MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019
7:00am - 10:00am
A representative of Big Easy Tours will be in the Companion Room for those who would like assistance booking tours.
Come and see what the Big Easy has in store for you!
Welcome to New Orleans!
Let the Good Times Roll!
JOIN US FOR OUR SCHEDULED TOUR AT THE NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING AND CONSIDER ALL OUR A LA CARTE TOUR CHOICES BELOW!
JOIN OUR TOUR: A FOCUS ON NEW ORLEANS CUISINE!
With our focus on New Orleans cuisine, learn some of the history of the great food served here.
Date: Tuesday, July 23rd - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
New Orleans School of Cooking – Have a great time enjoying a cooking demonstration by skilled, entertaining chefs who will prepare you a classic Cajun/Creole meal while you learn about the vibrant history of New Orleans cuisine in the famous French Quarter. The EMC Symposium is offering a group opportunity for learning about the fun, food and folklore of the French Quarters of New Orleans. Watch expert chefs prepare your lunch, New Orleans style. This is a cuisine demonstration class just for EMC Companions. Come enjoy lunch in the famous French Quarter! The New Orleans School of Cooking is within walking distance from the hotel. Guests will receive recipe cards with all the food demonstrated!
Please meet at the Companion Room (29th Floor Lounge at Hilton New Orleans Riverside) by 9:30 am sharp.
Note: Please let us know of any dietary restriction no later than July 8th. There will be a $5.00 surcharge for dietary restrictions.
TOUR THE EXCITING NASA STENNIS SPACE CENTER in Pearlington, Mississippi
Date: Friday, July 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A short forty-five minute drive from the New Orleans Convention Center is INFINITY Science Center, a state-of-the-art science and space educational facility and visitor center. A pre-registration gets you a spot on not just a bus trip there, but also a reserved guided bus tour of Stennis Space Center itself, a 14,000 acre restricted research facility that houses America’s largest rocket engine test facility. This facility has a rich history – it was built in the 1960’s to test the historic Saturn V engines that took humanity to the moon – and in the modern day it is the home of a vast array of federal, state, and educational agencies, including the largest concentration of oceanographers in the entire world.
The Stennis tour is scheduled for Friday, July 26, 2019. The tour is limited to 55 people at a cost of $40 Regular per person after June 19 and is available on first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to the reserved guided bus tour, participants will be able to enjoy a self-guided tour of the visitor center and eat lunch at the cafeteria (lunch not included in the price).
The bus will depart from the New Orleans Convention Center Hub, outside Hall G, promptly at 9:30 am, with bus loading to start 9:00 am. Be sure you are on time as there are no refunds if you arrive late and miss the bus. The bus will return to the New Orleans Convention Center Hub, Hall G entrance at approximately 3:00 pm. Note that the guided bus tour is available for those on the bus ONLY; you cannot drive a private vehicle to the Stennis Space Center to take this special tour. However, INFINITY Science Center self-guided tours are open to walk-ins.
IMPORTANT SECURITY REGULATIONS
- Individual guests older than 18 must present a valid photo ID; those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Non-US citizens must present a valid passport from their country of origin, or a permanent residence card, if applicable.
- Backpacks and large bags are NOT PERMITTED; all other bags are subject to search.
TOUR A LA CARTE:
This year, the EMC+SIPI Symposium is trying something new for Companions and their friends: Tours a-la-carte!
We have contacted Hospitality Enterprises (bigeasy.com) for you to set up your own tours of New Orleans and the surrounding area! Go online and select your own tours! You can do the walking tours of the French Quarter, the Garden District or the famous New Orleans cemetery.
Besides the tours mentioned here, many other options are available with Big Easy Tours.
If you’d rather go by boat, there are two river cruises that tell about the history of New Orleans on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Enjoy a Jazz Dinner Cruise OR a Historic Cruise that provides a river front tour of New Orleans with a visit to the 1812 Battle of New Orleans Battlefield. The Historic Cruise is offered twice a day so you can pick a morning or afternoon tour, with or without lunch included.
Did you enjoy the famous movie “Gone with the Wind”? Then go on a Plantation Tour – there are three to choose from, with the Laura and Oak Alley plantations being the most popular. Experience a historic period of American culture, discover fascinating facts and hear rich stories about life in the Southern States during the 1860s.
The benefit of a-la-carte is that you get to pick the tours that you want, when you want them! Enjoy New Orleans your style! A big Easy Tours representative will be available Monday from 7:00am - 10:00am in the Companion Suite and information will be available at the Registration Desk.
Also, keep in mind that the National WWII Museum is just a short walk from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel and is a huge attraction.