Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference WILL BE RESCHEDULED
New dates: Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2017, on Jekyll Island
Thursday, Sept. 7 - Hurricane Irma continues to be an extremely dangerous category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. The projected path includes the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coast.
Our first priority is the safety and well being of all of our conference participants, vendors, and residents of the coast. With that in mind, the Conference Oversight Committee has made the decision to cancel the Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference next week and reschedule it for October 30 - November 2, 2017, on Jekyll Island.
Here's the new schedule:
- Monday, October 30 - early exhibitor move in, early registration check in, GACVB BBQ & Cornhole tournament
- Tuesday, October 31 - conference begins at 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1 - conference continues all day
- Thursday, November 2 - conference concludes at 1:30 p.m.
In speaking with the conference presenters, most of them will be able to come during the new dates, so we expect to be able to offer an agenda almost identical to what we had planned for next week.
ALL FOUR OF OUR HOST HOTELS ARE GOING TO TRANSFER ALL OF OUR GROUP'S RESERVATIONS TO THE NEW DATES FOR US. You don't have to contact your hotel today.
If you are not able to attend the conference due to a conflict with the new dates, you will be able to cancel your room, and we will refund your registration fees.
There are many moving parts involved in moving an event of this size. I'd like to thank the professionals at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, The Jekyll Westin, The Jekyll Island Club, The Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island, the Hampton Inn Jekyll Island and all of our conference vendors and suppliers. They have been truly remarkable and hospitable to us even as they continue to serve the guests they have in-house and prepare themselves and their own families for evacuation.
Please keep in mind that your conference office located in Savannah as well as our hotels and convention center on Jekyll Island will likely be evacuating in the coming days. Emergency officials have indicated that after the storm passes it could be 7 days before we'd be allowed back in. So, you probably will not get your email confirmation this week. But please be assured the rescheduling arrangements for our lodging and our conference are being made for us.
Please keep all of the people in Irma's path in your thoughts and prayers.
Julie Ford Musselman, TMP
Georgia Association of CVBs
Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference