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Convention center crews prepare for busy convention season

New Orleans, LA -- Guess who's coming to New Orleans.

The month of May is set to be a busy one over at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Crews race to put the finishing touches on medical exhibits at Hall's H, I and J at the convention center.

On Monday, 3,400 attendees will roll into town for the 81st Annual American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting.

AANS is the organization that speaks for all neurosurgeon, and is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to promote the highest patient care.

The AANS Group could have selected a number of cities, but they chose the Crescent City.

"We looked at a world-class city that can cover large conventions, many hotels for them to choose from and a lot of activities that they can do within the city itself," says Patricia Anderson, who is the AANS Director of Meetings.

According to the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, there will be eight major meetings here, that's 25,000 attendees that will fill the halls of the convention center.

"Their attendees enjoy the city as well when they're finished with their business at the convention center and their exhibits, they go out in the evenings, enjoy our restaurants. They spend money in the city. This AANS meeting will bring in four million dollars into the city and that's on top of Jazz Fest, Zurich Classic and everything else that's going on," says Kelly Schulz, Vice President of Public Relations for the Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Once the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting wraps up, employees at the convention center will gear up for more than 7,000 attendees of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists meeting.

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