Advancing Progress:
You’re Invited to the 2024 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition

Join us in Grand Rapids as we continue to problem solve and move forward as an industry with a unified voice built through consensus and collaboration.

ACI-NA is excited to bring the airport industry together again during the 2024 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition. We can’t wait to reunite our industry September 7 – 10, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Over the years, attendees have counted on the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition to stay ahead of emerging trends, see the latest industry solutions, and connect with friends and colleagues. While so much has changed in our ever-evolving industry, attendees can continue to count on ACI-NA to deliver a forward-thinking conference agenda that positions the industry for success in the years to come.

Join us in Grand Rapids!

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Book Early

We expect this year’s hotel room blocks to fill quickly!  Make your reservations at one of our three conference hotels today.

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Industry Solutions

Thank you to our industry exhibitors who continue to support the industry’s largest “for airports, by airports” trade show in the world.

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Insightful Education

This year’s conference offers a robust offering of educational sessions to keep you ahead of the curve. Check out our agenda.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors for their generous support. Events like this are not possible without our sponsors!

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Compelling Workshops

Our committee workshops cover nearly every topic of airport management, including the environment, legal, finance, planning, and more.

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Register Early and Save

Come for a day or stay for the entire conference.  Check out which option works best for you.  Register by June 14, 2024, for early bird rates.

2024 Registration Rates and Information

Confirmed exhibiting companies may register staff here.

Registration Categories

Early Bird Rate (USD)

Before June 14, 2024

Regular Rate (USD)

Before July 26, 2024

Late / On-Site Rate (USD)

After July 26, 2024

Member Rate

$1,075

$1,185

$1,295

Non-Member Rate

$2,015

$2,125

$2,235

U.S./Canadian Federal Government Rate*

$600

$600

$600

Student Rate*

$350

$350

$350

Guest Rate*

$350

$350

$350

Member One Day Pass

$670

$725

$780

Non-Member One Day Pass

$1,135

$1,190

$1,245

Registration Information
Conference registration includes access to all educational sessions and materials (unless noted), receptions, all food functions including breakfasts, lunches, and breaks as listed on the conference agenda. Registration confirmation will be sent by email to fully paid conference attendees using the email address provided during registration. If you do not receive confirmation within 3 business days after submitting your registration, email meetings@airportscouncil.org.


Cancellations
Cancellations sent to meetings@airportscouncil.org on or before July 26, 2024, are refundable but subject to a $100 administrative fee. Refunds will be credited back to the original payment method within 14 business days. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations after July 26, 2024. After this date, ACI-NA has guaranteed attendance participation with event partners and venues. Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation. Non-receipt of a confirmation registration before the event does not justify seeking a refund. Substitutions for the same event are honored at any time for confirmed, paid registrants with requests sent to meetings@airportscouncil.org. ACI-NA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the event due to unforeseen circumstances and will provide a full refund of the registration fees. Other costs incurred by the registrant, such as airfare or hotel penalties, are the responsibility of the registrant.


Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors who need to register their personnel should use the forms found on the exhibitor page here.


Guest Registration
Guest registrations are available for full conference attendees; guests cannot register independently; the attendee must register the guest. A guest is a spouse/significant other, friend, or adult child who is not attending for business or educational purposes. A co-worker or an associate within the industry may not use the guest registration. Guest registration includes attendance at all exhibition hall events, awards luncheons, and event receptions.


Student Registration
If an ACI-NA event has a full-time student registration option, the student must provide a copy of a current full-time student ID from an accredited educational institution prior to registering.


Pre-Registration
Attendees will be included on the pre-registration roster if registration payment is received by June 14, 2024.


Onsite Registration
Onsite registration will be available throughout the conference, starting on Saturday, September 7, from 7:30 am at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Hotel Information

Due to popular demand, hotel rooms at the ACI-NA official conference hotels are currently sold out at the ACI-NA discounted group rate over specific dates. While there may be rooms available at these hotels, unfortunately, ACI-NA was unable to secure additional rooms at the discounted group rate.

