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2016 PMBA Annual Conference Events

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Amidst energizing days full of learning, exchanging knowledge, and exploring the expo, network with new and familiar colleagues at the exciting events we are planning for you!


Tour the city of New Orleans with our Haunted History Walking tour or City Sightseeing New Orleans tour. All tours are scheduled as private tours with PMBA conference attendees. These events require separate registration and are available when registering for the conference.

Newcomers Session

The Newcomers Session offers first- or second-time attendees to the Annual Conference the opportunity to meet members from the PMBA Board of Directors as well as others who are new to the Annual Conference. Board members will share advice on various conference activities and on how to take full advantage of your conference experience. At the conclusion of the session Board members and newcomers will join the Welcome Reception.

Time: 5:15 - 5:30pm

Welcome Reception with Sponsors

Welcome to the PMBA Annual Conference. Kick off your PMBA Annual Conference Experience at the Welcome Reception. Enjoy food and drinks and access to conference sponsors and underwriters as you network with new friends and catch up with industry colleagues. 

Time: 5:15 - 6:30pm

City Sightseeing New Orleans Tour

City Sightseeing New Orleans is the most entertaining, informative, and flexible City Tour you can find in New Orleans. The premium 2-hour tour route includes the French Quarter, the Central Business District, and the Garden District-the best way to get an overview New Orleans. These double-decker buses are open-top providing unobstructed views of the city.

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Cost: $35 per person

Haunted History Walking Tour

Haunted History Tours is the only company offering the best selling book, "New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, & Vampires," and the popular documentary, "Journey Into Darkness, The Trilogy."  These tours are a MUST DO for anyone visiting or planning to visit New Orleans.  This is one the New Orleans tours you've heard about  featured on A&E, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Sci Fi Channel, Fox Network, and recommended by The Travel Channel as  THE NUMBER 1 THING TO DO IN NEW ORLEANS.   Mildly theatrical, hugely historical, and thoroughly entertaining, Haunted History Tours offers a variety of daily and nightly tours that will leave you SPELLBOUND! 

Time: 8:00 - 10:00pm
Cost: $25 per person


Join members from PMBA's Board Members for dine-arounds featuring New Orleans restaurants. Board Members will be facilitating small dinner groups on Thursday, June 2 beginning at 6:30pm. Advanced sign ups will be required and available at the registration desk. These dinners will be at your own expense; we recommend bringing cash. More details will be available onsite.


The National WWII Museum

945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(Main Entrance on Andrew Higgins Drive)
Open daily 9-5pm

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world — why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today — so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Originally founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is now the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #3 museum in the country, and an unforgettable way to experience World War II — from industrial efforts on the Home Front to the combat experience of the American soldier abroad. Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war. Beyond the galleries, the Museum's online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.

Ticket prices vary based on the add-ons purchased in conjunction with the general admission ticket.
Purchase Tickets Here.

The Museum of the American Cocktail - National Food & Beverage Foundation

Located inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
Open Wednesday - Monday 11:00am – 5:00pm

Throughout its two-century-old history, the cocktail has influenced music, theater, art, film, and politics around the world. The Museum of the American Cocktail celebrates this true American cultural icon. Founded by Dale DeGroff, and several of the world's most passionate cocktail authorities and historians, The Museum of the American Cocktail seeks to advance the profession and increase consumer knowledge of mixology while stressing the importance of responsible drinking. MOTAC celebrates and preserves a rich aspect of American culture while providing educational resources for professionals and the public. We also aim to broaden career opportunities in the spirits industry and encourage more participation from women and members of under-represented groups in the field.


Admission for adults is $10; Students (with ID), Military, and Seniors over 60 are $5 per person, Children under 12 (with an adult) are free.
Purchase Tickets Here.