What to know before you go

What to pack
  • Conference attire is business casual
  • Welcome Party attire is casual (but bring a mask!)
  • The President’s Gala attire is formal/business professional
  • Bring layers: The hotel could be cold, but July in New Orleans will be hot and muggy
  • Hotel reservation confirmation
  • Conference registration confirmation
  • Business cards—you’ll need a lot of those with all the networking you’ll be doing!
  • Cash—bring cash to the Welcome Party, Auction & Appetizers, President’s Gala and IAC dinner to purchase beverages not provided by the NAA
  • Donations for Auction & Appetizers
Travel Tips
  • Check flight information into and out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at flymsy.com.
  • Airport Shuttle service is available to and from downtown and uptown New Orleans. Shuttles run every day, departing every 30 minutes (except between 2 and 3:30 a.m.). Purchase tickets at airportshuttleneworleans.com or in person at the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk across from baggage claim.
  • The airport is approximately 16 miles from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel.
  • New Orleans is an extremely walkable city and you will not need a car to get around, unless you are going outside the city.
  • Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond. Streetcar fare is $1.25 and must be paid with exact change when you board. One, three and 31-day unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes” are also available for $3, $9 and $55, respectively. Check the Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) website at norta.com or a list of places to purchase passes, as well as information about wheelchair accessibility. You can also download the RTA gomobile app and pay your fare instantly from your phone.
  • Parking at the Hilton Riverside is very high. The NAA negotiated rate is $25/night for self-parking. You may want to consider alternative options such as parking at the airport and taking an UBER or Lyft into the city (costs range from $25-$40).
  • The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel is located at 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA.
  • Once you are checked-in, mosey around the hotel, get acclimated to where the NAA meeting rooms are located, and locate the emergency exits.

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