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97th Optimist International Convention

July 9-11, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA



Cuisine in New Orleans isn’t the only thing spicing up the city. TripAdvisor 2010 Traveler’s Choice® Destination Awards ranked New Orleans as the top destination in the world for night life. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America’s Top 5 Restaurant Cities.

New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from the hotel.

Nowhere else does it occur more effortlessly or more joyously. Jazz, America's only original art form, was born here while Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot that is New Orleans.

In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers.

Housing
Experience the best of the Crescent City in a spacious guestroom with a view, take a stroll down Bourbon Street for some entertainment, and savor local specialties at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. With plenty of amenities and things to do, Riverside is the ultimate in New Orleans accommodations and just 20 minutes from Louis Armstrong International Airport. Room rates include complimentary basic internet and there is a $12 per day charge for parking (subject to change).

Book Your Reservations Now!
The sleeping room rates start at $109 per night (plus taxes & fees) for up to two people and each additional person is an additional $20 (plus taxes & fees). Sleeping rooms with king beds are limited to a maximum of three people per room. Upgrades are available. To book your reservation and for more information on room types and upgrades available, including photos, click here or call (800) 445-8667 or (504) 584-3959. When calling, remember to mention the group name “Optimist International.” As long as there are sleeping rooms available, the deadline to make your reservation is June 17, 2015.

Please note: If you check-out prior to your reserved check-out date, the hotel will add a $90 early checkout fee (plus taxes & fees) to your account. To avoid an early checkout fee, advise the hotel at or before you check-in of any change in planned length of stay. Room rates include complimentary internet.

Schedule
Registration opens on Wednesday, July 8, and the fun will not end until everyone leaves Sunday, July 12 (after the Presidential Banquet on Saturday night, July 11). Click here for a detailed schedule. Be sure to check this page frequently for updates.

Future Conventions
Optimist International has its sights set on a few great destinations over the next several years.

2016 - Quebec City, Quebec
2017 - To Be Determined
2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

Questions
If you have any questions, please send them to convention@optimist.org or call (800) 500-8130.

See you in New Orleans!




2015 Convention Details


97th Optimist International Convention
July 9-11, 2015

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

More details will be available in January 2015.



2014 Convention Photos and Videos


The 96th Optimist International Convention in Las Vegas was full of fellowship and fun! To view photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery. If you have any photos you would like to share, please send to convention@optimist.org.

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