ILC to host 2020 event in New Orleans
ILC to host 2020 event in New Orleans
06 DECEMBER 2019 10:05 AM

INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020 will take place on 13-14 January 2020 in New Orleans’ dynamic Marigny Neighborhood and in the Warehouse District.

December 5, 2019 – The Independent Lodging Congress has announced that registration is open for the organization’s first event in New Orleans, INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020. Taking place on January 13 & 14, 2020 in New Orleans’ dynamic Marigny Neighborhood and in the Warehouse District. INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020 will connect creative provocateurs and disruptors from the worlds of hotels, food & beverage, design, and finance. With topics ranging from challenges of development in a historic city to the tantalizing New Orleans food & beverage scene, INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020 will inspire and ignite strategic ideation for the next generation of independent hotel owners and operators.

Confirmed speakers for this year’s event include to date Zach Kupperman, Founder & CEO of Kupperman Companies; Robert LeBlanc, Founder & CEO of LeBLANC+SMITH; Nina Compton, Chef-Owner of Compere Lapin; Damon Lawrence, CEO of Homage Hospitality; Meriem Soliman, General Counsel at Ace Hotels; Ti Martin, Founder & Co-Proprietor of The Commander’s Family of Restaurants; Bashar Wali, President & CEO of Provenance Hotels; Nathalie Jordi, Co-Owner of Hotel Peter & Paul; Alejandra Guzman, VP, Performance Management & Strategy at New Orleans Business Alliance; Stacy Dejan, Head of Real Estate at Sonder New Orleans; Justin Fields, SVP – Restaurants, Bars & Retail at Makeready, and Ted Hunter, Partner at Lowenstein Sandler.

“Our Annual Confabs are all about taking a dive and exploring the hospitality scene in various cities,” said Andrew Benioff, Founder & Chairman of the Independent Lodging Congress. We chose New Orleans because of its interesting community, culture and stew of people. The city is experiencing a huge boost in international tourism and development of independent hospitality projects. It’s the place to be.”

What is unique to the event is an integrated Immersive Experience on January 13TH which will take All Access attendees out of their seats and into the city for a curated experience to explore themes discussed on panels first hand. New Orleans is a city heavily focused on preservation – in both the cultural and historical context. The Immersive Experience will take attendees to the Marigny neighborhood with educational sessions at locations like Hotel Peter & Paul and local art warehouse StudioBE.

INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020 (with the main sessions taking place at the Ace Hotel in the Warehouse District) will offer attendees the opportunity to listen, learn and engage with industry powerhouses as they share stories of success, failure and their predictions for the future of the independent hospitality business., INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020 follows the successful Independent Lodging Congress 2019 - a 3-day event held this past October in Los Angeles, where speakers included Brad Wilson, President of Ace Hotels; Benjamin Trigano of Mama Shelter; Venus Williams of V Starr Interiors; Chip Conley, Founder of The Modern Elder Academy; Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotels; Jim Shreve, President & CEO of Baccarat; and more than 50 other leading hospitality industry executives and entrepreneurs.

The Independent Lodging Congress has become what attendees and speakers have called the “gathering for disruptors in hospitality and travel,” and is the first conference focused on generating change by challenging their attendees and asking the uncomfortable questions that lead to provocative conversation and actionable resolution.

Supporting sponsors of INDIE Confab New Orleans include Llenrock Realty Partners; Eagle Point Hotel Partners; Lowenstein Sandler; Level | HG; Screenpilot, Openbox, and Makeready.

Discounted rates will be available for hotel and restaurant owners and developers. Members of the media who wish to cover INDIE Confab New Orleans can apply for press credentials in advance by contacting

To learn more about INDIE Confab New Orleans 2020 and the Independent Lodging Congress, register or to become a sponsor for the 2020 event, please visit:


About Independent Lodging Congress
The Independent Lodging Congress is a place of discovery, collaboration and idea generation for owners and operators of independent hotels. Through meaningful and relevant panels, deep dive breakouts, and unique industry accessibility, the Independent Lodging Congress strives to connect visionaries and thought leaders inside (and outside) the independent lodging sector for the betterment of the industry and the guests they serve.

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