• Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Scholarship Contests Helping youth achieve their dreams of higher education
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • Leadership Summits Professional training developing strong and Optimistic leaders
Optimist Volunteers1 Friend of Optimists2 Welcome New Clubs3 Scholarship Contests4 Optimist Junior Golf5 Youth Clubs (JOOI)6 Leadership Summits6

97th Optimist International Convention

July 9-11, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Cuisine in New Orleans isn’t the only thing spicing up the city. TripAdvisor 2010 Traveler’s Choice® Destination Awards ranked New Orleans as the top destination in the world for night life. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America’s Top 5 Restaurant Cities.

New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from the hotel.

Nowhere else does it occur more effortlessly or more joyously. Jazz, America's only original art form, was born here while Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot that is New Orleans.

In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers.

Experience the best of the Crescent City in a spacious guestroom with a view, take a stroll down Bourbon Street for some entertainment, and savor local specialties at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. With plenty of amenities and things to do, Riverside is the ultimate in New Orleans accommodations and just 20 minutes from Louis Armstrong International Airport. Room rates include complimentary basic internet.

Book Your Reservations Now!
The sleeping room rates start at $109 per night (plus taxes & fees) for up to two people and each additional person is an additional $20 (plus taxes & fees). Sleeping rooms with king beds are limited to a maximum of three people per room. Upgrades are available. To book your reservation and for more information on room types and upgrades available, including photos, click here or call (800) 445-8667 or (504) 584-3959. When calling, remember to mention the group name “Optimist International.” As long as there are sleeping rooms available, the deadline to make your reservation is June 17, 2015.

Please note: If you check-out prior to your reserved check-out date, the hotel will add a $90 early checkout fee (plus taxes & fees) to your account. To avoid an early checkout fee, advise the hotel at or before you check-in of any change in planned length of stay. Room rates include complimentary internet.
Travel Discounts
Before you book your travel and housing, please consider the days you want to arrive early and/or stay after the convention events. Your International Convention Committee is working on pre and post-convention events to take place on July 8 and 12. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, special deals are available for Optimist members for the International Convention. Please also refer to the local tours and attractions New Orleans has to offer by visiting the following websites:
New Orleans Attractions

New Orleans Tours
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is the gateway to one of the most exciting cities in the world – New Orleans, legendary for its history, food and good times. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is located at 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides a user-friendly environment that welcomes millions of travelers each year from around the world. Following are discounts offered by airlines, Amtrak and rental car companies:

Traveling by Air
Air Canada
Discount Code: HMJPFQB1
Ticketing agent fees may apply for phone reservations.
Travel valid July 5-12, 2015

When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter NMKFG on the Search Flight page.
A ticketing fee applies if purchased by phone (800) 328-1111
Travel valid July 2-16, 2015
Traveling by Train
Reservations cannot be booked via the internet.
Call (800) 872-7245
Discount Code: X12U-913
10% discount off the best available rail fare to New Orleans, valid July 2-15, 2015.
Rental Car Discounts
The following rental car companies are offering discounts:
Offer code (BCD): U160153
Call (877) 516-7275

Corporate code: GE1025
Company PIN: OPT
Call (800) 261-7331
Airport Transportation
Airport Shuttle is the official ground transportation provider for the New Orleans International Airport and includes a fleet of clean-burning, propane-fueled vans and minibuses. Airport Shuttle is offering a discounted round-trip rate of $35 to Optimists. To receive the discounted rate, use the following link:
Optimist International 2015 Convention Official Discounted Airport Shuttle
Reservations must be made online 24 hours prior to flight time arrival to receive the discounted rate. To change an existing reservation made online, please call (866) 596-2699.

Future Conventions
Optimist International has its sights set on a few great destinations over the next several years.

2016 - Quebec City, Quebec
2017 - To Be Determined
2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

If you have any questions, please send them to convention@optimist.org or call (800) 500-8130.

See you in New Orleans!

2015 Convention Details

97th Optimist International Convention
July 9-11, 2015

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Schedule: Registration opens on Wednesday, July 8, and the fun will not end until everyone leaves Sunday, July 12 (after the Presidential Banquet on Saturday night, July 11). Click here for a detailed schedule. Be sure to check this page frequently for updates.

2014 Convention Photos and Videos

The 96th Optimist International Convention in Las Vegas was full of fellowship and fun! To view photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery. If you have any photos you would like to share, please send to convention@optimist.org.