New developments, hotels, and renovations at the airport will provide better services to locals and visitors
May be several new developments this year, including a new airport, cocktail museum, children’s museum and more. For a full list of developments, click here.
• New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI)
will launch its inaugural culinary class this month at 725 Howard Avenue with classes officially beginning January 7th.
The $32 million culinary and hospitality institute is home to teaching kitchens, a wine and spirits lab, a retail café space, separate classroom and office spaces for NOCHI and Tulane University and an event center on the top floor.
Beginning in May a range of enthusiast classes will be offered to locals and visitors alike for those passionate about food, wine and cocktails, looking to improve their skill.
• New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the historic milestone, the festival has added an extra day to the lineup making Thursday, April 25th this year’s opening day.
• Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
is on track to open the new 972,000 square-foot facility in May 2019.
This 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 center of aisle.
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 and Midway Pizza.
o The new facility is expected to increase the airport’s economic impact by approximately 20% in the next five years and will support 64,000 jobs and $6.4 billion in local spending.
• Mardi Gras
season kicks off in New Orleans on Sunday, January 6th, known as Twelfth Night. Parades will continue through Mardi Gras Day on Tuesday, March 5th.
Carnival Season welcomes more than one million people to the streets of New Orleans.
The Krewe of Rex chose the colors of Mardi Gras in 1872, with purple representing justice, gold representing power and green representing faith.
More than 500,000 king cakes are sold each year in New Orleans between January 6th and Fat Tuesday, and another 50,000 are shipping out-of-state via overnight courier.
Many krewes are known for their unique handmade throws, such as the Krewe of Zulu’s coconuts and the Krewe of Muses’ shoes.
This year, many of the smaller more unique walking parades are rolling earlier than usual, like the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, which will parade through the Marigny on February 9th.
• Atelier Ace, the creative group behind the Ace Hotel, will open Maison de la Luz,
a distinctive new guest house located in the city’s Central Business District this April. The new property will feature 67 guest rooms, a library bar and a curated concierge service.