NPC18 in New Orleans

Imagine meeting in a city where cultures collide in a brilliant explosion of flavors, emotions and sounds. Nearly 300 years in the making, New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, home to Creole cuisine and rich with history and unmatched southern hospitality. In 2018, New Orleans will be celebrating its tricentennial, giving you the opportunity to participate in historic events during APA's National Planning Conference, including NOLA Navy Week complete with Tall Ships, neighborhood celebrations, city-wide mural dedications, and fireworks.

New Orleans is centrally located with a walkable downtown and cutting-edge, world class convention facilities. With $1.57 billion worth of improvements to the city in the past decade, New Orleans remains an authentic destination and truly a place like no other.

It's a city of chefs and delectable cuisine and a unique blend of French, Spanish, Caribbean and African cultural influences in our architecture, food, people and music. With more than 1,400 restaurants, the city offers one of the most inconceivable — and incredibly diverse — concentrations of incomparable dining and unforgettable cuisine in the world.

Because most of the city's restaurants, attractions, tours, accommodations and event venues are within walking distance of each other, it's easy to get around the "Big Easy" and is the perfect setting for networking.

Come enjoy the charm of New Orleans, all while attending a successful National Planning Conference, in the Crescent City, Sportsman's Paradise...the Big Easy. New Orleans combines big city choices with the small town friendliness, convenience and always has lagniappe — a little something extra — to offer. Your exploration of the many sensory experiences that come with the unique city of New Orleans begins here — laissez les bons temps rouler — let the good times roll!

Fun Facts About New Orleans

New Orleans is divided into 73 neighborhoods or — alternatively — into 17 wards, 15 city planning districts, eight police districts, seven municipal districts, five City Council districts — and a whole mess of ZIP codes.

The formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase was made at the Cabildo building in New Orleans on December 20, 1803.

The total mileage of canals both above and below ground in New Orleans exceeds that of Venice in Italy.

City Park is home to world's largest stand of mature live oaks, which includes a grand oak that dates back nearly 800 years.

The first Mardi Gras parade took place on Shrove Tuesday in 1838 in New Orleans. Riders on Mardi Gras floats are required, by law, to be masked.

New Orleans has more than 140 registered festivals, providing year-round entertainment for locals and visitors alike.

New Orleans is currently home to 1,406 restaurants, many of which serve traditional New Orleans Creole cuisine (a mixture of French, African and Spanish influences). Antoine's in New Orleans, established in 1840, is the country's oldest family-owned restaurant.

The famous beignet is the Louisiana State donut.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is the fourth largest enclosed stadium-arena in the world.

Originally built in 1718, the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans is the oldest cathedral in the U.S. The present structure, the third one on the site, dates from 1789.

New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz, the only true American art form. Jazz gave birth to the Blues and Rock and Roll music. Jazz was originally called jass, in reference to the fragrant jasmine that women in New Orleans Storyland red light district wore.

Opera was first performed in the U.S. at New Orleans in 1796.

Poker and craps were invented in New Orleans during the 1700s.

The Ursuline Convent, the oldest brick-and-post building of the French Colonial style in America, also housed the nation's first girls' school.