NEW ORLEANS (press release) – NOLA Hospitality Safe is partnering with several local organizations to host their inaugural launch event on Nov. 20.  A panel of local experts will discuss the SAFE program as it relates to keeping the New Orleans community healthy, which will keep our economy on the right track to reopening. The panel of speakers will include Walt Leger III, SVP of Strategic Affairs and General Counsel at New Orleans & Company; Jeanette Weiland, Vice President of Bio, Innovation, & Special Projects at the New Orleans Business Alliance; Dr. Katherine Baumgarten, Ochsner’s Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will also speak and discuss the importance of tourism and the return of events.

The panel of speakers will discuss the commitment to SAFE reopening, and how a commitment to health and safety guidelines is a commitment to economic recovery. They will also review the benefits of different industries partnering and supporting each other in their respective reopening missions. Lastly, they will outline the importance of a safe and consistent reopening for the New Orleans economy and workforce, as it relates to the return of citywide business, festivals, professional and college sports, and other major events, with a goal of setting a benchmark for safe and effective reopening across the US.

We’re excited to bring the hospitality community together through the NOLA Hospitality Safe coalition.” said founder Joey Worley. “A launch event with such knowledgeable panelists across healthcare, hospitality, tourism, and economic development is the perfect way to get our message out while discussing the safe return of live events. Ultimately, the safe return of business and group travel to New Orleans will depend on confidence in our industry to be able to safely host and execute events.”

Tickets for the event cost $25 and may be purchased here. Event time is 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. There is a limited amount of tickets available for the in-person event and unlimited tickets available to attend virtually. Registration closes on Tuesday, November 17th at 12 p.m.