33rd Annual International Collegiate Conference

Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
3/24/2011 8:00 AM - 3/26/2011 9:00 PM
Register before 2/25/2011 12:00 AM for early registration fee

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Collegiate Conference Theme: Get in the Game: Marketing to the WiiTM Generation

The AMA International Collegiate Conference brings together over 1100 students and their faculty advisors for three days of learning, networking, and fun. Students learn about career paths within the marketing field from representatives from top companies, celebrate their AMA chapters and accomplishments through conference traditions such as the collegiate chapter T-shirt exchange, Exhibit hall, and learn from peers chapter management techniques that work well. Ample time is provided for networking with company representatives and fellow attendees.

Who should attend?
Marketing students looking to learn from industry professionals about careers in the marketing industry, AMA collegiate chapters that want to celebrate their success and learn chapter management techniques, and students and faculty wanting to network with speakers and over 1100 of the best and brightest marketing students and their faculty advisors should definitely attend.

Program Co-Chairs
Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher, University of Alabama - Birmingham
Tim Birrittella, Florida International University

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New Orleans Resources

Thursday, March 24

Attire: Chapter casual (chapter t-shirts, jeans/shorts, sneakers, etc.)

Nintendo Co., Ltd. Case Competition Finals
8:00am – 5:00pm (Business Attire)
7:00am Case Competition A/V Check

SABRE Business Simulation
8:00am – 4:00pm

Chapter Exhibit Setup
8:00am – 3:00pm

Registration
2:00p – 6:30pm

Exhibit Preliminary Judging
3:45p – 4:45pm

Best T-Shirt Competition/T-Shirt Exchange/Networking
4:15p – 5:15pm

President’s Networking Reception
5:30p – 6:15pm

Opening Session w/ keynote Michael McCullough, EVP and CMO of the Miami Heat
7:00p – 8:30pm

Exhibit Session
8:30p –10:00pm

Friday, March 25

Attire: Business casual (dress shirts/polo shirts, khakis/slacks, dresses, nice shoes—no jeans or sneakers!)

Registration
8:30am – 4:00pm

Early Bird Experience Speaks
9:00a – 9:45am

Experience Speaks I
10:00a – 10:45am and 11:00a – 11:45am

Career Corner Lunch w/ Round Tables
12:00p – 2:30pm

Experience Speaks II
3:00p – 3:45pm and 4:00p – 4:45pm

Competitions Ceremony w/ keynote Jim Reed
5:00p – 6:30pm


Saturday, March 26

Attire:
Saturday morning/early afternoon
: Business casual (dress shirts/polo shirts, khakis/slacks, dresses, nice shoes—no jeans or sneakers!)

Saturday evening awards dinner: Business attire (suits, including jackets, ties for men, dress shirts, slacks, shoes)

Registration
8:30am – 12:00pm

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Sales Competition
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Business Attire)

Team Building Session
10:00a – 11:45am

Leadership Sessions
10:30a – 11:15am and 11:30am – 12:15pm

Winning Case Presentation
12:30p – 1:00pm

Team Building Session
12:45p – 2:30pm

2012 Case Competition Introduction
1:00p – 1:45pm

Team Building Session
2:45p - 4:30pm

Awards Banquet w/ dinner
6:30p – 9:00pm
doors open at 6pm

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Hotel:
Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 1 504.525.2500
Fax: 1 504.595.5552
Reservations: 1 888.627.7033
Hotel Website: www.sheratonneworleans.com 
New Orleans CVB: www.neworleanscvb.com 

Welcome to the four-diamond Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, a center for all the radiance that makes New Orleans shine. Work, play or simply relax within an atmosphere of endless excitement from the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. Arise to a breakfast of beignets and café au lait. Lounge in the lobby with the new Link @ Sheraton powered by Microsoft. Spend an afternoon shopping Royal Street and the French Market. Relax in Jackson Square or dine at a world famous restaurant in the French Quarter. Hear the sultry tones of a late night jazz show. And place yourself in the middle of it all right here.
Located on historic Canal Street just steps from the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk from Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras parades, Jazz Fest activities, Harrah’s Casino, the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Riverwalk Marketplace and the assortment of renowned restaurants and live music clubs of the Vieux Carré.  Sheraton New Orleans is where new stories begin as you refresh in the welcoming environment.

