Hotel & Travel

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

Experient

IFT Housing is now closed. If you have a confirmed hotel reservation through IFT Housing and need to cancel or make a change to your reservation, please contact your hotel directly.

For New Hotel Reservations 

For new hotel reservations, you may call 877.300.6147 or +1.619.546.7263 (outside of the U.S. and Canada) or book online through ARES, an IFT authorized booking agent. You may also contact hotels directly. Regrettably, room availability may be limited and event rates may no longer be available.


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:  http://www.united.com/web/en-US/default.aspx?root=1 (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:  http://www.aa.com/i18n/businessPrograms/groupsMeetings/main.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=group (no ticketing fees)
Promotion Code: 6564DB
Meeting Desk Phone: 800.433.1790
$25.00 ticketing fee applies when booking by phone


Transportation

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: http://www.aa.com/i18n/businessPrograms/groupsMeetings/main.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=group
Phone:  800-331-1600
Code: AWD # B136001

Parking & Directions to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center 

Visit the convention center website for map, directions, and details on parking options. 

Shuttle Bus Service
Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided from official IFT  hotels* to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center on the dates and times below. Buses will run every 10-15 minutes during peak morning and afternoon hours, and every 25-30 minutes mid-day. Buses on Saturday evening beginning at 6:15 p.m. will also stop at Mardi Gras World for the Welcome Reception.

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.

*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.

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

Convention Center Pick-up/Drop-off Locations: Shuttles will drop off and pick up at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center outside Halls D/E and Hall I.


Shuttle Bus Routes

Hotel Route # Hotel Boarding
Astor Crowne Plaza 4 Canal Street Entrance
Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center No Shuttle  
Courtyard by Marriott – Iberville 4 Ritz Carlton,Canal Street Entrance
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown - St. Charles Ave. 3 Sheraton Hotel, Canal Street Entrance
Doubletree Hotel 3 Tchoupitoulas Street & Gravier Street
Embassy Suites Convention Center No Shuttle  
Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter 4 Astor Crown Plaza, Canal Street Entrance
Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center No Shuttle  
Hampton Inn Downtown/French Quarter 4 Barrone Street & Common Street
Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center No Shuttle  
Hilton Garden Inn French Quarter/CBD 4 Barrone Street & Common Street
Hilton New Orleans Riverside 1 Side Breezway Entrance
Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Ave. 4 Poydras Street & St. Charles Ave.
Hotel Monteleone 2 New Orleans Marriott, Canal Street
Hyatt French Quarter 4 Astor Crown Plaza, Canal Street Entrance
Hyatt Place No Shuttle  
InterContinental 4 Poydras Street & St. Charles Ave.
JW Marriott 3 Sheraton Hotel, Canal Street Entrance
Loews New Orleans 4 Poydras Street Entrance
Marriott Convention Center No Shuttle  
New Orleans Marriott 2 Canal Street Entrance
Omni Royal Crescent 3 Sheraton Hotel, Canal Street Entrance
Omni Royal Orleans 2 New Orleans Marriott, Canal Street
Renaissance Arts Hotel 3 Tchoupitoulas Street across from hotel
Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel 4 Barrone Street & Common Street
Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown No Shuttle  
Ritz-Carlton 4 Astor Crown Plaza, Canal Street Entrance
Royal Sonesta Hotel 4 Astor Crown Plaza, Canal Street Entrance
Sheraton New Orleans 3 Canal Street Entrance
Springhill Suites by Marriott No Shuttle  
W New Orleans 3 Tchoupitoulas Street & Poydras Street
Westin New Orleans Canal Place 2 Canal Street by Saks Fifth Ave.
Windsor Court 3 Tchoupitoulas Street & Gravier Street
Wyndham Riverfront 1 Poydras Street Entrance