DECEMBER 9, 2020 6:00-7:00PM CST

We may still be unable to gather safely together in person, but NOCDC isn't letting that stop us from joining in community and celebrating together this season. Join us in raising a glass of your favorite libation in honor of the ongoing work of bringing New Orleans to the world and bringing the world to New Orleans! 


Members can vote on NOCDC's 2021 slate of Board of Directors and hear about The State and Future of International Tourism in New Orleans from Kim Priez, VP/International Tourism with New Orleans & Company. 

Special Guest Speaker








Kim Priez

Senior Vice President, Tourism Sales and International Marketing

New Orleans & Company


As Senior Vice President, Tourism Sales and Marketing, Kim Priez oversees the tourism department, and directs 3 international representation offices in the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada and their marketing efforts.  Through a comprehensive strategy of direct sales and marketing, Kim leads the leisure team by targeting domestic and international travel professionals, group planners and leisure visitors.  Her combined 28 years with New Orleans and Company (formerly the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau) serves her well in the development of new product and international markets.


Kim was previously with the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel where she honed her sales skills as Director of Travel Industry Sales.  She holds leadership roles in numerous organizations including SKAL and the Rhythms of the South Marketing Partnership.  Additionally, she serves as an Advisory Council member for Brand USA and the U.S. Travel IPW Planning Committee.    As a native New Orleanian, she is very proud of her city and enjoys the unique culture and vibrancy.

2020 Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award




Ronald Blanton, MD, MS

Chair of Tropical Medicine

William G. Vincent Professor of Tropical Medicine

Water-borne Disease Research Collaborative

NOCDC would like to honor Dr. Ronald Blanton, Chair of Tropical Medicine, Tulane School of Public Health. Dr. Blanton has been an incredible volunteer for NOCDC throughout the years and has met with 25 of our international visitors from 15 different countries in Africa focusing on infectious diseases, in particular malaria control and prevention. This year, Dr. Blanton was the first to present at a virtual meeting with International Visitor Leadership Program participants from Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, and Senegal when their visit to New Orleans was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As NOCDC and the world moves to a more digital existence, Dr. Blanton was able to forge connections with the participating individuals as if they had been able to meet at his office on Canal Street. 

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