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About Us

Our Mission

”We foster economic development throughout Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf Coast Region by advocating for the support and the promotion of the international trade goals of our members and key stakeholders”.

Our Vision

[email protected], Inc. will be the recognized Voice of Trade for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. This vision is driven by our international trade advocacy efforts, providing our investors access to and connectivity with business and government leadership and by delivery of trade resources and education. Our sole purpose is to help our companies succeed internationally. Global commerce isn't just one of the things we do, it's the only thing we do.

History

“Let us go back to the days of World War II – then New Orleans was enjoying a tremendously augmented volume of commerce in and out of its port. It was so well handled as to have New Orleans classified by the War Department as the most efficient seaport being used for the war effort.”

The International House—which preceded the World Trade Center of New Orleans—merged with the International Trade Mart in 1968. The formal dedication ceremony took place on April 30, 1968, as part of a larger celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.

The establishment of the International Trade Mart sparked the formation of a global league of trade centers, now unified by the World Trade Centers Association. The association focuses on developing trade by assisting in the creation of joint ventures, prioritizing educational projects and collaborating with like-minded organizations. Today, there are more than 300 World Trade Center organizations in 96 countries.

Seventy years later, the World Trade Center of New Orleans continues the mission of the International House and International Trade Mart by pursuing more opportunities for members and demonstrating to the world that Louisiana offers a profitable environment where businesses can thrive.

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The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) stimulates trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies, and international businesses looking to connect globally and prosper locally.

The association serves as an ‘international ecosystem’ of global connections, iconic properties, and integrated trade services under the umbrella of a prestigious brand.

The exclusive ‘World Trade Center’ and ‘WTC’ branded properties and trade service organizations are located in more than 90 countries and supported by 15,000 WTC professionals that deliver integrated, reciprocal resources to solve your business needs.