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Weather
Generally speaking, the winter months are mild with highs in the 60’s and lows usually in the 40’s. Spring and fall have near perfect weather, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. The sticky summer months feature high humidity, daily rain showers and highs hovering in the 90’s. Summer nights however are often pleasant, with lows around 70 degrees and clear skies. Pack a variety of clothing no matter what time of the year to prepare for the often unpredictable weather. It is not unusual to hit 85 degrees in December, 50 degrees in May or 20 degrees in January.

Food
New Orleans is known for Cajun food, and Cajun food is known for its generous use of cayenne pepper. However, many restaurants will modify the amount of heat in their dishes according to the diner’s palate. And with over 200 restaurants in these 78 square-blocks, there truly is something for everyone, from burgers to bagels and from seafood and steaks.

USA Entry Requirements
If you need a VISA, you will need to apply as quickly as possible! Visa applications are taking longer to receive and individuals are subject to a much higher degree of scrutiny. Applications may take time and are subject to delays. Please apply as early as possible.
Each Visa Waiver Program traveler must present a machine-readable passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter into the United States with a Visa. Visa applications and further information can be obtained on line at www.travel.state.gov.

If you need assistance or an invitation letter contact: bwehner@amg-corp.com

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Customs Information
For further assistance regarding customs information refer to www.customs.ustreas.gov or call +1 (202) 344 – 1770.

New Orleans International Airport
The city’s airport code is MSY and it is known as "Louis Armstrong International Airport", just 15 miles from the Central Business District and Conference Venue. For information concerning the travel to and from the airport call +1 504 464 0831 or visit official website:
http://www.flymsy.com/

Taxation
The United States has no value-added tax or other indirect tax at the national level. Sales tax in New Orleans is 8% on meals, most goods, clothing, and services. Hotel tax is 13% for room tax. Car rentals at the airport are assessed 11% in taxes.

Conference Venue
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70140
USA
Tel: +1 504 561 0500
Fax: +1 504 568 1721
Reservations: 1-800-HILTONS
http://www.riversidemeetings.com/

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Tipping
Tipping is generally not included in service charges in the United States unless there is a large party. The general rule is to tip 15% to 20% of the entire bill for most service staff. Porters and doormen should get about $1 to $2 a bag and maids should receive about $2 per person per day ($3 in luxury hotels). Tip the valet-parking attendant $1 every time you get your car.

Helpful Phone Numbers
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau:............................................ +1 800 672 6124
Hilton New Orleans Riverside................................................................... +1 504 561 0500
24-Hour Pharmacy (Walgreens – 900 Canal St.):....................................... +1 504 568 1271
Medical Care:.......................................................................................... see hotel concierge
Emergencies (Police, fire & ambulance):......................................................................... 911

New Orleans on The Web
The City’s official website............................................................ http://www.cityofno.com
New Orleans Travel Guide...................................... http://www.experienceneworleans.com
New Orleans Online.................................................... http://www.NewOrleansOnline.com
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Burea.................. http://www.neworleanscvb.com

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