General Information

SSR provides this information as a courtesy to meeting attendees. SSR does not represent that this information is complete and makes no claim regarding the performance or suitability of these services, nor assumes any liability.

Alcohol Laws

While the legal drinking age in New Orleans is 21, bring your ID to bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, no matter how old you are. Alcohol is available 24/7 and bars can stay open all night. You’re allowed to drink on the streets, but glasses and bottles are prohibited. (Ask for a “go cup” before you leave.) Although the good times roll in New Orleans, public intoxication and disorderly conduct are not tolerated, nor is drinking and driving, driving while under the influence, or carrying open containers of alcohol in your car.

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be turned off or silenced during presentations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Currency Exchange

Along with some local banks, currency exchange service is available at Armstrong International Airport at TRAVELEX AMERICA in the Concourse D Lobby. Customers may also request currency exchange service at the Whitney Bank on the Mezzanine Level above Concourse C. Learn more. Additionally, Bank ATMs are prevalent throughout New Orleans should you wish to use your bank card or credit card.

Climate (Average Temp. in New Orleans)

Month

High °C

High °F

Low °C

Low °F

July

33

91

24

75

Emergencies

For police, fire, or ambulance, dial 911 (the call is free).

Insurance

Personal liability insurance is the responsibility of each individual meeting participant. Participants should have their own medical coverage.

Internet

Free wireless internet is available in all guest rooms.

Medical Services*

*This information is provided as a courtesy to meeting attendees; SSR makes no claim regarding the quality of these services, nor assumes any liability.

For medical emergencies, dial 911. 

Touro Infirmary (2.8 miles from Hotel)
1404 Foucher St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
504-897-7011, http://www.touro.com/ 

Tulane University Hospital and Clinic (1.2 miles from Hotel)
1415 Tulane Ave. New Orleans, LA 70112
504-988-5800, http://www.tuhc.com/  

Phone Calls

Mobile phone and texting service in New Orleans is good (all the larger carriers provide excellent coverage), but you may want to consider buying an inexpensive, no-contract phone locally. Make sure to compare sign-on offers, roaming and data use charges, usage requirements, and limitations. Of course, if you have Internet service, you can make free international calls or your devices with Skype, Viber and Vonage. International calling cards are also an option.

Photography and Video

Photographs or video of posters or other presentations is not permitted by anyone other than approved SSR staff.

Plug Adapters

The United States uses 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles). Chances are you’ll need an American plug adapter to power and charge your phone, tablet, laptop, camera, razor, electric toothbrush and other electronics while in New Orleans. Universal plug adapters that work in more than 150 countries are available online.

Press Relations and News Coverage

The Society encourages news coverage of the meeting and will assist participants and the media in reporting current research discoveries in the reproductive sciences. Prior to the meeting, questions should be addressed to the SSR Business Office (info@ssr.org; 608-256-2777).
Journalists must check-in at the SSR Registration Desk and present their credentials to receive a press pass.​

Sales Tax

The combined sales tax rate for New Orleans, LA is 10%. This is the total of state, county and city sales tax rates. The Louisiana state sales tax rate is currently 5%. The Jefferson Parish sales tax rate is 5%. New Orleans sales tax rate is 0%.

Shopping

New Orleans shopping -- from the French Quarter all the way Uptown to Magazine Street -- offers an array of retail choices. Options include The Shops at Canal Place, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jax Brewery, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, as well as hundreds of boutiques, art galleries and antique stores along Magazine & Royal Streets and elsewhere throughout the city. Tax-free shopping offers international visitors even more reasons to experience New Orleans. For more information on Louisiana tax-free shopping, please visit www.louisianataxfree.com.​

Smoking Ordinance

Like almost 700 cities in America, New Orleans has gone smoke-free. The City’s comprehensive smoking ordinance goes above and beyond state law to include restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in locations such as bars, casinos, hotel rooms, and even some outside areas. Learn more.

Special Needs

To ensure that all attendees are able to participate in the meeting, SSR will do its best to accommodate any attendee who needs assistance. Please contact the SSR Business Office (info@ssr.org; 608-256-2777) prior to the meeting if you require special dietary or physical accommodations at the meeting, or if you require assistance getting to or from sessions/events.

Time Zone

New Orleans is in the Central Time Zone (CST), which is 6 hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.

Transportation

See the 2018 Travel and Transportation page.

U.S. Customs

For details and information on what you’re allowed to bring home, consult your home country’s customs services agency. In the U.S., direct questions to www.cbp.gov or call 877-227-5511.

Consulates
All embassies are in Washington, D.C. For consulates in New Orleans, click here.

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