Room Rates:
$209.00 Single/Double/Triple/Quad Occupancy
$239.00 Club Level Single/Double/Triple/Quad Occupancy 

Rates are subject to applicable state & local taxes, currently 13% & a $3.00 occupancy tax per room per night (subject to change without notice)

Rates are available three days prior and post of the meeting dates, based on availability.
Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of AMA special rates available.

To make online reservations, please visit the following website:
http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/ama2011

The reservation cut-off date is February 23, 2011.
The AMA has negotiated special group rates for the AMA International Collegiate Conference. You must make your hotel reservations by February 23, 2011 and properly identify yourself to qualify for the special group rate. After February 23, 2011, the rooms will be released for sale to the general public, and all reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at the hotel's available rate - not at the group rate. A deposit equal to (1) one night’s stay is required to hold each reservation. Such deposit shall serve to confirm the reservation for the date(s) indicated, and, upon, check-in, shall be applied to the first night of the reserved stay. The deposit is refundable if cancellation notice is received at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

Check in time is 3:00pm, and check out is 12:00pm. Anyone arriving earlier than 3:00pm will be checked in as soon as room(s) become available. Guests checking out early will be assessed an early departure fee of $100.00 plus tax. Upon check in, guests will be asked to verify their departure date. At that time, scheduled departure dates may be altered.Hotel Features, Services & Accommodations
Please visit the Hotel website at www.sheratonneworleans.com
High speed internet access is available in guestrooms for $6.95-$12.95 + tax daily

Area Attractions, Events and Tourism
Please visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau website for the city of New Orleans at www.neworleanscvb.com.

ADA
The AMA is committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all attendees. If you are an attendee with a disability and require program accommodations, please contact the AMA Meeting Services Department, and a member of our staff will ensure that appropriate access arrangements are made. If you have specific disability related needs for your hotel sleeping room, please be sure to communicate those directly to the hotel when you make your reservation. In an effort to provide the highest quality of service to all attendees, we require that details of all access requests be communicated to our office at least 14 days in advance of the beginning of the meeting.

AMA TRAVEL PROGRAM
We are pleased to announce American Airlines as an official carrier for AMA.

DESTINATION CITY:  New Orleans (MSY)
• 5% off the lowest applicable fare

For reservations, call 1 800.433.1790, and refer to the authorization number/promotion code below:
• 6431DG
Or go directly to www.aa.com to book your flights.

Take advantage of a 5% discount on AA, American Eagle and AmericanConnections. It's simple!  After you have selected your flight(s) under the "Enter Passenger Details" tab, go to the "AA.com Promotion Code" field and enter in your Authorization Code.

Discount Fares are valid for travel on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, oneworld Alliance, and codeshare partners from anywhere to your meeting destination.

Reservations and Ticketing
For reservations and ticketing information, call AmericanAirlines Meeting Services Desk, or have your travel professional call 1 800.433.1790 from anywhere in the United States or Canada, seven days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight (Central Time), and reference the authorization number shown above.  Reservations for the hearing and speech impaired are also available at 1 800.543.1586.  There is a $20.00 reservations service fee for tickets issued through AA reservations, and a $30.00 ticketing fee for tickets issued at the airport.  There is no fee for booking online.

Frequent Flyer Miles
Earn AAdvantage® miles for your trip. The AAdvantage program was the first airline frequent traveler program, and for more than 20 years has offered members the most innovative ways to earn travel awards.  Enroll online at www.aa.com.

TOWER TRAVEL
AMA's travel coordinator, Tower Travel Management,
is available to assist with reservations.  Call 800.542.9700 within the U.S. and Canada.  Reservation lines are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. CST.  Or, you may contact them via email at association@towertravel.com. 

Tower Travel will proactively research airfares on ALL airline carriers to ensure that the lowest available fares are offered to all attendees.  They are dedicated to providing superior customer service and hassle-free travel arrangements.  Please note that fees, restrictions and cancellation penalties will apply
.

