NEW ORLEANS

As America’s most European city, New Orleans is best known as the birthplace of jazz, a culinary mecca of the world, and its general laissez faire attitude.  But look a little closer and you will see that New Orleans’ classical ambiance is married with contemporary touches, vibrant art, exceptional history and cultural influences spanning the globe.

AlliedPRA New Orleans is a full-service DMC located right in the heart of the Crescent City delivering custom experiences for meetings, convention, travel and incentive planners. As your single destination resource, your program is made easy with AlliedPRA New Orleans!  Our knowledge of all things local allows us to offer creative options showcasing our unique culture. We are proud to assist you in hosting your next event in the one, the only, BIG EASY!

Destinations we serve: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi

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New Orleans, LA 70112 USA

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Jeff O’Hara, Global DMC Professional

Jeff O’Hara, CMP, DMCP, President

Jeff began his hospitality career in 1985, working part time while a student at Florida State University. His career has taken him to every corner of the hospitality industry – he has worked in luxury boutique hotels and 1,000 plus room “supertankers.”  He has managed small restaurants and developed B&B’s. Jeff moved to New Orleans in 1992, for what he laughingly describes as “a two-year assignment” while he was with Sheraton Hotels. Falling hard in love with this unique, dynamic, “laissez le bon temps rouler” city, he has made it his home ever since.  Since 1997 his focus has… Read More

Jeff began his hospitality career in 1985, working part time while a student at Florida State University. His career has taken him to every corner of the hospitality industry – he has worked in luxury boutique hotels and 1,000 plus room “supertankers.”  He has managed small restaurants and developed B&B’s. Jeff moved to New Orleans in 1992, for what he laughingly describes as “a two-year assignment” while he was with Sheraton Hotels. Falling hard in love with this unique, dynamic, “laissez le bon temps rouler” city, he has made it his home ever since.  Since 1997 his focus has been on Destination Management, for which he has a unique passion. He has worked with groups around the country as well as internationally. Since purchasing the PRA New Orleans franchise in 2002, he has made the New Orleans destination experience his focus.

His enthusiasm for providing clients with a New Orleans experience, combined with knowledge of every corner, alley, venue and restaurant in the city, leads his team to an unmatched level of client satisfaction. He is known for making the impossible happen at a moment’s notice, and works diligently (often over a cocktail or a meal, as is tradition in New Orleans) to keep his relationships and network first rate.

A native of Kingston, NY, he received a BS in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University and an MBA from Tulane University. He is active in a number of industry associations and boards, including the Society of Hosts at Florida State University which named him Alumnus of the Year in 2004. Jeff spends much of his free time in the mountains of Colorado, where he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, golf and of course skiing.

Get in touch: Jeff Ohara

Christie Drury, Global DMC Professional
Christie Drury, National Sales Manager
Cindy Hayes, Global DMC Professional
Cindy Hayes, Director of Sales
Erin Gremillion, Global DMC Professional
Erin Gremillion, Account Manager
Jeff O’Hara, Global DMC Professional
Jeff O’Hara, CMP, DMCP, President
Katie Poche, Global DMC Professional
Katie Poche, Sales Coordinator
Sarah Howard, Global DMC Professional
Sarah Howard, Account Manager
Terry Jackson, Global DMC Professional
Terry Jackson, Vice President

NEW ORLEANS: OUR PICKS

Top things to do

Wednesday in the Square

Spring in New Orleans is always exciting – and New Orleanians go out and experience the great weather and each other at Wednesday in the Square, located in Lafayette Square. Each week, different vendors from across the city offer a variety of good eats in the midst of great music.

Ride the Street Car

Slip back into yesteryear and leave your cares behind while seeing the city in leisurely fashion. The Street Cars are a token of New Orleans transportation, and are a great way to see the bustling, elegant, and unique parts of the city. Exact change only.

Ogden After Hours

Each Thursday evening the Warehouse District gets rocking with indisputable sounds of southern music. Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents Ogden After Hours, featuring a live musical performance by southern musicians and interview by southern music historian(s). Here is the opportunity to celebrate the music of the South in an intimate and unique way, surrounded by the Museum’s diverse collection and in the Museum’s architecturally-distinct setting.

Bacchanal

A wine laboratory where food, music, and culture collude with Holy Vino to create the most unique evenings you will ever experience in New Orleans Bywater neighborhood. Dedicated to Old World Wines from smaller producers that truly reflect the regions and soils they are grown in, Bacchanal offers a diverse selection of wine not found on most store shelves. Still not sure about these different wines? Stop by on a Saturday between 3–5 PM for free wine tasting.

Bon Operatit!

