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New Orleans Morial Center gets convention honor, city 7th for staycations

new-orleans-convenion The New Orleans tourist and convention industry has received more recognition.   

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been awarded acknowledgements within the meetings industry that showcase its high levels of service and functionality as an event venue.

 Meeting planners have bestowed Smart Meetings magazine’s prestigious Smart Stars award for Best Convention Center. The facility was one of three convention centers nationwide to receive recognition from the magazine for 2014. It serves as an acknowledgement of the consistent standard of excellence that MCCNO has shown in handling meetings in the convention and conference market. 

Facilities and Destinations magazine, another trade publication for the meetings industry, announced its Prime Site Award winners, listing MCCNO among the 2014 recipients. This honor is given to the top convention and exposition centers, arenas and other event venues throughout the United States.

Also, in another but separate recognition, New Orleans is not just a great venue for work but for playand to stay awhile.

In recognition of the high cost of summer travel and the still-recovering economy, the personal finance social network WalletHub today followed up on its analysis of theBest & Worst Cities for Summer Travelwith a look at theBest & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014.

We compared each of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. based on 20 key metrics – ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita to the cost of maid services – in order to help consumers who are on the fence about staying home or taking a trip make the best decisions for their wallets and enjoy a bit of fun this summer.

New Orleans as a Staycation Destination

$1·  10th: Public Golf Courses Per Capita

$1·  21st: Swimming Pools Per Capita

$1·  49th: Tennis Courts Per Capita

$1·  8th: Zoos & Aquariums Per Capita

$1·  1st: Museums Per Capita

$1·  8th: Spas Per Capita

$1·  58th: Cost of a Movie Ticket

$1·  59th: Cost of a Maid Service

For the full report, please visit:http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/

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