Travel & Accommodations

Travel Planning
Conference activities begin after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, March 5 and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

The NSE Professional Institute (required for first-year coordinators) begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6. NPI attendees should plan travel arrival for Tuesday, March 5.

The Conference opens with the Welcome and Plenary Session on March 6 at 4:00 p.m. Those attendees arriving on Wednesday, March 5, should plan arrival by early afternoon.

Mardi Gras festivities will be in full swing on March 2-5, 2019. If you arrive during a parade, streets may be blocked and ground transportation may be restricted, requiring a walk of several blocks to the hotel. Check the parade schedule for the best arrival times. Normal hotel access will resume on March 6.

The conference business meeting concludes at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8 followed by a tour of the University of New Orleans and closing banquet, concluding at 9 p.m. Campus tours on Saturday, March 9 will visit Louisiana State University and Southern University in Baton Rouge, returning at 6 p.m.

If departing following the annual business meeting on Friday, March 8, please plan flights for 5 p.m. or later.

Hotel Information
Astor Crowne Plaza – New Orleans French Quarter
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130   (504) 962.0500

Reservations: Last day to make room reservations is February 14, 2019.

Accommodations are available March 5 – 9, 2019 at the discounted rate of $169 per night for conference attendees. A $2.00 Occupancy Tax and 15.75% Room Tax per night will be added.

Hotel Services include free wifi, 24-hour room service, concierge, ATM, and business center. Hotel valet parking is available for $47/day.

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House and Seafood Bar is conveniently located within the Astor Crown Plaza, offering a rich array of tantalizing Creole specialties, freshly caught seafood, BBQ Shrimp, thick, juicy steaks and decadent desserts.

Plan flights to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) located approximately 16 miles from the conference hotel.

Ground Transportation
Taxi fare from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the Astor Crowne Plaza is $36 for up to two passengers. For three or more passengers, the fare is $15 per passenger.

Airport Shuttle New Orleans offers service from the airport to hotels and other locations in New Orleans for $24 (per person, one way) or $44 (per person, round trip). Expect multiple stops at various hotels and locations along the way.

Conference attendees are encouraged to utilize the New Orleans streetcars to travel throughout the city. Most restaurants for Wednesday evening’s Dine Around will be accessible via streetcar. Streetcar fare is $1.25 per ride (exact change required) or day passes may be purchased online.