Opera has always had its place in the New Orleans social scene with the first documented theatre opening in 1796. Bon Operatit! continues this tradition, entertaining guests at the site of one of America’s first opera houses. The Four Points by Sheraton rests on
the site of the French Opera House which stood for 60 years as the cultural center of New Orleans Creole society and the first opera house in the United States. Every second Wednesday of the month, Bon Operatit! performs a free concert singing favorite opera and musical theater hits. It’s a night you won’t soon forget.

$0.25 Martinis Lunches

As a nod to the good ol’ days, when lunchtime meant a leisurely meal paired with rounds of martinis, the $0.25 Martinis Lunches have taken root in New Orleans. Fine dining establishments around New Orleans are offering 25-cent cocktails along with your midday meal. Whether you’re entertaining clients on a tiny expense account or you’re on vacation and looking to let loose, these lunches are sure to please.

Old New Orleans Rum Tour

Located in Mid-City, this rum distillery is a throwback to Southern Louisiana’s heritage of sugar cane production. Tour the distillery and experience an intimated, detailed look at the distillation process used to create several sensational flavors of rum. Old New Orleans Rum can also be found at many of the bars around the city – be sure to ask for it by name.

Stroll through Royal and Charters Street

New Orleans is wrought with little boutique shops that are gems waiting to be found. Whether you’re in the market for a lovely antique, contemporary lighting, or just a wonderful New Orleans memento, Royal and Charters Streets are the places to go!

Festivals!

Louisiana is known as the festival state – and why not? We know how to relax and experience the joie de vivre. It’s been said that Louisiana averages over one festival a day. Some of our favorites are:
Tennessee Williams Fest (March)
French Quarter Fest (April)
Creole Tomato Fest (June)
Tales of the Cocktail (July)
Satchamo Summerfest (August)
Seafood Fest (October)
Louisiana Swamp Fest (November)
Poboy Fest (November)

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution opened on December 16, 1911 with only nine works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the South. Thanks to The Helis Foundation, everyone can enjoy free admission to NOMA on Wednesdays and the Sculpture Garden any day except for special events.

Top places to eat

Arnaud’s Restaurant

With 19 (yes, 19!) private dining rooms and a kitchen that knows how to make it work when they are all occupied, Arnaud’s is a dream to work with. They do great honor to the cuisine of New Orleans, in fact many of our staple traditional dishes were created here. An AlliedPRA staff favorite, often the site of our birthday and holiday celebrations.

Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar

Need a great little dive that serves uptasty bar food? Then look no farther than Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar, located in the Warehouse District. With a good food selection for a bardive, we do have to say that the daily specials are pretty good. Not adventurous? Order some tacos and pour on any of the featured hot sauces.

Bourbon House

New Orleans is synonymous with excellent seafood. Though there are tons of places to get oysters (fixed a multitude of ways), nothing quite beats good oysters in a fun, energetic atmosphere like Bourbon House. Grab a seat at the bar and order your oysters raw or “barbecued” if you’re in the mood for something spicy. Be sure to chase the oysters with a local brew or your favorite beverage.

The Court of Two Sisters

Our pick for the best brunch has to be The Court of Two Sisters. Opening daily at 9:00am, the buffet-style service allows you to taste test before going back for larger helpings of your favorites. If weather permits, we suggest sitting in their romantic courtyard, with a trickling fountain and dappled light.

Tommy’s Cuisine and Wine Bar

This delectable little jewel is located in the Warehouse District, across from Emeril’s. Decorated in dark woods and with a swanky feel, their wine bar has a diverse selection. The bartenders work with you to ensure you order a wine that will help make the night magical.

Sucre

The best place to satisfy your sweet tooth is Sucre. Located uptown on Magazine Street, this dessert café is designed to make your mouth water. From delectable chocolates and homemade gelato to macaroons, they have something for everyone.

Tableau

For the best people watching, go to the newly opened Tableau, located right on Jackson Square, as it’s wrap around balcony allows guests to watch the traffic, see the sights of the Square, and watch the people coming and going. Be sure to try their in-house cocktails.

Cochon Restauarnt

Our friends at Cochon, located in the Warehouse district uptown, know how to make a great gumbo. Dark, earthy and smooth, this gumbo is considered a “Cajun” gumbo, not a Creole. Sometimes served with chicken and sausage, sometimes with duck and sausage – you’re sure to get a full flavored concoction any time you go.

Byblos Mediterranean

Bread pudding is offered virtually everywhere in this city. Which makes selecting the restaurant with the best bread pudding difficult. Our favorite little dive with the best bread pudding is at Byblos Mediterranean on Metairie Road. The trip is definitely worth it – the chef guards the bread pudding recipe closely. The bread pudding has a great cinnamon profile and spongy consistency, topped with a white chocolate sauce.

Galatoire’s Restauarnt

The best place to see and be seen, hands down. They only have one seating at lunch. Enough said.

