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Join us for the 2020 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition September 12 – September 15, 2020, in Grand Rapids, and learn first-hand from aviation industry experts while cultivating new and existing relationships with more than 2,000 delegates from over 200 airports and airport authorities. Take advantage of our non-conflicting exhibition hours to discover new products and get immediate answers and solutions to issues facing your organization.

All conference events will be held at the DeVos Place Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

The ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition brings together powerhouse thought leaders and airport industry innovators that are driving the industry forward.  See our speaker line up >>

Our 2020 agenda will explore the full range of issues impacting the North American airport industry today and tomorrow.  See the schedule at a glance >>

Take a deep dive into the latest trends and challenges facing the industry during one of our many committee specific workshops.  See the committee workshop schedule >>

The 2020 exhibit show floor – the largest airport trade show in the world – features more than 200 exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services.  See the exhibit floor plan >>

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their generous support.  Check out our 2020 conference sponsors and partners >>

Book early!  Special hotel rates expire Friday, August 21.  Book your hotel reservations today >>

ACI-NA Monitoring Coronavirus Impact

We recognize that current news reports of coronavirus infections across the U.S and Canada are of concern to our registrants.

Based on the best information available at this time, we are continuing to plan for terrific conference and learning experiences for everyone who attends our events. While we are not in a position to recommend a specific course of action for travel, we recommend monitoring the government’s travel advisories and restrictions to understand any changes that may arise as a result.

We are sensitive to attendees’ concerns and will be doing everything we can to help those who attend our conference be safe, healthy, and comfortable. ACI-NA will continue to integrate recommendations from the U.S. CDC and Canadian Public Health Agency into our conference procedures and implement additional measures as necessary.

Why Attend?

Any professional interested in learning about aviation trends or meeting industry leaders should plan to attend ACI-NA’s 2020 Annual Conference and Exhibition to:

  • Learn first-hand from aviation industry experts in pre-conference seminars, general sessions and concurrent educational sessions.
  • Keep up to date on new and emerging technologies.
  • Grow your professional network.
  • Get immediate answers and solutions to issues within your airport, authority or company by talking with peers and meeting with vendors on our expansive show floor.
  • Discover new products and solutions that can raise revenue and decrease expenses.
  • See the latest technology on display and visit your vendors all in one location.

ACI-NA Monitoring Coronavirus Impact

We recognize that current news reports of coronavirus infections across the U.S and Canada are of concern to our registrants.

Based on the best information available at this time, we are continuing to plan for terrific conference and learning experiences for everyone who attends our events. While we are not in a position to recommend a specific course of action for travel, we recommend monitoring the government’s travel advisories and restrictions to understand any changes that may arise as a result.

We are sensitive to attendees’ concerns and will be doing everything we can to help those who attend our conference be safe, healthy, and comfortable. ACI-NA will continue to integrate recommendations from the U.S. CDC and Canadian Public Health Agency into our conference procedures and implement additional measures as necessary.

Online Registration Open

Online registration is now open!  Click the green button above to register online.

Contact meetings@airportscouncil.org with any questions.

 

Full Conference Registration Includes:

  • Committee Workshops & Meetings (September 12-13)
  • General Sessions
  • Educational Sessions
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Closing Night Event
  • Breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments are also provided.

We will be offering a “One Day Pass” for the 2020 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition.  The One Day Pass allows full participation in educational programming and access to the expo show floor for a single day.  To attend the conference for multiple days, please register for the Full Conference.

Members

Before July 31

$795

After July 31

$945

One-Day Pass

$525

Non-Members

Before July 31

$1,650

After July 31

$1,850

One-Day Pass

$900

U.S./Canadian Federal Government

$500

Full-Time Student

$325

Guest

$325

Committee Workshop Package

Saturday, Sept. 12 & Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020

Included in full conference registration

Available committee workshops include:

  • Business Information Technology
  • Operations & Technical Affairs
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Legal Affairs

Members

Before July 31

$585

After July 31

$700

Non-Members

Before July 31

$750

After July 31

$875

Finance Committee Workshop

Sunday, Sept. 13 only

Members

$525

Non-Members

$900

You will be included on the pre-registration roster, if your registration is received by ACI-NA, and paid in full, by 5 pm EDT Friday, August 21, 2020. Registrations or payments received after July 31, will be processed with the higher registration fee and registrations received after August 21, will not appear in the pre-registration roster.

Please click here for our registration and cancellation policies.

Hotel Information

ACI-NA has contracted hotel rooms at discounted rates on your behalf. If our contracted obligations are not met, we pay substantial penalty fees to the hotel, thus requiring an increase in registration rates in the future.

We are able to monitor attendance through our room block. This enables us to be better prepared and helps with cost containment. Booking within our block helps us to maintain our strong business value, which is essential to our negotiations with future cities and cost-containment efforts.

Need to know

  • Be sure to identify yourself as being with the ACI-NA Group to receive the discounted rates.
  • The booking deadline for discounted hotel rates is Friday, August 21, 2020. The discounted rooms and the hotel may sell out prior to the booking deadline, so make your reservations early.
  • Please note: Each attendee may only reserve up to two (2) rooms at the time of the reservation.
  • There is no designated “headquarters hotel.”
  • Hotel accommodations should be booked directly through the hotel website, not through any other third-party company offering hotel reservation services. ACI-NA does not contract any third-party companies, including Global Elite Travel, to manage hotel reservations.

Please Note: Some nights within the ACI-NA block at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids are sold out at the group rate.
Please book at the Amyway Grand Plaza or Hyatt Place. 

