Convergence 2013 in New Orleans – An Insider’s Guide

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AIM Technologies, a Louisiana Microsoft Dynamics ERP Gold Partner, is a company that grew up in and around New Orleans. As such, we’re thrilled to welcome Convergence back to our area. We’d like to share a few tips about the area and the event, especially for those on their first trip to the Big Easy.

What to Do

The city is still recovering from Mardi Gras which wrapped up on February 12, but we’re already gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day parades. If you are in town on Sunday, March 17th, there are several to choose from. Also, if you are interested in seeing our local flora and fauna, there are some great Swamp Tours with round-trip transportation from the convention center area. Of course, the French Quarter, The Aquarium of the Americas, and The Riverwalk are within walking distance of the convention center too.  You could also hop on the Street Cars for a relaxing trip through the French Quarter to points along the Riverfront, St. Charles Avenue, and Canal Street. One-way fares are $1.25 and can be paid with exact change when you board. Check out the Convention and Visitors Bureau website for even more to do.

What to Eat

New Orleans is the melting pot of a variety of wonderful cuisines and there is no shortage of fat and calories. Don’t attempt to diet while you’re here. Luckily, we’re in the middle of Crawfish season and crawfish is low in fat and contains a high proportion of omega-3 fatty acids.

What to Pack

In March, Louisiana is generally sweater weather. It’s cool at night, but don’t be surprised if it gets warm enough during the day for shorts! The Morial Convention Center is long – 1 kilometer long! Wear comfortable walking shoes. If history is any indication, you will make several trips the length of the building each day. Bourbon Street is cleaner than ever these days, but speaking from experience, it is no place for flip-flops or open-toe shoes.  Also, we had a very mild winter, so everything is already in bloom. While this means that the Azaleas will be camera worthy, you might also want to pack antihistamines.

Staying Safe

Travel in groups and stay in well-traveled areas. New Orleans is like every major metropolitan city in that it has areas where you should not wander alone, especially at night.


By AIM Technologies, New Orleans Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM Partner

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