I will be attending and be a roving reporter for AA. I will post from the exhibit hall on my iPad/iPhone (which ever I take with me).
Let me know if you are attending and we can try to have an AA meet and greet during the convention. Here is the official announcement.
Macna 2012-- Dallas/Fort Worth
MACNA 2012 will be in Dallas next September 28-30th, and hosted by DFWMAS. After an exhaustive search, we identified a handful of hotels that could possibly work, but in the end, only one was just right for MACNA.
Each hotel had its positives and negatives. Some were too spread out, others didn’t have enough rooms or vendor space for the 100+ vendors that will converge upon DFW for the non-stop reefing weekend. Other hotels couldn’t handle the 2,000+ attendees or the line-up of more than 2 dozen speakers. After a search that lasted 13 months, the selection committee settled on the Sheraton Downtown Dallas (http://www.sheratondallashotel.com
). Reservations: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarG...65095&key=3D49
Capable of housing more than 3,000 aquarists, and upwards of 150 booths, it was a perfect match. The hotel recently underwent a $91 Million dollar renovation, which left in its wake an unprecedented sports bar, all new state-of-the-art rooms, a huge internet hub, and improved dining throughout the venue. The rates for the hotel will be $114.00 per night, and INCLUDES FREE Wifi in the rooms for all attendees. A short walk across the skywalk, or the street, and aquarists will be in reefing heaven.
DFWMACNA will house vendors from all over the world, showing off thousands of corals and the latest products. We’ll have cheap Margarita bars in the Vendor Hall so everyone gets a little taste of that Texas flair that we in Dallas are so proud of. Free samples from the vendors will range from food supplies to T-Shirts, and everything in-between. The show will last three solid days, and that’s barely enough time to stop by every vendor that will be attending.
Speakers will also be coming from areas all over the globe to mingle and present to aquarist during almost every hour in-which the show is taking place. Topics range from lighting to the latest techniques in breeding or coral fragging. Each speaker is also often available during the entire weekend to answer any follow-up questions by hobbyist, or possibly grab a drink with after hours.
Friday is the opening day of the show, and will feature speakers nearly all day. It’s capped off by a reception that is not to be missed. We have a Casino night with food, drinks, and a very unique raffle like no other, so plan on attending and spending the night.
Wake up early Saturday and head back over to the vendor hall for nearly a dozen more speakers and lots of great deals. Topping the night off is a banquet, which features a key note speaker, great food, and lots of time to unwind and catch up with old and new friends.
Sunday brings an end to the show, but not before a few more speakers and the mother of all raffles. Thousands of dollars worth of aquarium equipment and trips are donated and raffled off, and aquarists can often walk away with hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars worth of items because the odds of winning are often very good.
Getting to Dallas is easy from any where in the world. Either by driving up or down I-35, across on I-20, or flying into either Dallas Love Field, or DFW Airport. We have negotiated a 5% discount (7392AZ) on airfare to DFW through American Airlines(http://www.aa.com
), if so you choose to go that route. You have to book online thru aa.com and enter the promotion code.
Plan on making it out to DFWMACNA for a long weekend of new friends, education, shopping, exploring the city, and lots of fun. We’ll see everyone September 28-30th, 2012 at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas.
Register now to get the best rate currently available. http://www.dfwmacna.com