Top places to stay

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Experience the Crescent City like never before at the revitalized Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The New Orleans AAA Four Diamond hotel re-opened its doors in the fall of 2011as the city’s premier hotel for meetings, conventions, and leisure visitors alike, boasting 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event space, strikingly sophisticated guest rooms, and luxurious amenities. The hotel includes 1,193 all-new guest rooms, including four presidential suites and five residential-style meeting planner suites, the city’s largest hotel meeting and exhibition space.

Sheraton New Orleans

The Sheraton New Orleans offers 1,110 guest rooms, including 53 suites, reflecting New Orleans charm and many have views of the Mississippi River or French Quarter. The property includes five exquisite ballrooms, including the Armstrong Ballroom. Named after jazz legend Louis Armstrong, this ballroom features the best views in the city including a skylight and expansive windows overlooking the Mississippi River.

The Roosevelt

The then 116-year-old hotel reopened in 2009 after an entire hotel restoration. The goal was to celebrate the history of the building, find the beauty of details that were covered throughout the years, bringing back some real grandeur to the hotel. The Roosevelt also includes one of the top spas in the city, the Guerlain Spa. The Guerlain offers a full line of spa services from massages and facial treatments to hand therapies and complete day spa experiences, each personally tailored to revive mind, body and soul.

Windsor Court Hotel

After a $22 million renovation and state of the art spa addition, this property has earned four diamonds from AAA and four stars from Forbes, one of only two hotels in New Orleans to achieve the dual distinction. Guests can experience the delightful tradition of afternoon tea in New Orleans at Le Salon. Sip from a selection of 26 of the finest loose-leaf variety brews while your ears enjoy soft melodies from a harpist or pianist. Nibble on an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches as you engage in one of New Orleans most beloved and fashionable pastimes.

Ritz Carlton New Orleans

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is located on the edge of the French Quarter and provides guests with access to the city’s most popular and unique attractions. This distinctive luxury hotel in New Orleans features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa with 22 treatment rooms, an acclaimed signature restaurant, new stylish lounge and 35,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel guest will find the Davenport Lounge is named in honor of the hotel’s headline entertainer, Jeremy Davenport. Live jazz entertainment by Jeremy Davenport is offered on Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is a local favorite!

The Monteleone

Located in the French Quarter, The Monteleone hotel features signature New Orleans cocktails, luxury hotel amenities, and delicious New Orleans Cuisine. The famous Carousel Bar & Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone is a long-time favorite New Orleans hotspot. The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar. For decades, it has lured guests in to take a spin on the 25-seat, bright circus-clad Merry-Go-Round. The Carousel Bar overlooks famed Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

W French Quarter

Guests can experience the multimillion dollar transformation of the W French Quarter by discovering the redesigned guest rooms that illustrate the soul and intrigue of New Orleans while they can sip and savor at the new “spirited” restaurant and bar SoBou. SoBou is the latest culinary creation from The Commander’s family of restaurants. The venue presents a cutting-edge cocktail program led by celebrated Bar Chef Lu Brow of The Swizzle Stick Bar and in-house Bar Chef Abigail Gullo and a delectable selection of Louisiana street food inspired small plates created by Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Consulting Chef Tory McPhail in a Modern Creole Saloon.

International House Hotel

Harnessing the power of design to uplift the human spirit and located two blocks from the French Quarter and Reinventing the Crescent, International House is the boutique hotel in America’s boutique city. The International House Hotel offers a unique cocktail experience in their lobby mixology bar, Loa. Enviable organic local citrus, herbs, and berries are presented at Loa as they appear across the Louisiana landscape. The menu features boutique wines and the most progressive cocktails in the city, whose recipes routinely require a dozen fresh-squeezed juices on hand, a myriad of homemade syrups and tinctures, and an array of original bitter – pecan, cucumber skin, bell pepper, chicory-plantain.

Loews New Orleans

Loews New Orleans is rated one of the “Top 50 Large City Hotels in the U.S. and Canada” by Travel + Leisure readers. This property offers guests a premier New Orleans luxury hotel designed to provide both comfort and value. Guests can dine at Cafe Adelaide, part of the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants, acclaimed by local and regional food writers as one of the best New Orleans restaurants, and is a favorite of local residents as well as visitors. Chef Carl Shaubut’s Modern Creole Cuisine featuring playful modern Creole cuisine is the cornerstone to “eating, drinking, and carrying on!” Famously known for their $.25 cent martinis!

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

Located in the heart of the French Quarter on world famous Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans displays a timeless elegance and refinement reminiscent of its European counterparts. This property includes the new restaurant in town, Restaurant R’evolution. Take one city steeped in tradition and fortified with a tenacious spirit. Combine it with a cross-cultural fusion of food and flavors built on the culinary history of seven nations that contributed to its unique flavor. Toss in two world-famous chefs with very different backgrounds, and what do you get? Restaurant R’evolution, the first joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. Offering modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine, Restaurant R’evolution opened in June 2012.