We encourage you to check back regularly, as cancellations may occur. You can use the ACI-NA hotel booking links below to look for availability at the following hotels and potentially secure the ACI-NA discounted rate at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton; JW Marriott Grand Rapids; Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown; and Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids.

If you have not secured a hotel reservation, ACI-NA has partnered with aRes Travel, a trusted third-party travel planner. You can search for available hotel options through their platform.

Please Note: Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary when booking through aRes Travel, and guests are responsible for reviewing and understanding these policies. If you have any questions regarding hotel policies or payments made on the aRes website, please contact the aRes Reservation Center, or the hotel directly.

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Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

Due to popular demand, hotel rooms at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton are currently sold out at the ACI-NA discounted group rate.

ACI-NA discounted group rate: starting at $199 per night, plus applicable taxes.

Booking deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2024

Connected to the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Guarantee & Cancellation Policy: All reservations will be guaranteed for the first night’s room and tax. Cancellations made prior to 48 hours of arrival will not be charged.

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JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Due to popular demand, hotel rooms at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids are currently sold out at the ACI-NA discounted group rate.

ACI-NA discounted group rate: starting at $219 per night, plus applicable taxes.

Booking deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2024

Two blocks from the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Guarantee & Cancellation Policy: All reservations will be guaranteed for the first night’s room and tax. Cancellations made prior to 48 hours of arrival will not be charged.

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Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown

Due to popular demand, hotel rooms at the Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown are currently sold out at the ACI-NA discounted group rate.

ACI-NA discounted group rate: starting at $189 per night, plus applicable taxes.

Booking deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2024

Two blocks from the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Guarantee & Cancellation Policy: All reservations will be guaranteed for the first night’s room and tax. Cancellations made prior to 48 hours of arrival will not be charged.

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Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids

Due to popular demand, hotel rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids are currently sold out at the ACI-NA discounted group rate.

ACI-NA discounted group rate: starting at $219 per night, plus applicable taxes.

Booking deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2024

Connected to the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Guarantee & Cancellation Policy: All reservations will be guaranteed for the first night’s room and tax. Cancellations made prior to 48 hours of arrival will not be charged.

Duplicate Hotel Reservations
ACI-NA considers multiple hotel reservations within the group block under the same name for the conference dates as ‘duplicate reservations’. Unassigned duplicates within two weeks of the reservation being made may be subject to cancellation with or without prior notification. This measure is designed to maintain clarity and fairness for all attendees seeking accommodation. Attendees should ensure a single hotel reservation under the name as registered for the conference. Past duplicate reservations have caused the ACI-NA hotel block to prematurely sell out, causing attendee displacement and financial penalties to ACI-NA due to last-minute cancellations.

Sub-Block Requests
Any company needing more than 10 hotel rooms within a sub-block would need to have their request approved by ACI-NA first with a signed agreement, please email meetings@airportscouncil.org for additional information.

Third Parties
Be advised that outside vendors might contact you offering event housing, exhibit hall assistance, sell unofficial attendee rosters, and other ACI-NA Conference-related services. Note that the only companies who are official ACI-NA Conference partners are Show Management Solutions (SMS) and Hargrove. If any companies other than the aforementioned attempt to secure your business, please report any unauthorized solicitation to meetings@airportscouncil.org.

The 2024 Annual Conference and Exhibition schedule at a glance is available to download, featuring a full range of innovative sessions, workshops and educational opportunities.

Check back for additional agenda updates soon!

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.

All attendees and exhibitors are welcome to attend the Committee Workshops on Saturday, September 7.

The following Committee Workshops will feature individual track agendas from the following Committees:

  • Business Information Technology
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Finance
  • Legal Affairs
  • Operations, Planning, Safety, Infrastructure, & Development

Please keep checking back for updates on these Workshop agendas.

Visit the 2024 Annual Conference and Exhibition agenda page to see the full conference agenda.

Welcome to Grand Rapids!

