New Orleans 2005 Annual Meeting

SAA’s 69th Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
August 14–21, 2005
Hilton New Orleans Riverside


Getting to New Orleans

The official airline carrier selected to assist travelers to New Orleans 2005 is American Airlines. To receive the special discount for travel, provide the reference number and schedule your travel between August 12 and 24, 2005.

American Airlines
Reference A9885AG

Alternative schedules and lower fares may be found with other airline carriers, such as:

Southwest Airlines

Delta Airlines


You may also contact SAA’s official travel agent for assistance in arranging your air travel:

Phil Marks
Travel Too

By Air

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport ( is located 20 minutes (west) from downtown New Orleans. From the airport, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel is readily accessible by shuttle, taxi, limousine, and automobile.


The Airport Shuttle is the official ground transportation for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Transportation from the Airport to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel is $13 per person one way or $25 round-trip. SAA Annual Meeting attendees who make an advance reservation online at are eligible to receive $2 off the round-trip fare. In addition, you’ll receive your ticket via email and can then proceed directly to the shuttle, bypassing any possible lines at the airport. Attendees may also call to request shuttle service in advance (regular prices will apply):

  • Airport Shuttle, Inc: 866-596-2699 or 504-522-3500
  • Click Here to Receive the Discounted Rate

Taxis and Limousines

New Orleans taxis and limousines are available at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport terminals 24 hours a day. A taxi for the 20-minute ride to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel costs about $28. Taxi and limousine companies include:

  • United Cab: 504-248-3669
  • A Confidential Transportation: 504-897-3000

By Car

New Orleans’ streets are congested in the downtown French Quarter district and parking is often difficult. (Parking at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel is currently $22/day for self-parking and $27/day for valet parking.) The Hilton Riverside is located adjacent to the French Quarter and walking is the most pleasurable way to get around. There are an abundance of art galleries, fine restaurants, eclectic shops, and entertainment venues within walking distance of the headquarters hotel. Connected to the hotel is the Riverside Mall, which includes a variety of options for a quick bite or shopping during lunch or after meetings.

Getting Around New Orleans

Public transportation is an excellent way to get around New Orleans. Most taxi rides are under $10 to most attractions. For those who want a taste of history while they travel the streets of New Orleans, take a ride on one of the oldest continuously running streetcar lines in the United States. Declared a moving national historic landmark, the authentic streetcars were built in the 1920s and allow riders to explore the beautiful Louisiana Garden District and other sites. The streetcars travel more than 13 miles from downtown Canal Street, through the Garden District, past Loyola and Tulane Universities and Audubon Park.

The Canal and St. Charles streetcars run 24 hours per day. Riders may board any streetcar from a designated trolley stop and pay $1.25 per ride or $5 for a one-day VisiTour Pass with unlimited rides. To purchase a $12 three-day VisiTour Pass with unlimited rides, riders must purchase passes at the Riverwalk station or other select locations. A one-day VisiTour Pass may be purchased at the hotel concierge desk.

For more information: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority 540-249-9300 (

For local information and attractions, search or Some suggestions for sightseeing in the Crescent City:

  • Louisiana State Museum on Chartres Street
  • The National D-Day Museum on Magazine Street.
  • New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park (Mid City)
  • Warehouse District along Tchoupitoulas and Magazine Streets
  • Garden District along St. Charles Avenue, with its grand mansions and Tulane and Loyola Universities
  • Café du Monde for beignets and coffee, and St. Louis Cathedral—both in the heart of the French Quarter on Decatur and St. Louis Streets