Guest Program


Preliminary Guest Program

Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day)

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration – Lafitte Foyer

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration & Welcome Reception (on site) – Garden Courtyard (weather permitting) Weather Backup – Atrium Courtyard


Tuesday, Oct. 15

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration – Lafitte Foyer

10:00A - 12:30 p.m. New Orleans School of Cooking
A short walk from the hotel in the heart of the French Quarter
An interactive fun way to learn about cooking NOLA style! 3 Course meal prepared for the audience.

2:00 - 4:00P Mardi Gras World Tour & Mask Making
Tour the facility where the Mardi Gras magic is made!
Create your own mask after the tour. Transportation Provided

6:00 p.m. President’s Reception – Arnaud’s Featuring LT Governor Billy Nungesser, Invited Conference Chair Bobby Landry, Port of New Orleans COO


Wednesday, Oct. 16
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration – Lafitte Foyer

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast –Lafitte Rooms  

11:45A - 1:45P Victory Belles Musical Show “Songs That Won the War” and Lunch at the Stage Door Canteen

National WWII Museum Learn more HERE

3:00P - 4:00P (tentative time) Cabildo Tour
Tour this historic museum in Jackson Square next to the St. Louis Cathedral. The site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in 1803 and one of Louisiana’s most significant historical buildings. Learn more HERE. A short walk from the hotel.

5:30 p.m. Bus Pick up

6:00 p.m. Reception & Dinner - Port of New Orleans Welcome Remarks from Conference Chair, Bobby Landry, COO Port of New Orleans


Thursday, Oct. 17
7:30 – 12:00 a.m. Registration – Lafitte Foyer

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast –Lafitte Rooms

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Painting with a Twist at the Hyatt Centric conference space 
Create your own New Orleans masterpiece to take home!

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker THe honorable Mark H. Buzby (RADM USN, Retired), Maritime Administrator – Lafitte Rooms

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception – Garden Courtyard (weather backup – Lafitte Foyer)

7:00 – 10:30 p.m. Gala Dinner – Lafitte Rooms As of 03/26/2019