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I have actually investigated doing a NOLA show, timed for a 2019/2020 show.
Are you ready for $140+ registration, $239 hotel room nights and $200+ vendor tables? After running the Convention center numbers (and it's not connected to any hotels, but there are several across the street), that's about what we figured we have to charge to cover a show at the Morial. The Pontchartrain is too small and restrictive, the Alarial is also too small and both aren't near downtown or hotels.
Mobile has a good space, lower costs and only 2 hours max away from great tour destinations: WW2 museum, Stennis, NMNA, USS Alabama... but NO CLUB!!
Pensacola (where I am) doesn't have a real Convention center, as the "old Admirals club" that runs the area doesn't want one here.