Final Manuscript Submission Deadline:
January 8, 2009
Advance/Author Registration Deadline:
January 8, 2009
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Rate: $179 single/double
Reservation cut off: Jan 24, 2009
Direct Line for reservations: 504-586-0300
Reserve your room online.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
There are new passport requirements for visitors to the U.S., including travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries. As of January 1, 2009, travelers must submit biographical information electronically via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a plane or ship en route to the U.S. (In the past, this information was hand-written on a form that was distributed by the flight crew after boarding.) According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the ESTA authorization can be accomplished at any time until 72 hours in advance of a scheduled flight; electronic biographical information must be submitted no later than 72 hours prior. ESTA authorization will be valid for two years or until a traveler’s passport expires. For more information about ESTA, go to www.CBP.gov/esta
Additionally, visitors to the United States may be required to have ten fingerprints scanned; this is an upgraded security measure which is part of the US-VISIT program.
As in past years, visas may be difficult to secure if travelers do not make an application well in advance of their scheduled travel.
About New Orleans
Now is the time to fall in love with New Orleans all over again.
The cultural riches, sensual indulgences and unparalleled service that define the New Orleans experience continue to flourish, as they have for centuries. The most celebrated and historic core of the city – including the Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, Central Business District, Warehouse and Arts District, Magazine Street, Garden District, Audubon Park and Zoo and St. Charles Avenue – is thriving.
The historic and cultural experience that has attracted millions of visitors for decades is as rich, charming and welcoming as ever. It’s no surprise that Orbitz and Travel + Leisure have chosen it as one of their top destinations for 2007 and The Today Show in August 2007 named New Orleans as number two in its America the Beautiful series.
Come see and celebrate for yourself.
New Orleans is one of the world’s busiest ports and the cultural capital of the South, yet the city is remarkably compact and easy to navigate. Visitors are always pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the city’s attractions, accommodations and event venues are within walking distance of each other; in fact, “hoofing it” (in New Orleans’ case, translated as walking or grabbing a mule-drawn carriage) is a favorite means of transportation in the Crescent City.
But, if you prefer wheels to legs, New Orleans has a very accessible and reasonably priced public transportation system, too. It only costs $1.25 to take an RTA bus . . . or one of the city’s famed streetcars, which travel the Riverfront and Canal Street. Where else can you actually ride on a historic landmark?
Of course, as one of the world’s top convention and meeting destinations, New Orleans also has a range of national car rental agencies as well as taxi and limousine services. A number of the city’s hotels and attractions offer free shuttle services, and there are a great variety of guided tours throughout the city and its environs.
"By land or by sea," getting where you are going in New Orleans is half the fun. Riverboats go rollin’ on the river, just like they’ve done for more than a century. If street traffic is tight, you can always take a ferry to Algiers or a river shuttle to Audubon Zoo!
Even the Louis Armstrong International Airport is convenient; just 15 miles from the Central Business District and French Quarter, it is a quick ride away, whether you go by bus, shuttle, taxi or limousine. If you come by Greyhound Bus or AMTRAK train, Union Terminal is, of course, centrally located and served by RTA buses, taxis and limos.Just be prepared for some transportation disruptions during the Mardi Gras season; nothing takes precedence over the city’s biggest celebration, so you will want to plan your comings and goings around the parade routes!
Local Area Transit