To all attendees, staff, guests, and anyone else AAC related, For the past six months ongoing conversations with the hotel happened, and we need to announce a few changes. These were not our decisions, or the hotel’s, but that of the hotel’s new management company. The reason this is so late in coming is that we negotiated a few compromises through many hours of deliberation.
First change is that nobody will be allowed up the elevators past the mezzanine without an elevator key. Only registered guests will be granted access. The hotel will be setting up their own system of checking. A police officer will be patrolling the hotel at night to enforce this policy.
You must have a badge to use the lobby, or any space involving the convention. This includes the vendor space. We are sorry to announce it is no longer open to the public. We will sell vendor room only badges at a lesser price that will be available for those only interested in shopping. Details are still in the decision stage.
There is no dance on Saturday night. This was a major point for the management company, so we will offer more programming for attendees.
Programming will end around midnight Check out our schedule when it comes out for final details.
We understand these are major changes – for you and for us. We will continue to work with the hotel. This is a culmination of issues seen by the management company, by our convention, and others around the country. Many of you have heard the problems that other conventions dealt with, and now we are burdened by those bad decisions. The hotel is as constrained as we are, so please do not dispute it with their staff. They were not involved in the decisions, and can’t offer any explanations or change any of the policies.