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Hotel Industry Supports New Orleans Through
Hospitality Upgrade's Executive Vendor Summit
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March 17, 2006 - The Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans will be the host of Hospitality Upgrade’s Executive Vendor Summit, www.vendorsummit.com, April 4-6, 2006.  As members of the hospitality community, the Summit’s attendees are committed to helping New Orleans regain its strength and are thrilled it will be the location of the 2006 Executive Vendor Summit. 

The Royal Sonesta did not sustain any damage from Hurricane Katrina and was fully operational four weeks after the storm.  The hotel continues to accommodate leisure travelers, corporate meetings, recovery workers and even former President Bill Clinton. Most recently, the hotel hosted a bi-partisan Congressional delegation to see first-hand the reawakening of the city. 

The French Quarter was the first area of the city to be built and it is also the city’s highest point of land, so it fared Hurricane Katrina very well.  Everyday more and more restaurants are re-opening, including: Galatoire's, Antoine's, Arnaud's, Palace Café, Red Fish Grill, Stella and GW Fins. The list goes on and on.  The Central Business District/ Warehouse- Arts District also fared well and is vibrant with re-opening businesses.  The Uptown area and Magazine Street are also back and open for business. 

As far as the areas hardest hit by Katrina such as Lakeview, New Orleans East, and Lower 9th ward, it will be a much slower comeback because these areas were totally devastated.  But, these areas are primarily residential and would not typically be visited by New Orleans meeting attendees.

The airport is adding more and more flights on a daily basis.  Currently, there are about 75 flights daily where as before the storm there were 275 per day.  New Orleans will come back and be better than ever! The Executive Vendor Summit attendees are pleased to be a part of the re-birth of this wonderful city.

About Hospitality Upgrade's Executive Vendor Summit:

Hospitality Upgrade's Executive Vendor Summit is an invitation-only event limited to presidents and C-level executives of technology vendors actively involved in the hospitality industry. Created in partnership with BearingPoint, this two-day conference will feature an innovative and unique program. Please visit http://www.vendorsummit.com/program.html for a complete description of the conference sessions. In an industry based on competition and partnerships, the Summit offers vendor executives a rare combination of networking, social events and program. At other conferences and tradeshows, vendors are focused on selling products and services. At the Vendor Summit, they are freed to form critical relationships with their peers in a relaxed environment. 

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Contact:

Charlotte Somers
480. 636.8175
charlotte@hospitalityupgrade.com

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