New Orleans, Louisiana
July 9-15, 2017
Mark your calendar now for the 2017 Convention/Vacation of Catholic Alumni Clubs International (CACI) scheduled for Sunday, July 9 to Saturday, July 15 in spectacular New Orleans. The city, which attracts more than 10 million visitors annually, has long been on CACI's "radar" as a site for our annual national gathering. We will be staying at the four-diamond Loews New Orleans Hotel located downtown and within walking distance of the famed French Quarter and the Mississippi riverfront. The 21-story, 285 -room hotel includes fine restaurants, a heated indoor pool, a spa, a sauna and an exercise room as well as other first- class amenities.
A comprehensive array of special tours will be available for CACers on comfortable air-conditioned busses. They will include a three-hour citywide introduction to the past, present, and future of New Orleans, including a stroll through one of the city's famous above-ground cemeteries and a look at the city's unique neighborhoods. Another tour will feature seven famous churches and sanctuaries in the city, including St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States. And the city's Garden District will feature some of the magnificent early 1800's homes with their lush gardens, where prior to the Civil War 60 percent of the nation's millionaires resided. For the adventuresome, a tour in a covered flat -bottomed boat through the beauty and serenity of Louisiana might also be available. A guided walking tour of the French Quarter with its many historic sites is also planned. Plans also call for a cruise and dinner one evening on a Mississippi River paddlewheel boat.
CACers will also be able to explore the city on their own. A city trolley stop is located near the hotel. Across the street from the hotel, one of the famous Red Top tour busses can be boarded that will take you to at least 16 tourist sites in the city with off-and-on boarding for just one price for three days. For those who feel lucky, the Harrah's Casino is located across from the hotel. Many unique shopping adventures are within walking distance of our conveniently located hotel.
The convention will also feature hotel dinners, breakfasts, special liturgies, and interesting speakers. Pre- and Post- Convention tours are also being considered.
The airport in New Orleans, the Louis Armstrong International Airport, is served by 15 different airlines with non- stop flights to more than 45 destinations. Amtrak rail service uses the Union Passenger Terminal. Request your 150-page 2016 New Orleans Visitors Guide and Maps at "followyournola.com". Also visit "Facebook.com/NewOrleans" and YouTube at "GoNOLATV".
Additional information will be available soon. For questions, contact convention co-chairs Don Luebbering or Jim Stammerman.