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Travel and General Information

Location

The 21st annual Commodity Classic will take place at the sixth largest convention facility in the nation.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70130

Please note: Some ancillary events may be scheduled at nearby hotels.

 

About New Orleans

New Orleans, also known as “The Birthplace of Jazz,” is made up of distinctive neighborhoods that give the city its unique character and easy-living feel. The Warehouse Arts District is the home of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and many museums and galleries. Just steps away is the French Quarter, which is filled with music, restaurants, historic architecture, and boutique shopping. A ride on the historic St. Charles streetcar line will take you past the elegant homes of the Garden District. We invite you to experience the city’s rich history and cultural heritage through its one-of-a-kind cuisine, music, churches, traditions, and architecture. Visit the New Orleans link on CommodityClassic.com for additional information.

 

Travel Information

Travel Leaders travel agency is available to assist with your air transportation and car rental needs. Please call Debbie Marvin at Travel Leaders:

(800) 627-9258

(785) 430-6429 Direct

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Email: debbiem@travelleaders.com

 

After-hours emergency contact information will be provided after tickets have been issued. A transaction fee will apply: $25 per ticket.

 

Air Transportation

The brand-new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) opened in Fall 2019 with a number of enhancements and features geared towards making travel quicker, safer and more enjoyable from arrival to departure. MSY is located approximately 20 minutes from most Commodity Classic hotels. Travel Leaders has access to discounts on several airlines on behalf of Commodity Classic attendees. Restrictions may apply. Contact Travel Leaders for details.

 

Ground Transportation

Airport Shuttle: Airport Shuttle, Inc. is the official ground transportation for Armstrong International Airport, with service to and from New Orleans’ hotels and other designated locations. Group rate to Commodity Classic hotels is $40 (per-person, round-trip), which is a $4.00 discount only if booked online and 24 hours prior to your arrival/departure. Visit https://www.airportshuttleneworleans.com/portals/2022-commodity-classic-mar-22 to book shuttle service. The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal, 24 hours in advance of your arrival. The first three bags per person are free. To change a reservation made online, or to make a phone reservation at regular rates, call Airport Shuttle, Inc. at 1-866-596-2699. Click here to see the airport shuttles.

 

Taxi: A fixed rate of $36 (one to two people) is charged from the airport to most areas of New Orleans. For parties of more than two, the fare is $15 per person. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. Taxi rates downtown are $3.50, plus $0.30 per one-eighth mile thereafter, with an additional charge of $1.00 per passenger after the first passenger.

 

Uber/Lift/Rideshare: Easily order an uber or lyft when you land at the New Orleans airport, and they’ll get you to your destination in no time! Located on the bottom level of the airport parking lot, there is a designated spot for ride-share pick ups. It is conveniently across the street from baggage claim, so grab your suitcase and meet your driver. Trips to and from the airport with start and end locations in Orleans Parish are a minimum of $33.

 

Rental Car: You can connect to the MSY Rental Car Center using our MSY Rental Car Lot Shuttle. The rental car shuttle is available in front of the Long Term Parking Garage. Exit the terminal on Level 1 Baggage Claim and walk towards the Long Term Parking Garage adjacent to the terminal. Efficient, nonstop service is available to and from the rental car facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shuttles typically depart every 5 minutes from the terminal to the rental car facility. The shuttle takes approximately 15-20 minutes to drive from the terminal to the rental car facility. Passengers with special needs should contact MVI Field Services at (615) 318-3108.

 

Getting Around Town

Ride through New Orleans on a national historic streetcar that only costs $1.25. You can also purchase a Jazzy Pass which entitles the bearer to unlimited rides on all streetcars and bus lines. A one-day Jazzy Pass can be purchased for $3.00 (cash only) from the bus or streetcar operator when you board. To purchase Jazzy Passes online or for a list of retail purchase locations, please visit http://www.norta.com/Fares-Passes/Jazzy-Pass.aspx.

 

Pedicabs are another form of transportation available on the streets of New Orleans. Eco-friendly, efficient, and fun, a pedicab is a great way to get across the French Quarter, go to and from your hotel, avoid traffic and parking frustrations, or just pop across town in style and comfort. Hail one on the street and a friendly driver will tell you their rates and get you where you need to go.

 

Hotel Shuttles

Sponsored by NACHURS and Commodity Classic.

Complementary convention shuttle transportation will be provided between the convention center and the following hotels:

- Astor Crowne Plaza

- Courtyard Downtown/ Convention Center

- Embassy Suites Convention Center

- Hilton Riverside

- JW Marriott New Orleans

- Le Meridien New Orleans

- New Orleans Marriott

- Omni Riverfront

- Renaissance Arts Warehouse District

- Sheraton New Orleans

- Sonesta ES Suites Convention Center

- SpringHill Suites Downtown/ Convention Center

- The Westin New Orleans

 

The following hotels do not have shuttle transporation:

- Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center
- Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center
- Hyatt Place Convention Center
- Marriott Warehouse Arts District

 

Tours

Commodity Classic has arranged for several tours of unique destinations in the New Orleans and surrounding areas. Be sure to check out these optional tours HERE as you plan your schedule. All tours are an additional fee and are not included with Commodity Classic registration fees.

 

Commodity Classic Registration Desk

The Registration Desk will be located in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center inside Hall G. Stop by the Commodity Classic registration area starting Wednesday, March 9, to pick up your registration materials and event program. If you have any questions, the registration staff will be happy to assist.

 

Current New Orleans Safety Guidelines

Commodity Classic is prepared to follow the local and facilities guidelines in New Orleans regarding health and safety. We are working closely with our partners, vendors, and local authorities to ensure a successful Commodity Classic. For more information, please visit our Health and Safety Page.

 

Childcare Service

Please check with your hotel for local companies that provide in-room childcare services.

 

Weather

In March, the average high temperature is 71 degrees, with an average low of 52, making the spring an ideal time to visit New Orleans!

 

Louisiana Agriculture

Louisiana ranks #1 in the nation in the production of crawfish, shrimp, alligators and oysters. Other top commodities are rice, corn, sugarcane, soybeans, cattle, and calves. Poultry is the largest animal industry in the state. More than 40 percent of U.S. grain exports move through Louisiana ports.