Hotel & Travel

The 2014 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo will be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside will be our headquarters hotel.

Hotel ReservationsExperient

Housing will open March 3. Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the 2014 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. IFT has worked diligently with the hotels in New Orleans to establish room blocks for attendees and exhibitors. Booking a room in the contracted hotel block using IFT’s official registration and housing provider not only benefits you as an attendee, it also supports IFT. When you “book within the block,” you help IFT secure future meeting sites, keep meeting costs as low as possible, and enable us to provide some of the important features our participants have come to enjoy.

Special rates are available in select hotels through IFT Housing. Hotels will not accept reservations directly. Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis and a credit card valid through June 2014 is required to guarantee each hotel reservation.  Hotels may charge a single night’s room and tax (currently 13%) deposit to your credit card after May 28, 2014.

Hotel reservations must be made by Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to receive special rates.

Attendee Registration and Housing

Mail or Fax:
To register via fax or mail, download the Attendee Hotel Reservation Form & Map.

Toll-Free: 800.462.9440 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST)
International: +1.847.996.5848 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST)

Exhibitors: Access exhibitor housing information in the “Exhibitors Only” section.


It has come to our attention that several housing agencies have presented themselves as the hotel booking agents for IFT and have been contacting exhibitors and attendees to solicit hotel reservations. Experient, Inc. is the only official housing agent for the 2014 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans. No other housing company or travel agent is authorized to place hotel reservations on behalf of IFT.  Reservations made through any other agency cannot be guaranteed by IFT and may result in loss of deposit, additional charges, incorrect placement, or inflated room rates.  Please use the online hotel reservation system or official housing forms on this website to avoid confusion, additional charges, and unsatisfactory service.

Air Travel

Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) serves the New Orleans area and is located 11 miles from the Central Business District and French Quarter.
Airfare discounts have been arranged with United Airlines and American Airlines for fares to New Orleans on qualifying flights.  

United Airlines
Online: (no ticketing fee)
Offer Code: ZQV9126748

Meeting Desk Phone: 800.426.1122
$25.00 ticketing fee applies when booking by phone
Agreement code: 126748
Z code: ZQV9

American Airlines
Online: (no ticketing fees)
Promotion Code: 6564DB
Meeting Desk Phone: 800.433.1790
$25.00 ticketing fee applies when booking by phone


Airport Shuttle
Airport Shuttle New Orleans is the official ground transportation provider for the Louis Armstrong International airport.  Service is provided between the New Orleans hotels, Morial Convention Center and airport.  The current cost is $20.00 one way / $38.00 roundtrip and reservations are suggested.  For information and reservations, call 866.596.2699 or book online and receive a $3.00 discount on the roundtrip fare.

Car Rentals
Avis Rent A Car is offering special discounted rates to IFT attendees.  Reservations can be made by phone or online.  You will need to provide the IFT Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number in order to receive the discount.

Avis Rent A Car           
Online Reservations:
Phone:  800-331-1600
Code: AWD # B136001

Shuttle Bus Service
Shuttle bus service will be provided from official IFT hotels* to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

Saturday, June 21
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.** and 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 226:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 23
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24
6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

**Limited 30 minute service on the hour and half hour from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and New Orleans Marriott only.

*The following hotels are within walking distance to the convention center and will not have shuttle service: Courtyard Convention Center, Embassy Suites Convention Center, Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center, Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, Hyatt Place, Marriott Convention Center, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, and Wyndham Riverfront.