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May 5-8, 2014

NEW ORLEANS

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Get to Know NOLA: Quick Facts

Did you know?

  • New Orleans was founded under the name La Nouvelle-Orléans on May 7, 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville and the French Mississippi Company. The city was named after Phillipe d'Orléans, who was France's head of state at the time.
  • The total mileage of canals both above and below ground in New Orleans exceeds that of Venice, Italy.
  • New Orleans is the largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, the second largest in the U.S., and the third largest in the world in volume of cargo handled.
  • The name “Uncle Sam” was coined on the wharfs of New Orleans before Louisiana was a U.S. territory — goods labeled “U.S.” were said to be from “Uncle Sam.”
  • The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe in the 17th century.  The annual Carnival celebration originated in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703. It was actually over 100 years before a recognizable version of it appeared in New Orleans.

New Orleans traditions

  • Jazz Fest is always held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, and will be taking place the weekend prior to Explore 2014.  Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, and Lionel Richie are just a handful of the headliners that have played in the past.  
  • In 1872, the official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen based on an honored visitor to New Orleans: Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff. The purple stands for justice, the green for faith, and the gold for power.

A city of inventions

  • New Orleans is known as the birthplace of Jazz.
  • The Muffuletta was invented in New Orleans at the Central Grocery and consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, and provolone. The sandwich is sometimes heated to soften the provolone.
  • The hurricane is a sweet alcoholic drink made with rum and fruit juice, syrup or grenadine. It is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien.
  • Poker was invented in New Orleans in the 1700s.
  • New Orleans is where opera was first performed in the U.S., back in 1796.

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Get to Know NOLA: Hotel and Venue

Sheraton New Orleans BallroomEveryone knows part of the appeal of going to a work conference is getting away from the office for a few days for a change of scenery in an exciting city — and New Orleans will not disappoint! Prepare yourself for a wild week of whatever suits your fancy: food, art, music, shopping, nightlife and, of course, informative sessions on QAD ERP.

To help pump you up for your trip, throughout the upcoming months we’ll be sharing the facts you really want to know, like “How far is the nearest Starbucks?” (Hint: Not far!) or “Where can I check out some jazz?” 

We certainly hope you get to extend your stay a few extra days for some sightseeing in New Orleans, but if your schedule is tight, then let’s start with the need-to-know information on where most of your week will be spent: The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Address
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Directions
Check-in: 3 PM
Check-out: 12 PM

Location: The recently renovated, eco-friendly hotel overlooks the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is within walking distance of infamous Bourbon Street, clubs catering to all varieties of live music and fabulous world-famous restaurants. The hotel is conveniently located on the Streetcar line, so if you get in to town early or have a break, it’s easy to see some of the nearby highlights or do some shopping. (A one-way ticket costs $1.25, so I’d opt for the 3-day ($5) or 5-day ($12) unlimited ride pass if you intend on doing some sightseeing.) For transportation from the airport to the hotel, click here for info.

Food: There are two restaurants on-site: Roux Bistro (breakfast/lunch, local Creole and Cajun dishes) and Pelican Bar (cocktails, light fare menu). There is also a Starbucks located inside the hotel lobby to satisfy your quick coffee and pastry fix. I understand that the work doesn’t stop while you’re away from the office, so 24/7 in-room dining is also an option. But I strongly suggest venturing out to one of the many award-winning restaurants if you get the chance! (Stay tuned for future posts on where to dine!)

Fitness: Whether jet lag or gumbo guilt has got you sluggish you might be asking for directions to the 24-hour Fitness Center, which goes beyond a normal hotel gym and offers workout programs by Core Performance for a complete program of nutrition, movement and recovery. Or stretch your legs on a stroll through the French Quarter and take in some fresh Louisiana air.

Leisure: There is a rooftop pool and sundeck (perfect for May in NOLA); art by photographer Jack Robinson adorns the hotel, giving guests a chance to experience life in 1950s New Orleans; and $5 wine tastings are offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pelican Bar during Sheraton’s “Social Hour.” A great place to get some last-minute relaxing and networking in before heading out for the evening Explore festivities!

We look forward to seeing you in NOLA for Explore 2014! 

Get Social for QAD Explore 2014

Are you social? Whether you have LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook, you can get social with QAD as we lead up to and during QAD Explore 2014! Follow us to make sure you’re getting the latest updates on the event and other QAD news from around the world:

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We’ll be using the hashtag #QADExplore when talking about the event. Let us know when you register or share what you’re looking forward to most! We’d love to hear from you!

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What’s Next? Explore 2014!

Thank you to everyone—customers, sponsors and employees—for making Explore 2013 in San Antonio such a great success! We enjoyed connecting with our QAD Community to build new lasting memories and relationships.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year for Explore 2014 in New Orleans!

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