About New Orleans

New Orleans is a place like none other in the world.

From its world-famous food and music to its storied streetcars and steamboats, New Orleans is a city brimming with history, personality, and a culture that is distinctly—and uniquely—its own. Founded in 1718, New Orleans was named after Philippe d’Orleans, who was Duke of Orleans and Regent of France at the time. Throughout the eighteenth century, France and Spain alternately ruled New Orleans, each imbuing the city with distinct characteristics—traits that still define New Orleans today. New Orleans became a part of the United States in 1803, when Napoleon Bonaparte sold the city to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

The city’s unique history is exhibited in its legendary food; amazing music scene; grand avenues, homes, and gardens; and irrepressible spirit. But it is a modern metropolis, too. It continues to rise in national and international stature, as an increasing number of people and companies come from all over the globe to visit and conduct business in New Orleans.

Recently ranked number one in digital media, workforce training, and economic growth potential, the state of Louisiana has one of the best business climates in America and is leading the way in job growth, especially in the technology sector.

New Orleans beckons visitors from around the globe, and we hope you take advantage of all this great city has to offer during IIFA 2013. For more information, visit

Traveling to the United States

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