Alamo Rent-A-Car
Drive Happy with Alamo. Where American Marketing Association members save up to 20%. And, with self-serve check-in you can skip the counter, check-in at the kiosk and drive away. All you need is a valid driver's license, major credit card and an existing reservation. It's that easy. To make a reservation click here: https://www.alamo.com/index.do?action=/hotDealsTemplate&msg=alamo-ama
or call Alamo Rent A Car at 1 800.462.5266. Be sure to request Contract ID AMA7745 at the time of reservation.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Great Cars. Low Rates. Free Pick-up.
When you’re ready to go, we make it easy with everyday low rates on great cars. With the largest fleet in North America and a wide variety of vehicles, Enterprise has you covered. Plus, we're always nearby at more than 6,000 neighborhood and airport locations. Reserve and Save:
http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=002&cust=AMA7745&cm_mmc=AMA-_-Discount-_-AMA7745-_-null
Pick-up and drop-off service is subject to geographic and other restrictions.

National Car Rental
As an American Marketing Association member, you'll get up to 20% off rentals at National Car Rental.  And, with the Emerald Club® from National Car Rental, you can bypass the counter and choose your own car. To enroll now, click here: www.emeraldclub.com.
To make a reservation online click here:
https://www.nationalcar.com/index.do?action=/hotDealsTemplate&msg=national-ama
or call National Car Rental at 1 800.CAR.RENT® and reference Contract ID AMA7745 at the time of reservation. 
Go National. Go Like a Pro.

Area Airport & Directions
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
Distance from hotel: 15 miles
Drive time: 20-25 minutes depending on time of day & traffic
Directions: Take Interstate 10 Downtown/East/Slidell to the New Orleans Business District, exiting at Poydras St. Continue on Poydras St. to Camp St. Turn left on Camp St. Go 3 blocks & the hotel will be on the right side on the corner of Camp & Canal.  

From East
Take Interstate 10 West to the Canal Street Exit  #235B.  Turn right on Canal Street.  The hotel is about 10 blocks down on the right side (at the corner of Camp Street).

From North
From the Causeway exit, take Interstate 10 East to the New Orleans Business District. Continue to the Poydras Street exit. Follow Poydras Street for approximately 8 blocks. Turn left on Camp Street.
Continue on Camp Street for approximately 3 blocks.
The hotel will be on the right.

From South
Take Highway 90 to the Westbank Expressway.
Proceed on the Westbank Expressway to the Crescent City Connection (approximately 10 miles).
From the right lane, exit at Camp Street (8 red lights).
Turn right on Canal Street.

Transportation
Taxi Cab
Taxis are readily available at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.  Rates are approximately $35.00 one-way from the airport to the Sheraton New Orleans (rates are subject to change without notice). The hotel Doorman will be happy to assist you with taxis during your stay.

Shuttle Service
Airport Shuttle New Orleans is the Official Ground Transportation Provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. They offer transportation to and from Downtown & Uptown New Orleans Hotels, the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and the Cruise Terminals.

Fares are $20.00 one way and $38.00 round trip (fares are subject to change without notice).  For more information please call 1 504.522.3500 or visit www.airportshuttleneworleans.com.

Arrival - If purchasing your ticket(s) at the Airport, proceed to the baggage claim area on the ground level. After you have retrieved your luggage, proceed to the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk, located across from baggage claim areas 3, 6 and 12. Service is available on a continuous basis with vans departing approximately every 30 minutes.

Departure - For Departure Reservations, please call 1 504.522.3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. Your advance reservation will ensure your timely departure from the Airport. Domestic flights require passengers to arrive 2-hours prior to flight departure. International flights require passengers to arrive 3-hours prior to flight departure. Please inform the Reservations of any international flight in order to schedule an earlier pick-up time.

For more ground transportation options please visit the Louis Armstrong International website at: http://www.flymsy.com.

Streetcar
The hotel is also located right on the Streetcar line. Streetcars provide transit along Canal Street and up St. Charles Avenue. Cost: $1.50.

Parking at the Hotel
Valet parking service is available on a first come first serve basis (spaces are limited and oversized vehicles are not permitted). Vehicles are secured in a covered garage adjacent to the hotel. The overnight parking rate for cars is $33.54 including tax per night (subject to change without notice).