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ACCENT New Orleans DMC Welcomes New Director of Operations Theresa Vivirito

Destination Management Company ACCENT New Orleans proudly announces the addition of Theresa Vivirito as its new Director of Operations. A seasoned professional with a diverse background in the hospitality industry, Theresa brings a...

Hospitality Partners Deliver Food and Supplies to LASPCA

In a collaboration between ACCENT New Orleans DMC and local hospitality partners, the Besties Collection Drive donated 22 boxes of food and supplies to the Louisiana SPCA. The Windsor Court and another dozen hotels participated in the effort...

Event Planning Visionary Diane Lyons Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

ACCENT New Orleans, a distinguished event and meeting planning company rooted in the heart of the vibrant city, proudly announces the recognition of its visionary founder, Diane Lyons, who has been honored with the esteemed DMC Network...

2023 Women to Watch

Diane Lyons, CMP, DMCP, is known in the New Orleans hospitality industry as a “mover and a shaker” and a special event and meeting planner with deep-rooted connections. Her company, ACCENT New Orleans Inc., has been...

18th Annual DMC Spotlight

We asked, you decided: with travel and destination events being a top priority for so many after the years of pandemic isolation we all endured, DMCs are having a moment, and they deserve recognition. Here are some of the biggest brands in the DMC world—the experts with insider access to the best destinations on earth...

The Conference Queen of New Orleans

From staging parades in the French Quarter for thousands of conventioneers to orchestrating fireworks displays over the Mississippi River, planning intimate dinners at world-famous restaurants and hosting business...

The "Big Easy" is Built to Host

New Orleans is a vibrant city with lively jazz music, authentic Cajun food and a vibrant nightlife. This atmosphere, couples with the increase in bleisure travel, where conference and meeting-goers add on vacation...

Best Four-Week Challenge Event

Drew Brees Isn’t the Only One who can Throw a Hail Mary in New Orleans – 300 Person Event Planned and Executed in Two Weeks...

NFL Approves 2024 Super Bowl in New Orleans

The big game is a boom for small businesses and minority and women-owned businesses. Diane Lyons is president of Accent New Orleans, a full-service event management business. Her company worked the last 7 Super Bowls...

Creating WOW Experiences for Clients

Chances are, yes! That's why today we are going to talk to someone who creates “wow” experiences for her clients every single day and learn about how she does it. Host, Mary Foley speaks with Diane Lyons, the president, and owner of...

Longest-Standing Local, Woman-Owned DMC

ACCENT New Orleans, Inc., a DMC Network Company has remained an impressive leader in the event and meeting planning arena since 1991. Diane Lyons, founded the company with the goal of serving as an expert local resource and guide to...

Diane Lyons Named A 2016 Power of Women Honoree

Diane B. Lyons, CMP, DMP, President of ACCENT-DMC, Inc., was selected by the American Red Cross as one of ten honorees for its 2016 Power of Women celebration recognizing extraordinary volunteers and community leaders...

Festigals ‘Girlfriends Weekend’ Empowers, Enriches and Entertains

Women are leaving their men at home and heading downtown for FestiGals, a four-day festival for women by women, in and around Hotel Monteleone. “FestiGals is about empowering and enriching women while adding that New Orleans flair..."

NOLA ChristmasFest returns to Crescent City, brings first indoor ice-skating rink since 1980s

"To see how happy locals are is so exciting. Most of us haven't skated since the last time the ice rink was open at the plaza in the '80s, so this is really been fun," said Diane Lyons, with NOLA ChristmasFest...