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Conference Connections: What You Might Want to Know About The Conference Hotel

14 Sep 2019 7:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


The Marriott Gateway Hotel at the Atlanta Airport was chosen for its convenient airport location and its good fit for a SIETAR USA conference. In a spirit of fairness, we plan the conferences to move around the country to provide nearby locations every few years. We were in San Diego in 2017 and now on the East Coast in 2019. In 2020, we will be in the center of the country. You will find the Marriott experience one to enjoy. Their hospitality is world-renowned.

The lobby is newly updated. When you arrive, there will be helpful staff waiting to check you in. You will see SIETAR USA people sitting and chatting in the lobby or perhaps in the lobby bar—both good places for sitting and catching up or meeting other attendees.

When you have checked in, you may need some way to relax. Consider a swim or some exercise. The hotel has a salt water swimming pool (pack a swimsuit!) and an adjacent fitness center.

The traditional wellness program will begin at 7 AM on Thursday morning but you are welcome to use the fitness center and pool whenever they are open.

Perhaps you are a person who likes to rest after a flight and you can expect very comfortable beds in your assigned room. You ask, “But near one of the world’s busiest airports?” The SIETAR USA Board of Directors held its annual retreat meeting at the Atlanta Marriott Gateway to check out the noise level. We were all amazed at how quiet it is. If you really listen hard, you could be aware of airplane noise, but we found that it is quieter than a hotel near a freeway. Noise should not be an issue for any of us, whether sleeping or listening to a Master Workshop or concurrent session presenter or keynote speaker.

SIETAR USA conference goers know that we do serve a lot of food so no one leaves our conferences hungry. If you need something first thing in the morning—before the rest of us are awake—you can find food and Starbucks coffee to buy in the Terminal East Market off the Marriott lobby. There will be a morning break with food and beverages, lunch in the middle of the day, and an afternoon break with food and beverages. Friday—and only Friday—is a special morning because we will provide a full breakfast for you. It is also the annual business meeting that is required by our By Laws. Do plan to come and find out more about the State of SIETAR USA. Meet the scholarship awardees, meet the Board of Directors, learn how you can get involved. Find out about the SIETAR USA Academy Leadership Program.

What about the meeting rooms? They are off this corridor—another good place to mingle between sessions, after lunch, during the breaks. We wanted to make sure that hotel offered the opportunity to run into someone you’ve been meaning to connect with or look at the exhibits or sit for a few minutes with an old friend and this is it! Picture it full of SIETAR USA people from across the country and the globe.

The ballroom—picture it without the long tables. Put in round tables where you can listen to a keynote speaker. At lunch you can sit here too. This is the hub of the conference where there will be the opening session, opening keynote address, meals, the closing keynote and closing session.

Register today and join us for an exciting SIETAR USA conference! 


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