One of the taller buildings in the city of New Orleans is the World Trade Center. This organization was formed when International House joined with International Trade Mart. The World Trade Center of New Orleans is the first WTC in the world. The building where the WTC is now housed was built in 1967. The original building is now the International House Hotel, a boutique style establishment.
The building's address is 2 Canal Street and the Mississippi River is just outside the doors. The World Trade Center is at the intersection of Poydras and Canal streets. The design for the building is in the shape of a cross. It has been outfitted with external louvers that provide shade from the intense southern sun. At one time the World Trade Center was the tallest structure in New Orleans. The Plaza Tower has since exceeded the 407foot building.
There is a club on the thirtieth floor called the Plimsoll Club that offers a magnificent view of the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Members and guests can take in the view. The first eighteen floors of the World Trade Center are being turned into a 653 room hotel. There are also plans to have a 500,000 square foot convention center. The rest of the building is going to be left as offices.
At one time there was a bar on the top floor named the "Top of the Mart''. It was open from sometime in the 1970's until 2001. The bar rotated 360 degrees in an hour so the name was changed to "360''. This lounge remained open until Hurricane Katrina forced its closure in 2005. It has reopened since the hurricane.
One of the residents of the World Trade Center is the Honduran Consulate of New Orleans. There are events that are held at the World Trade Center. Some of the past discussions that have happened at the World Trade Center are Doing Business with Australia, Selling Abroad Through Agents and Distributors and Doing Business in Columbia.
There are many hotels that are in close proximity to the World Trade Center. They range from luxury accommodations to well known hotel chains. The Hotel Inter-Continental is 0.62 miles from the WTC and haves rates that start at 159.00 and go up to approximately 220.00. The Westin New Orleans Canal Place is only 0.32 miles away and offers similar rates. Some of the chain hotels include the Best Western French Quarter Landmark, the Ramada Plaza Hotel, the Marriott and a Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The rates at these hotels start at one hundred dollars and rise to $750.00 per night.
Attractions that are in the vicinity of the World Trade Center and the hotels are the Aquarium of the Americas, St. Louis Cathedral, Cabildo, Presbytere and Harrah's Casino. Restaurants that serve traditional Creole and Cajun cuisine are located in the French Quarter and surrounding areas. The hotels in the neighborhood of the World Trade Center also offer a wide range of restaurant choices.