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GIS-Pro 2019: Registration & Venue

Venue  - Hilton Riverside

New Orleans:  Transportation and Attractions 

  • Including LaURISA suggestions and StoryMaps!


There is still time to register and attend GIS-Pro 2019!
Either register online with payment or download and complete the PDF form below and bring it with you to the conference with payment.  The GIS-Pro 2019 Conference Registration Desk will be located on the first floor of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Registration is open from 12:30-5:00 PM on Saturday and from 7:30 AM-5:00 PM on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday.

Registration options range from single day to full conference, with substantial discounts for full-time students, young professional members (35 or younger) and members of URISA.

  •  Full Registration includes attendance at one full or half-day workshop on Sunday (normally an additional $200 fee). Register today as some of the workshops are already at or nearing capacity!
  • Full Registration also includes access to all educational sessions, proceedings, Monday awards luncheon and networking reception, Tuesday breakfast, Exhibit Hall, and evening social events.
  • The best value for registration is for URISA members who are staying at the conference hotel or who reside locally. Significant discounts are offered to URISA members. 
  • All participants must read and abide by the URISA Event Code of Conduct to promote a respectful experience for all.
  • We know it can be challenging to gain approval to attend training and conferences. But we also know that organizations that invest in their employees' professional development benefit from  better retention and improved operations from knowledge gained.

Registration Fee Table (after September 23 or Onsite)


Note that all registrations must be paid in full before you receive your name badge and registration materials onsite.  

Cancellation & Refund Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing at URISA Headquarters on or before August 31 in order to receive a refund, less a $100 processing fee (a $25 fee for cancelled workshop registrations). No refunds after August 31, 2019.


 IMPORTANT UPDATE (Sept 11, 2019): We had a childcare room and a dependable childcare service provider set up for the conference and unfortunately 4 of the 5 parents let us know this week that they are not bringing their children (which probably makes a lot of grandparents happy), so we will NOT have a childcare room this year.

Ehva (pictured to the right) will still be joining us and her mom is working directly with the childcare service provider to come to the hotel and watch Ehva while her mom is presenting and attending sessions. So we do have an option, if you still want to bring your little GIS professional to New Orleans! 

Email Wendy for more information.


Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Events will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 USA). It's all about location in New Orleans and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside places you at the center of it all. Nestled against the banks of the Mississippi, guests can watch the ships come sailing in or dive into the city life just steps away. Grab a beignet, listen to live jazz, ride a streetcar, or hop into a parade, you never know what you’ll experience in the vibrant culture and excitement of New Orleans just outside our front door. Make it a trip to remember!

Good to know:

  • Downtown New Orleans hotel in the Warehouse and Arts District
  • Walking distance to the French Quarter and Jackson Square
  • Contemporary and comfortable guest rooms and suites
  • Amazing downtown or Mississippi River views 
  • Drago's Restaurant, Riverblends Café, Spirits Bar and Public Belt
  • Shop the Outlet Collection, attached to the hotel

URISA negotiated an amazingly affordable $179 single/double occupancy room rate at the Hilton for GIS-Pro 2019, including wifi access.  The group rate will be available until August 27 or until the room block is depleted.  

ROOM AVAILABILITY UPDATE: Due to the high demand for the GIS-Pro 2019 Conference, the hotel has sold out of the negotiated rate of $179. At this time you may book a Deluxe Room for just $189 per night. This upgraded room offers you spectacular views of the city! Be sure to book quickly and secure your room today!

(Sorry, but the government block also sold out some time ago.)

Please note:

  • Reserve your room first as your Hotel reservation number is required to receive the registration best value rate. 
  • The hotel rates shown above are final.  If you happen to receive an email or phone call from an outside organization about booking hotel rooms for GIS-Pro 2019, it is a SCAM. Please do not give your credit card information or make any reservations with any other housing bureau or convention housing appearing to represent URISA . These companies, often based out of Las Vegas go by names such as Exposition Housing, Expo Housing Group, Convention Housing, appear to offer lower rates for hotel rooms and are a scam. Do not respond. Rooms for the conference are only available through the Reservations Link above.  