Amway Grand Plaza
Curio Collection by Hilton
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
800-253-3590
Rate: $189 USD plus applicable taxes
Note: After clicking ‘Make a Reservation’ in the above link, you will be redirected to the hotel listings. Under ‘Browse All Hotels,’ click ‘as list’ to view rates for the Amway Grand Plaza.

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown
140 Ottawa Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
800-233-1234
Rate: $179 USD plus applicable taxes
Note: The ACI-NA Group discount code will auto-populate on the next screen after clicking ‘Book Now’ in the above link. 

JW Marriott Grand Rapids
235 Louis Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
877-901-6632
Rate: $209 USD plus applicable taxes
Note: After clicking ‘Make a Reservation’ in the above link, you will be redirected to the hotel listings. Under ‘Browse All Hotels,’ click ‘as list’ to view rates for the JW Marriott

Meet Your Keynote

Scott Pelley

60 Minutes Correspondent
Former CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor

After covering some of the most compelling and important national stories of the last 20 years,  Pelley is one of the most recognizable faces in American journalism today.

Biography

In its first season, The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, won a Peabody Award and was the only network evening news broadcast to grow its audience. Taking over for Katie Couric, he gained an additional 821,000 viewers in his first nine months in the anchor chair. Few journalists have made as wide and as deep a mark on broadcast news as Pelley has. He is known for covering everything from breaking national news stories to politics and wars. Since he brought that experience to 60 Minutes in 2004, half of all the major awards won by the broadcast have been for stories reported by Pelley.

Pelley also formerly served as CBS’ chief White House correspondent, where he covered the biggest domestic stories of the 1990’s. As an Emmy Award-winning journalist, he has covered the major events and moving stories that have captured the attention of the American people. He has interviewed world leaders such as President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his presentations incorporate poignant stories gained from more than 300 60 Minutes features.

During Pelley’s time as chief White House correspondent, he covered the investigation of President Clinton, breaking many original stories in the process. He has also reported on a wide array of domestic and foreign stories from the White House, covering events ranging from child homelessness in Florida to the aftermath of Japan’s natural disaster.

The Washington Times wrote, “The legacy of Edward R. Murrow lives at CBS in the daring, long-range investigations of Scott Pelley.” The Baltimore Sun called Pelley the “single face of the broadcast,” noting that he is trusted with the “biggest interviews and stories.” Allen Neuharth, founder of USA Today, noted that “Pelley threw hardballs” in his 2007 interview with President Bush, and Bob Woodward, writing in The Washington Post said, “Scott Pelley nailed the crucial question” in his interview with former CIA Director, George Tenet. Salon.com said, “He restores a little of our faith in TV news while performing hugely-important, world-bettering reports along the way.”

Pelley has won three George Foster Peabody Awards, a George Polk Award, two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, five Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award, the Writers Guild of America Award, a Loeb Award, and a duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, among others.

Pelley received a 1996 Emmy Award for his work on the TWA Flight 800 disaster and a 1994 Emmy Award for his reporting on the Branch Davidian conflict. While his 2007 Darfur report was honored with another. Pelley has been a correspondent on many prestigious news teams who have, in total, won 37 national Emmy Awards.

New Ideas On Tap For 2020

We are hard at work creating a schedule full of innovative sessions, workshops and educational opportunities. We invite you to join your fellow aviation industry professionals in Grand Rapids at the 2020 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition. This event will provide many exciting networking events for you and your colleagues.  Plan now to connect with industry leaders, top-level decision makers, and other airport professionals from across the globe.

Schedules and agendas for individual committee workshops and meetings are currently being developed and will be posted soon.  Check back for updates.

Committee workshops and meetings are open to all registered attendees, unless otherwise noted.

Become an Exhibitor

Exhibiting at the ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition allows you to showcase your products and services to over 2,000 airport professionals representing over 200 airports – all in one place at one time. Join your current and future airport clients at the largest and fastest growing airport show in North America.

For information about becoming an exhibitor, please contact Brad Lewis, Director of Exhibit Sales & Operations, at blewis@showmgmt.com or 301-625-5123.

Current Exhibitors

Current exhibitors can find important exhibiting information here as it becomes available, using the links below. For any questions, please contact Brad Lewis, Director of Exhibit Sales & Operations, at blewis@showmgmt.com, or 301-625-5123.

Getting to Grand Rapids has never been easier

Air service at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is provided by seven airlines serving 35 major market destinations with 140 daily nonstop flights.

 

As Grand Rapids’ award-winning airport has grown, so have the conveniences and amenities available to you. GRR’s consolidated security checkpoint streamlines the passenger security screening process and provides all passengers access to a beautiful new post-security marketplace filled with new restaurants, retail shops, lounge area, and more.

GRR offers affordable on-site covered parking, just steps from the terminal. Doing business or waiting for your vacation to start? GRR’s upgraded, complimentary Wi-Fi keeps you connected, and their free charging stations keep you plugged in.

GRR’s newly renovated concourses are spacious, comfortable, and offer plenty of pre-flight tastes and treats. Grand Rapids is known as Beer City, U.S.A., and the airport reflects the West Michigan regional culture.

Registration & Payment Information

Please contact us at meetings@airportscouncil.org. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST if you need to reach us by phone at (202) 293-8500.

Sponsorship Information

Please contact Sponsorship at sponsorship@airportscouncil.org or 202-293-8500.

Meeting, Housing & Logistics Questions

Please contact us at meetings@airportscouncil.org. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:00 pm EST if you need to reach us by phone at (202) 293-8500.

Exhibitor Information

Please contact Brad Lewis, Director of Exhibit Sales & Operations at blewis@showmgmt.com or 301-625-5123.

Member Status & Benefits Information

Please contact member services at MemberServices@airportscouncil.org.

Press Inquiries

Please contact Scott Elmore at selmore@airportscouncil.org.

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