Agent Tools & Info - New Orleans

GENERAL INFO

Time Zone - 15 hours behind AEST, observes daylight savings (March - November)

Seasons - Subtropical climate (hot, humid summers and short, mild winters).
Summer: June - September
Autumn: September - November
Winter: December - February
Spring: February - May

Peak Travel Seasons - January, May, September & October

Key Booking Period - January, February & August

Average Length of Stay - 4 nights

Visa Requirements (Australian Passports) - Visa Waiver (ESTA) required for stays under 90 days

Events to note - Mardi Gras (Feb/March), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April/May), Essence Festival (June/July)

Key Airlines - Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Delta

Top Selling Hotels
French Quarter Chateau Lemoyne
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
Whyndam New Orleans

INSIDER'S TIPS

Music, especially Jazz, is such an important part of the culture of the Crescent City. You will find street musicians at nearly every corner in the French Quarter and if you are lucky you will see the crazy brass band procession of a Second Line. Frenchman Street is also home to a number of live Jazz, Blues and Soul venues

With it's unique mix of French, African and American cultures; New Orleans has some of the best food in the world. Must-try's include a Po' Boy (meat, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise served on a baguette), Jambalaya (sausage and other meats, vegetables, spices and rice stew) and Beignet's from the famous Cafe Du Monde (deep-fried pastry coated in sugar). 

New Orleans loves a drink and has no open-container laws, so you can walk down the street with a beer in hand or order a cocktail 'to-go'! Must-do's include enjoying a Hand Grenade on the Tropical Isle balcony, marvel at the sheer range of absinthe at the appropriately named Old Absinthe House or get your dance on at one of the 24/7 nightclubs (Oz, Bourbon Pub & Parade and Cafe Lafitte in Exile)