Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

Harrah's New Orleans Undergoes $325 Million to Transformation Into Caesars New Orleans

Caesars Entertainment, Inc., parent company of Harrah's New Orleans, has shared plans to transform the property into Caesars New Orleans as part of a $325 million renovation and construction project that will significantly enhance the property, set to be completed by 2024.

The plans, presented before the New Orleans Building Corporation, detail a large-scale renovation of Harrah's, the only land-based casino in New Orleans, which is only steps from the famed French Quarter

New Orleans' Higgins Hotel & Conference Center Joins Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts announced the addition of The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center to its growing portfolio. Operated by Davidson's lifestyle and luxury division Pivot Hotels & Resorts, the 230-room, Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel is part of Curio Collection by Hilton.

New Facilities in the U.S. Earn GBAC STAR Accreditation

Several convention centers and lodging facilities across the United States have recently secured GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA. By providing third-party validation, GBAC STAR’s 20-step, performance-based program helps facilities of all sizes establish and maintain an effective system of cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.

Recently accredited facilities include:

Construction Kicks Off on Four Seasons New Orleans

Big news in New Orleans event venues: Construction has begun on the Four Seasons New Orleans, the first of the brand’s properties in New Orleans. The new 341-key, 81-residence property is slated to open in 2020.

The structure it's located in, Two Canal, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been nearly vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. The restoration, renovation and modernization of this structure will make it one of the largest Four Seasons hotels in the brand’s portfolio.