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Better connections in New Orleans
MCCNO opens transportation centre
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) has opened its new transportation centre for buses, shuttles, taxis and ride shares. A significant investment was made to improve public safety and the convenience of residents, local commuters and event attendees by eliminating shuttles, taxis and ride-shares on the boulevard that fronts the centres. The Transportation Center is the most well-designed and functional transportation centre of any convention centres in the U.S., as expressed by planners who first used it recently, state MCCNO officials. "The AAO-HNSF conference attendees found the transportation centre's central location convenient, easy to navigate, and admired it's modern design," said Tami L. Rollins, director, global education, meetings, and strategic partnerships, AAO-HSNF. The AAO-HSNF (American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) Annual Meeting & OTO Experience was the first group to use the transportation centre, which attracted more than 9,000 otolaryngologist head and neck surgeons from more than 80 countries with more than 250 exhibiting companies. The construction of the transportation centre is part of a $557 million five-year modernisation plan. Negotiations are underway to develop a 1,200 room headquarters hotel connected to the centre that will be surrounded by a 39-acre mixed-use project with unique retail, dining and entertainment options. The next major milestone will be the opening of the Pedestrian Park, expected in late 2020. It will be a lushly landscaped park the length of the convention centre that will include communal gathering areas, public art, water features and outdoor event space.