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 February 16, 2016
New Orleans Secures Largest Earth and Space Science Meeting For 2017

 New Orleans is proud to host the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Fall Meeting in 2017. Regularly attended by more than 25,000 scientists and other participants, the Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

The Fall Meeting, held annually in San Francisco, was prompted to relocate during renovations of the Moscone Center due to concerns that the Center would not be able to accommodate a successful Fall Meeting during construction. New Orleans topped the list of only a handful of cities that could accommodate the needs of this premier industry event with priorities including ample venue space for education and networking, convenience of location, hotel space, walkability and public transportation. The Crescent City is proven to excel in these categories and has the added appeal of being one of America's most authentic and culturally rich destinations.

"We're thrilled that AGU has selected New Orleans for Fall Meeting 2017 and intend to surpass its attendees' expectations of our city. We believe that no place inspires like New Orleans. From the music you hear as you walk through the streets, to the culinary excellence found in our restaurants that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. All of these experiences delight and inspire our visitors and citizens prompting innovation and creative thinking, and of course successful meetings," said Stephen Perry President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community from around the globe and across the spectrum of scientific disciplines. Subjects covered include hydrology, climate science, ocean research, space physics, planetary science, seismology, tectonophysics, volcanology, atmospheric science and Earth and space science informatics.

"The Convention Center is excited to be the host venue for the annual gathering of the world's geophysicists in 2017. AGU will join a long list of successful scientific meetings conducted at the Center where the attendees will experience exceptional hospitality that inspires substantive dialogue of very important topics," said Bob Johnson, General Manager for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Attendees range from students and academics to professionals in public and private sectors, as well as hundreds of exhibitors and vendors including equipment manufacturers and technology companies, to academic institutions and government agencies representing nearly 100 different countries.

The American Geophysical Union is dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs. AGU is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization representing nearly 60,000 members in 139 countries.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Chicago, Louisville, KY, Washington, D.C. and six foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates its 56th anniversary in 2016.

With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation, a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually, and one of the city's "Top Workplaces." A leading rainmaker of the city's hospitality industry, MCCNO event activity has produced $50.03 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $3.12 billion in new tax revenue. Now celebrating its 31st anniversary, the MCCNO has welcomed nearly 15 million visitors through its doors.