About New Orleans

Founded in by the French in 1718, ruled by the Spanish for 40 years and bought by the United States in 1803, New Orleans was the chief city of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico’s busiest northern port. New Orleans was the third largest city and the richest city in United States during the first half of 19th century. Popular for its Mardi Gras festivities, New Orleans is also the birth place of Jazz.

Although dubbed the Big Easy, this was no easy city to live in, nor keep possession of. The people of New Orleans have suffered epidemics of yellow fever and cholera, slavery, floods, hurricanes, Civil War, Indian wars, conspiracies, racial riots, revolutions and humidity. Maybe because of that, New Orleans is today the most European of American cities, a festive place, rich in history, culture and atmosphere.


Airport: New Orleans is served by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) which is 11 miles west of downtown New Orleans. The airport is served my major legacy airlines through their hubs such as American Airlines in Dallas (DFW) and Miami (MIA), Delta Airlines in Atlanta (ATL) and United Airlines in Houston (IAH). Flat rates from the airport are $33.00 for up to 2 passengers and $14.00 per passenger for 3 people and up. The airport is also serviced by shuttles to hotels and other locations for $24.00 per person. Public transportation is also provided by Jefferson Transit (JET) through Airport-Downtown Express (E2) Bus for a fare of $2.00.  The Regional Transit Authority also runs an Airport Express (202) between New Orleans and departure terminal at the Airport.

Taxicab: The base fare for a taxi ride within the city costs $3.50 plus $2.00 per mile or 25 cents per every 40 seconds of waiting time. There is also a fare of $1.00 per additional customer.

Public Bus: The public transportation within the city of New Orleans is provided by Regional Transport Authority (RTA) and to the suburbs by Jefferson Transit (JET). The base fare for a bus or street car is $1.25. Transfers cost 25 cents each and are good for two hours on any bus or street car that continues the trip. RTA also provides Jazzy Pass that lets the user ride RTA bus or streetcar for the period the pass is active without a ticket. The Jazzy Pass can be purchased for 1 day, 3 days or 31 days for $3, $9 and $55 respectively. RTA also provides a mobile app, RTA gomobile to buy tickets or Jazzy Passes online and plan travel in New Orleans.

Streetcar: New Orleans has four active streetcar lines with oldest continuously operating streetcar line in United States.

Visa Information

Please check that you have a valid PASSPORT and that you obtain a VISA, if necessary. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when they meet all requirements. Travelers must be eligible to use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. If you are eligible to travel on the VWP, but prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.

B1 visas are issued to business visitors who wish to enter the U.S. for a temporary period to engage in legitimate business activities, such as meetings, conferences, negotiating contracts and consultations. B1 visa holders may not work in the U.S. and may not be paid from a U.S. source. Please check the specific documentation requirements at the U.S. embassy, consulate or representation in your area.

For detailed Visa information, please see: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visitor.html


If the embassy strictly requires an invitation letter from the organization, please send an email to Tara Rodrigue (trodr2@lsuhsc.edu). Text of the standard letter includes:

  1. Your full name as it appears on your passport
  2. Your current postal mailing address
  3. That you wish to attend ICDM 2017
  4. Attendee’s registration confirmation number Registration Information
  5. If you have had a accepted paper, the title of your paper and whether you are a "co-author" or "sole author"

*Email subject: [ICDM-2017 Travel Letter] Name, Affiliation


More Information
Brief presentation about ICDM 2017 and New Orleans is at: ICDM 2017 Presented at ICDM 2016
More New Orleans guides: ICDM 2017 New Orleans microsite