Dear Airport Industry Colleagues, 

As your host airport for the 2024 Airports Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) Annual Conference, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority and our partner, Experience Grand Rapids, invites you to join us in Beer City, USA from September 7th to 10th. 

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is at the heart of significant developments, and we are eager to showcase our commitment to innovation and excellence. Our airport is undergoing transformative enhancements, reflecting more than $500 million in investments to modernize our facilities, optimize operational efficiencies, and provide an exceptional guest experience.  

The conference will be a hub for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration. It is a unique opportunity to engage with industry peers, connect with esteemed vendors, and explore the latest innovations in the airport and aviation sector. We hope that the discussions and connections forged during this event will contribute to the continued success and advancement of our industry. 

Beyond the conference sessions, Grand Rapids, MI, offers a vibrant backdrop for your visit. As the second largest city in Michigan, our community boasts a blend of cultural richness, recreational adventures along the lakeshore, a thriving craft brewery scene with over 40 craft breweries, family-friendly activities, and more. Whether you choose to explore our renowned museums, savor culinary delights from over 950 restaurants, or extend your stay to experience one of the world’s largest public art competitions, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids has something for everyone. 

The closing night festivities will be held at an extraordinary venue, showcasing the diverse tapestry and lively experiences of our city. A short distance from the conference hotels, you are invited to join us for an evening of celebration and camaraderie on September 10th. 

The ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition is a highlight on our industry calendar, and we are honored to be your hosts for this prestigious event. We look forward to welcoming you to Grand Rapids in September and trust that your time with us will be both professionally enriching and personally inspiring. 

Warm regards, 

Tory Richardson
President and CEO
Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority 

Don’t miss out on exploring beyond the conference! GrandRapidsAttendee.com is your one-stop shop to unlock exclusive discounts and insider tips for restaurants, attractions, and all things Grand Rapids. Discover why we’re called “America’s Best Beer City” and experience the city’s vibrant culture, delicious food scene, and endless craft beverages.

Meet Your Keynote Speakers

Michael Smerconish

Nationally-Syndicated Sirius XM Radio Talk Show Host, CNN Host, and Best-Selling Author

Sirius XM radio and CNN television host Michael Smerconish is on a mission to restore civility and compromiseto our public discourse. For three decades, he’s had a front-row seat to the increase in polarization that has gripped the nation. He sees the current climate as part of a much larger disconnect in society fueled by technology and self-sorting, having a serious impact on the mental health of our youth. The Mingle Project is both his diagnosis and prescription for the problem, presented through anecdotes, social science …and a few laughs!

Sheryl Connelly

Leading Futurist & Global Consumer Trends Expert, Legendary Chief Futurist at Ford Motor Company from 1996-2023

When the world’s top companies want to understand what’s next for their businesses and how they can create the next big breakthrough in their industries, they turn to world-renowned futurist Sheryl Connelly. Connelly is a global trends and consumer expert whose mastery at identifying what’s coming around the corner and the potential influences on customer attitudes and behavioral patterns that directly impact business strategy is unparalleled.

From 1996 to 2023, Connelly was a cornerstone presence on Ford Motor Company’s global trends and futuring team, working her way up the ranks at the automotive juggernaut and becoming the company’s chief futurist. Connelly draws upon her business foresight expertise and experiences at Ford to help organizations in any industry identify and analyze global consumer trends in order to lay the groundwork for long-term, futurefocused planning and strategy across the entire company, and anticipate the ever-evolving needs and desires of the people they serve.

Registration & Payment Information

Please contact meetings@airportscouncil.org or (202) 293-8500.

Hotel & Logistics Conference Information

Please contact meetings@airportscouncil.org or (202) 293-8500.

Sponsorship Information

Please contact Karynna Baresel, Sponsorship Manager at sponsorship@airportscouncil.org or 856-428-0641.

Exhibitor Information

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

Membership Information

Please contact member services at memberservices@airportscouncil.org.

Press Inquiries

Please contact Scott Elmore at selmore@airportscouncil.org.

Thank You to Our Sponsors