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Imaging USA 2015 is heading to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in February! Although that's not exactly around the corner, it is 243 days away (at the time this post was uploaded) and we couldn't be more excited! (We apologize in advance if this blog has too many exclamation points.)
Why this much enthusiasm so far in advance of the event? Maybe it's the amazing line up of speakers, or the range of topics they'll be teaching across the 12 tracks or because we're back in Nashville! And from what we can tell on Facebook and Twitter, a lot of us love it too!
Not only will the programs be the best yet, but Opryland itself has some pretty nifty deals worked out for you. Did you know that if you stay at Opryland, not only will you be in the middle of all of the action, but included in your room rate is free (yes - FREE) in-room WIFI, two bottles of water each day, access to the fitness center, a complimentary shuttle to Grand Ole Opry House, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Course (the round of golf is not included) or the Opry Mills Mall next door! PLUS if you have a car on site, you'll be paying less than half the standard rate for parking (from $21 down to just $9 with super convenient in-and-out privileges).
Now all of that stuff might be great, but one of our favorite (we have no shame) features of the hotel is that you can have your choice of country music star give you your wake up call! Love Trace Adkins? He'll be giving you a ring to make sure you're up in time to hit up one of the two coffee shops before your 8 a.m. session. More of a Kellie Pickler fan? She's also on the list, along with a slew of other famous country singers that'll make sure you're up and at 'em before all of the action!
And to keep you on track, we'll have the nifty Imaging USA app for you (it's still in production, but when it's ready to download this summer, we'll let you know)! The app has a lot of the great features you may have enjoyed last year--like creating your own schedule, connecting with other attendees, or planning how to dominate the Expo floor--but there are more great options with this year's app, like a new game (details coming soon!) and an interactive map to help you find your way at Opryland!
Registration for Imaging USA is already open at imagingusa.org/register. And remember - if you become a professional active PPA member, we'll waive the registration fee for your first Imaging USA (that alone is a $323 value)!
We'll be bringing you periodic updates about the conference as we get closer, but there is a lot of action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @imagingusa, so don't be left out! You can also hop on over to theLoop's Imaging USA community to find a roommate, catch a ride or just make new friends that will be in Nashville! We can't wait to see you there!
We're past the halfway point on the calendar to Imaging USA 2014 in Phoenix!!! Since we already showed you some of the fun Phoenix has to offer, we figured we should probably tell you where to stay, how to get there, and before you do any of that, how to register. You know--the details!
So let's dive right in.
Where Should I Stay?
Save yourself the trouble of searching for a lower rate! PPA's already done the work and negotiated discounted rates for you during Imaging USA. And we've got three options for you!
PPA's headquarters for Imaging USA 2014. Located just minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center, this hotel is at the center of everything. This is also Phoenix's largest hotel and will place you just minutes away (walking!) from ample dining and entertainment options. Or if you're tired from so much conference activities, you can kick back on the pool deck or in their inviting lobby bar. Three blocks from the convention center, this hotel is ideally located between everything Imaging USA and the revitalized downtown Phoenix!
The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is an artful urban retreat, combining the comfort and convenience of a full-service business and convention hotel. It's a big hotel with a big brand name but with the soul of a boutique hotel. You're in for a treat! The Renaissance is even closer to the Convention Center than the Sheraton (1.5 blocks!), plus, it sports a rooftop pool and is within blocks of CityScape entertainment and dining district.
Location, location, location! The Hyatt is the CLOSEST of the three hotels. You can walk from all three, but this one is about 50 steps from the convention center. You just can't beat that! Like the other hotels, it has an outdoor pool, but where the Hyatt really stands out is up top, in the Compass Arizona Grill. This rotating restaurant will give you an unparalleled 360-degree view of Phoenix. Pretty cool!
We have a block of rooms already booked at each of these three hotels to guarantee you the Imaging USA discounted rates, so be sure you tell the hotel you're part of Imaging USA to get these great rates! Plus, most everyone prefers to be where the action is, right?! By staying at the Imaging USA hotels, you'll save money, have an incredibly short walk to the conference, and best of all, you'll have a better opportunity to network with your photography friends and remain at the center of all of the activities. That's why you're going to Phoenix after all, isn't it?
Besides, even if you find a cheaper hotel option, when you factor in time and travel fees associated with staying further away (let's not even get started on parking fees!), you won't benefit as much financially as you had planned. So why miss out on the action? Imaging USA is truly made and organized for you. PPA is not making anything on hotels. Instead, savings are passed directly on to you. So make the best of this experience and stay at a host hotel!
How Should I Get There?
All Imaging USA hotels are located within 0.25 to 3 blocks of the Phoenix Convention Center and convenient to several Valley Metro Light Rail stops. You can take the light rail from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to downtown Phoenix (approximately 4 miles) for just $2.00. If you're driving in, there are several city parking garages in the area as well (but remember, those garages are run by the city and they can adjust prices as they please).
Flying to Imaging USA
The Phoenix Convention Center is located just 4 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and several transportation options are available. The Convention Center has provided a Transportation Guide for getting to and from the airport via Phoenix's METRO light rail. However, other options are available.
Taxi, Limousine & Shuttle Service
Taxi rates remain the same regardless of company, number of passengers and number of bags. The first mile is $5. Each additional mile is $2.30. Each hour of a traffic delay is $23. The minimum fare is $15. Each per trip airport surcharge is $1.
Limousine rates to the Convention Center are $35.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport also runs a shuttle service. The shuttle is $14 for the first passenger. Each additional passenger per reservation is $7.00 regardless of zone.
Visit the Imaging USA Hotel & Travel page for more taxi, limousine and shuttle service information.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport offers service from 12 rental car agencies which are housed in their own building. A shuttle runs from the curb of each terminal's baggage claim area every 5-10 minutes. Check with each company for rates. Find more information on the Imaging USA Hotel & Travel Page.
As outlined in the Phoenix Convention Center Transportation Guide, using public transit is an easy and inexpensive way to travel to and from the airport. A full-trip from the airport to the Convention Center takes roughly 43 minutes and costs a whopping $2.00. It's only four miles, so it's not super fast, but you can't beat that price! For more information, visit http://www.valleymetro.org/.
Driving to Imaging USA
If you're driving to Imaging USA, download the Convention Center's driving directions as well as a map and parking guide.
How do I Register for Imaging USA?
Easy! There are several ways to experience Imaging USA 2014. Head to the Imaging USA registration page and find the best option for you! Remember, if you join PPA as a new Professional Active member, we waive the registration fee for your first Imaging USA. That's your #IUSA14 full-conference pass completely FREE!
Now you've got some joining/registering/booking to do! See you in Phoenix!
Head to the Imaging USA Hotel & Travel page for more info.
Use the links below to read the other #IUSA14 posts:
- Your Tracks to Success at Imaging USA
- #IUSA14 - 10 Things To Do in Phoenix
- Someone Said Attending Imaging USA Is A No Brainer... Why? - Here are Ten Reasons to Attend
- Looking Ahead and Becoming Full-on Pro with Steve Kozak at Imaging USA
- Be More Educated with #IUSA14 Pre-Con Classes
- Pro Tips for Imaging USA
- #IUSA14 Phoenix Overview Video