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Preregistration is now CLOSED!

Please register ON-SITE at the TLPA registration desk located in the

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans hotel on Sunday, May 6.

New Orleans Welcomes the TLPA!
May 6-8, 2012

Join TLPA President Mary Smarelli for the 2012 Spring Conference and Expo in "the most fun and authentic city in America, New Orleans, LA"! We will convene at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans, located on Canal Street, where President Smarelli will direct our focus to the most current issues and information affecting our industry.

Why New Orleans / French Quarter?

"The original settlement of New Orleans, called Vieux Carré, French Quarter or simply The Quarter, is the oldest neighborhood in the city. Established by the French in 1718, the location was, and is still, a valuable site for trade due to its strategic position along the Mississippi River.The district as a whole, bound by Canal Street, Decatur Street, Esplanade Avenue and Rampart Street, is a National Historic Landmark. The French Quarter boasts a storied history of international influence with cultural contributions from the French, Spanish, Italians, Sicilians, Africans, Irish and others, all evident in the development of this global port settlement.

So much of what makes New Orleans unique is captured in the melting pot atmosphere of the French Quarter, from the raucous party atmosphere of Bourbon Street to the bohemian elegance of Royal. It is a neighborhood full of surprises and magic.

What is even more exciting about this year's conference destination is the fact that the New Orleans Jazz Fest will be taking place from April 27-May 6. So, there's no better way to kick off your attendance to the Spring Conference & Expo! For information about the Jazz Festival, visit Note the TLPA will have a limited number of rooms in the room block for those who would like to arrive earlier than May 6. Scroll down to the hotel information section for more details.

The host hotel for the TLPA Spring Conference & Expo will be the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans, a premier hotel located in the French Quarter in the city's major business and entertainment districts, offering you access to all that the French Quarter has to offer within walking distance.

So, this is your chance to explore New Orleans as we meet for TLPA's 2012 Spring Conference & Expo! For more on what New Orleans has to offer, click here for the Official Visitors Guide. For some fast facts about New Orleans, visit the Frommers website.

The Conference

This year's conference will take place over three days, beginning on Sunday, May 6, through Tuesday, May 8. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., followed by the open committee meetings for the Taxicab Committee and the Paratransit & Contracting Committee. The first day of the conference & expo will end with the Opening Cocktail Reception in the Expo Hall from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Monday morning will begin with a Breakfast Buffet in the Expo Hall followed by the General Session, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. There will be a Buffet Luncheon in the Expo Hall with our exhibitors and at this time the Exhibits will re-open. The Women In Transportation Committee will begin at 1:30 p.m. Then the exhibits will close and three Concurrent Breakout Sessions, to include the Limousine Steering Committee Open Meeting will take place from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A Continental Breakfast and an Open Meeting of the TLPA Board of Directors will take place Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The board will discuss what course the association will take for the coming year including establishing the legislative agenda; reviewing the status of the strategic plan and propose future meeting site selections.

For a copy of the tentative agenda, click here.

The Expo

The Expo will open on Sunday, May 6, with a Cocktail Reception taking place from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the ballroom where the Expo will be held. We expect to fill the expo hall with vendors whose innovative products and services will benefit you! The Expo is designed to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which you will have the opportunity to network as you discuss new and old business, build new relationships and learn about products and services.

Again, the format of this year's expo hall will accommodate approximately 300 industry leaders who will come together for food & beverage functions such as the Opening Cocktail Reception, Buffet Breakfast, and the Buffet Lunch.

If your company has yet to exhibit at the Spring Expo, it's never too late! Exhibiting at this Expo is a good place to start. We urge you to sign up and watch your profits soar to new heights!

For the exhibitor prospectus and exhibiting information, click here.

Hotel Accommodations

The DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: (504) 581-1300
Fax: (504) 212-3141

With dozens of New Orleans attractions and hundreds of shopping venues only minutes away, the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans is a great choice for our visit to this great city. From jazz joints to riverboat rides, the caring and knowledgeable staff at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans can help with all of your sightseeing and transportation needs.

  • 364 spacious guest rooms with Sweet Dreams® by DoubleTree bedding and soothing bath collection by Neutrogena®.
  • Complimentary Wireless high-speed Internet available in TLPA guest rooms.
  • For breakfast on the go visit the Sweet Dreams Café, where they proudly serve Starbucks® coffees and have a variety of breakfast pastries and muffins. Dine at Lafitte's Restaurant and Lounge, featuring Cajun Creole cuisine. In-room dining is also available.
  • Take a dip in the fourth-floor terrace outdoor pool (seasonal) or exercise in the fitness room, featuring Precor® equipment. For a complete workout, Doubletree Hotel New Orleans guests may access the extensive Health Club by Hilton Riverside, offering indoor tennis courts, racquet ball and squash courts, as well as volleyball and basketball courts (discounted daily fees apply).
  • The complimentary 24-hour business center is equipped with computer workstations, copier and fax machine for your convenience.

TLPA's 2012 Spring Conference & Expo hotel rate is $145.00 for single or double occupancy.

TLPA's room block will expire on March 28, 2012, or whenever our block of rooms sells out, whichever happens first.Please call the hotel for availability and pricing of upgraded rooms and suites.

Please make your reservations on or before March 28, 2012 using the options below:

  1. By Phone: You can call DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans toll-free at (800) 222-TREE (8733) (U.S., Canada and International). Give the reservationist the group code, "TLP" when making your reservation.
  2. On-line: Click here to be directed to the TLPA Reservations page of the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans.

Cancellations must be made by 3:00 p.m. and 72 hours prior to arrival.
Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m.


New Orleans is served by two airports; the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) and Lakefront Airport (NEW).

To/From Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport:

Distance from hotel: 13 mi.
Drive time: 23 min.
Directions: I-10 East to New Orleans

Transportation to and from the Airport

TypeTypical Minimum Charge
Limousine50.00 USD
Super Shuttle28.00 USD
Taxi33.00 USD

To/From Lakefront Airport (NEW):

Distance from hotel: 10 mi.
Drive time: 15 min.
Directions: I-10 East to Dowman exit. Go to Lake and turn left at airport. Take service road.

Transportation to and from the Airport

TypeTypical Minimum Charge
Limousine75.00 USD
Taxi25.00 USD

(Source: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans)

Explore and Experience New Orleans!

Visit New Orleans's Official Visitors Site for more information.