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 known as 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 our members and demonstrating to the world that Louisiana offers a profitable environment where businesses can thrive.

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