screen After the Spill, a National Geographic film by Jon Bowermaster, who spent time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Understanding the environmental changes in Louisiana impacts their entire world – and helps put our work and purpose in the city in perspective. Details on how to join the screening are forthcoming. A Q+A is planned with Jon at our opening reception to help you understand the full breadth of the issues there.
Wednesday, September 19
6pm-7:30pm: Networking reception hosted by New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. RSVP required.
Thursday, September 20: Arrivals to New Orleans!
Beginning at 2pm: Tours available
Tour options will be available for sign-up next week when registration opens.
5:30pm: Let's get this party started! Second Line Parade from host hotel to reception
6pm - 7:30pm: Opening Networking Reception at The Chicory, hosted by New Orleans & Company
Friday, September 21: Work day!
8am: Volunteers gather at the New Orleans Convention Center for opening remarks and instruction
9am - 3pm: Work, work, work!
Work projects will focus on both social and environmental issues in the Central City neighborhood in New Orleans.
Volunteers will also be introduced to local social enterprise, Café Reconcile, a training kitchen for at-risk youth, who will supply our lunches and closing dinner.
3:30pm - 5:00pm: As a special thank you, a closing reception will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market, a performing arts venue and Jazz community center in Central City, New Orleans. The Jazz Market features music education experiences for all ages with a mission to keep jazz alive and well in New Orleans. Join us for great food and great entertainment as we celebrate our work.
Saturday, September 22: Optional tours available
Couldn’t make the tours on Thursday? Options will be available to see the sights and sounds of NOLA!
For updates on Tourism Cares for New Orleans and any important information relating to the event please visit our New Orleans page on the Tourism Cares website, and as always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either Jess, Kati, or Geoff.