Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will open a new 972,000 square-foot facility Nov. 6, one of several developments expected to benefit the travel and meetings industry in New Orleans.
The new, world-class terminal complex will completely replace the current facility. The $1 billion project includes in-line baggage screening, a consolidated security checkpoint to three concourses and 35 gates, a 2,200-car parking garage and more concessions options located down the concourse center aisles.
Food and beverage concessions and news, gift and specialty treat retail concessions will feature a mix of local brands representative of Louisiana and New Orleans as well as national brands that appeal to both the local and visiting passengers, including Shake Shack, Mondo, Leah’s Kitchen, Emeril’s Table and MoPho.
The new facility is expected to increase the airport’s economic impact by about 20 percent in the next five years and will support 64,000 jobs and $6.4 billion in local spending.
Elsewhere, the Sazerac House officially opened its doors to the public last month on Oct. 2. Located at the corner of Canal and Magazine Streets, less than 350 yards from the original Sazerac Coffee House, Sazerac House offers an enriching sensory experience that embodies the city’s spirited and historic character.
In 2017, the Sazerac Company began work of re-imaging and restoring the historic 48,000-square-foot building which was left unoccupied for more than 30 years. The interactive, high-tech experience takes visitors through a journey of the history and culture of spirits in New Orleans including the world-famous Sazerac Cocktail and Sazerac roots.
- The Audubon Zoo has completed a new habitat for the African lions. The new exhibit will reflect an African Savanna with grass, trees and space to roam. The highlight of the exhibit will be a be a replica of an abandoned 1920’s-era train station offering panoramic views of the site along with places for up-close looks at the animals.
- Live Nation Entertainment has opened a new premier live music venue at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino. Honoring the historic traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the new 2,200-capacity venue located inside Harrah’s New Orleans Casino will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, outstanding dining options and friendly hospitality that celebrates the live-concert experience.
- The Historic New Orleans Collection has expanded its operations to a third building in the French Quarter. Located just across the street from the original building on Royal Street, the new campus includes the renovation of a 19th-century structure known as the Seignouret-Brulator Building, with a state-of-the-art rear addition plus a beautiful interior courtyard.
- The 9th annual Boudin, Bourbon and Beer, put on by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, will return to Champions Square on Nov. 8. Chef Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Aaron Sanchez as well as more than 70 local and regional chefs will headline the festival, serving creative dishes featuring boudin.
- The 2nd annual Fĕtes des Fromages (aka NOLA Cheese Fest), presented by the French American Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum Nov. 13-16. The fĕte will bring together more than 150 cheeses and two dozen international cheesemakers on the Saturday of the festival including a Wisconsin Cheese Village, a Southern Cheese Village all alongside French wines and craft beer.
- The 12th annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, put on by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and now combined with the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, will celebrate the historic Congo Square, the historic Tremé neighborhood and New Orleans’ iconic gumbo at Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park Nov. 16-17. There will be two stages of live music that will feature jazz, funk, brass bands, gospel and blues. Food vendors will also be serving up several varieties of gumbo, including chicken and andouille sausage, dark and light roux, seafood and even vegan.
- The 46th annual Bayou Classic returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the tradition of Grambling State and Southern University’s rival football game on Nov. 30. The Bayou Classic brings a week of events including the Bayou Classic Parade, Greek Show & Battle of the Band and a Fan Fest at Champion’s Square.
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