Guest Connection

The 2019 SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition isn’t just for scaffold and access industry professionals – it’s also an opportunity for their guests to attend and experience the event and host city!

There’s no better time to come as a guest than this year in New Orleans: the Big Easy is rich in history, charm, and culture.



 5 - 7 p.m.                Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


 8 - 9 a.m.  Welcome to NOLA Breakfast (SAIA Café)
 9:15 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café for Tour Departure
 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.    Guest Connection Tour #1 (details below)
 5 - 7 p.m.  Reception with Exhibitors


 8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast (SAIA Café)
 9:15 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café for Tour Departure
 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Guest Connection Tour #2 (details below)
 2 - 3 p.m.  Amazing Face Reader Session
 (personal one-on-one)
 6 - 7 p.m.  President's Gala Reception
 7 - 9 p.m.  President's Gala Dinner & Awards
 9 - 11 p.m.  President's Gala After Party


 9 - 11 a.m.  Farewell Breakfast                  

*Schedule subject to change.



Duration: 5 Hours | Activity Level: Moderate | Minimum Number of Participants: 20

 9:15 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café
 9:30 a.m.  Depart hotel for boat
 10 a.m.   Boat departs
 1 p.m.  Boat returns
 Lunch at Antoine's
 2:30 p.m.  Leave restaurant to return to hotel

Transportation between venues is provided via bus.

Cruise down the mighty Mississippi aboard the Creole Queen! This historic tour – NOLA's only tricentennial river cruise – covers more than 300 years of New Orleans history. A local historian narrates the city's storied past as you sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Chalmette Battlefield.

Highlights of the tour include the founding of the city by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the French Quarter Tremé and Marigny neighborhoods, the Louisiana Purchase, and the critical Battle of New Orleans. A one-hour shore excursion at the battlefield features a guided tour and talk by national park rangers.

After a morning on the river and a visit to the Chalmette Battlefield, you'll enjoy a delicious three-course lunch in a private room at the nation's oldest family-run restaurant, Antoine's. Iced tea and water are included. A consumption bar is available aboard the Creole Queen and at the restaurant.

In the spring of 1840, New Orleans was the queen city of the Mississippi River, cotton was king, and French gentlemen settled their differences under the oaks with pistols for two and coffee for one. “Dixie” had not yet been written but was destined to become the marching anthem for Confederate forces during the Civil War.

Following a stop in New York, the young Antoine Alciatore adopted this city and established a restaurant synonymous with fine food that would endure under his family’s direction for more than 179 years – thus setting a standard that has made New Orleans one of the greatest dining centers of the world.

On St. Louis Street, just one block from the spot where the famed restaurant sits today, the 18-year-old Alciatore started what was later to later become known simply as “Antoine’s." He felt at home in the French-speaking city of lordly aristocrats who, with their taste for extravagances, were an ideal audience for his culinary artistry.

Through the years – from the Civil War and two world wars to Prohibition, the Great Depression, and, most recently, Hurricane Katrina – a long line of Alciatore family members have guided Antoine’s to continued greatness. Countless celebrities and dignataries have enjoyed a repast in Antoine’s regal dining rooms, as evidenced by photographs of the rich and famous lining the walls.

Musicians, actors, politicians, military personnel, sports figures, and royalty have all feasted amid Antoine's splendor, including Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Bush, and Bill Clinton; Pope John Paul II, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Kate Hudson, Jimmy Buffet, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby to name just a few!



Duration: 4 Hours | Activity Level: Moderate | Minimum Number of Participants: 20

 9:15 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café
 9:30 a.m.  Depart hotel for walking tour en route to cooking school
 (approx. ¼ mile)
 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Hands-on cooking lesson and lunch
 1 p.m.                 Walking tour en route back to hotel
 (arrival approx. 1:30 p.m.)

Do more than just watch and eat … you'll chop, dice, steam, and cook your way through a four-course meal featuring a variety of traditional dishes, including Gumbo, Andouille Jambalaya, and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce.

During this three-hour hands-on cooking class, the chef will entertain you with interesting patter about life in New Orleans as you learn the secrets behind preparing Creole delicacies – the world-famous cuisine that combines the finest elements of French and Spanish cooking with rich, indigenous seafood, spices, and produce.

Unlimited Abita beer and root beer, red and white house wines, water, and iced tea are included. Each participant will receive their own apron.

*Tours subject to change.