As you begin to plan for the conference, there are a few things you need to take into consideration regarding getting around. Having checked into various methods to get from the airport to the Astor Crowne Plaza, taxis and shuttle services tend to be expensive. Therefore, we have teamed up with Motion Transportation LLC to get you to and from the conference. In addition to great rates, you will have no waiting period. A chauffer will be at the airport 15 minutes prior to your arrival and will leave within 15 minutes of arriving. On your departure date, clients will be picked up two hours prior to departure at the Astor Crowne Plaza.
A licensed, professional and uniformed chauffer will pick up all passengers in the baggage claim area holding a sign as shown below with the PMI logo and stating "Shuttle Service." You will then be escorted to the parking area in Short Term Parking adjacent to the New Orleans Airport. It is necessary to book this transportation in advance, so you can do that by clicking onto the following link, www.motiontransportation.com, and to the left click on “Contact Us/Book It.” (NOTE: Gratuity is typically 20%.)
With one-way fares as little as $1.25, the New Orleans Street Cars are an excellent means of transportation. There are three lines, the Riverfront, St. Charles and Canal St. Lines. With the conference hotel, Astor Crowne Plaza, on the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets, there will be a streetcar waiting for you just a few steps from the lobby. For more information, here is the Streetcar website.
WALKING IN THE FRENCH QUARTER
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The French Quarter is the crown jewel of New Orleans, and as such is heavily patrolled and protected 24 hours a day by the New Orleans Police Department. While crime is very low in the neighborhood, common sense is a necessity when traveling in any large and unfamiliar city. Be sure to carry a map of the area to avoid wandering off of the beaten path, and use extra care at night to stay where people are. If a block seems a little too quiet, turn back onto one of the main streets of Bourbon, Royal, Chartres or Decatur. Streets are cobblestone, so it’s suggested you bring comfortable footwear.