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. The city is also ranked third in Food & Wine destinations. From Cajun and Creole to Soul and Contemporary French, award-winning chefs create food for your taste buds and nourishment for your soul. 

Start the day with a beignet drenched in powdered sugar and a steaming café au lait, lunch on a shrimp po-boy or mouth-watering muffuletta and end the day with gumbo, shrimp creole and flaming bananas foster. 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. 

Immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the Arts District, experience the historic architecture of the French Quarter or enjoy the modern luxury and convenience of the Central Business District. 

Music is where New Orleans' first settlers found common ground and no other city loves music more. 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 our heritage. Let our music move your soul. 

Countless architectural gems await you in 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. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from city center. 

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

2016 -- Quebec City, QC
2017 -- To Be Determined
2018 -- Ottawa, ON

If you have any questions, please send them to convention@optimist.org.



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 fun and fellowship!  To view photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery.  If you have any photos you would like to share, please send them to convention@optimist.org.



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