Getting to New Orleans:

Fly: There are plenty of flights into New Orleans (MSY)! Airlines operating out of the Louis Armstrong International Airport include: Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, PeoplExpress, Southwest, Spirit, United, U.S. Airways and VacationExpress.

Discounted Airport Shuttle for GIS-Pro 2019 attendees: Airport Shuttle, Inc. is the official ground transportation for Louis Armstrong International Airport, with service to and from New Orleans' hotels and other designated locations. Round Trip $40 per person | One Way $20 per person 

Amtrak: Take a train to the conference! The City of New Orleans train runs from Memphis and Chicago, while the Crescent runs from Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York. The Sunset Limited runs from Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson and Los Angeles.

About New Orleans


Photos courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Meetings in New Orleans, like everything else in this city, stay with you long after you’ve unpacked your conference materials. More than just meetings, they can be game-changing gatherings that inspire free-flowing ideas and forge deep connections. 

At the next industry event you attend after coming here, you’ll find yourself telling the person beside you in the buffet line, “One time, in New Orleans …” And, chances are, they’ll counter back with their own New Orleans story – a tale of energetic collaboration, constructive disruption and reinvention of previously held norms.

We know how to get things rollin’ on the river. Recent innovation and a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem have earned the city the nickname, the Silicon Bayou. Plus, Inc.com has named us the "Coolest Start-up City in America,” and Forbes.com says we’re the No. 1 "biggest brain magnet.” Between the world-class food and electrifying music, we get down to business.


Photos courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Here you don’t just get lanyards at the registration table – you get Mardi Gras beads. Meet and greets have a musical beat. Our culture is real and as rich as our andouille and crab gumbo.

Between sessions, put on your comfortable shoes and get ready to hit our cobble-stoned streets running. Get your fill of James Beard award-winning cuisine. Soak up our art, architecture and music. After the sun goes down, you can network into the night on Bourbon or Frenchmen streets. In this city, we get down to business then we get down. And don’t hesitate if your spouse or roommate wants to come along for the trip. It’s New Orleans. Like a po-boy, this city is better shared - and everyone is company when they're here.

Learn more about this memorable city!

Make your list for #GISPro2019: New Orleans Bucket List Foods  

Hidden French Quarter (Atlas Obscura)


Photos courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Story Maps 

Created by our fine hosts from Louisiana URISA!

Exploring New Orleans on foot and bike - Esri Story Map by Allen Carroll, Esri (founder of Story Maps)

Take a Tour - 20% Discount!

Unique NOLA Tours is offering GIS-Pro attendees a 20% discount!  They have five tours at various times of day to suit various schedules. Their most popular tours are the Sinister Criminal Intentions, Lewd Spirits (for adults), and a Family Friendly Ghost Tour for all ages.

Daily schedule (all times US Central):

  • St Louis #1 Cemetery Tour: 10am
  • Garden District Tour with Cemetery: 10am
  • Kid-friendly Ghost Tour: 5pm
  • Sinister Criminal Intentions: The Original True Crime Tour: 5pm + 7pm
  • Lewd Spirits Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour: 8pm

Book with the discount code (URISA19) and find out more information at: https://uniquenola.com/

(Or call directly to book at 504-777-7769)

Walks is also offering a discount to GIS-Pro 2019 attendees. See the best of New Orleans in a day or take an in-depth tour of the gorgeous Garden District, our most popular New Orleans tours take you behind the scenes at Mardi Gras, through the fabulous French Quarter and even beyond the grave at a haunted house!

Book with the discount code (GISPRO25) and find out more information at:  https://www.takewalks.com/new-orleans-tours/  

Detailed GIS-Pro 2019 Conference Agenda 

Exhibit & Sponsor Details 


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