By now, there aren’t many meeting planners who are not familiar with the formidable reputation New Orleans enjoys as a singular and spectacular destination for both meetings and incentive programs. And it is particularly popular with insurance and financial planners — so much so that FICP will come to town again this year when it hosts an educational conference there this summer.
The primary reasons why the Crescent City is so wildly popular are its people and hospitality, says Emily Coia, conference director at Metairie, LA-based Jefferson Financial, which has been hosting its annual New Orleans Investment Conference for about 1,000 attendees there each October for 40 years.
“New Orleans is a unique city,” Coia says. “When you’re there, you just know you’re in a place that’s not like any other city. It feels totally unique because it is.” And playing major roles in that uniqueness equation are the city’s legendary local food and music scenes.