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2013 ICAS Convention:an Overview
December 2 – 5, 2013
The International Council of Air Shows held its first convention in 1967. Since then, the air show community has gathered every year to exchange ideas, conduct business and begin the process of planning the upcoming air show season. This year, the ICAS Convention will be held on December 2, 3, 4 & 5 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. ICAS expects approximately 1,500 air show professionals to attend the 2013 ICAS Convention.
For the 2013 ICAS Convention
For most air show professionals, the ICAS exhibit hall is one giant 60,000 square foot classroom. At any given point during the ICAS Convention, it will contain – virtually – every air show expert in North America.
Think of that. More than 1,500 subject matter experts. All in one place. All at the same time. All willing and able to share that expertise with you.
Year in and year out, our convention delegates tell us that the exhibit sessions are the single most important part of the convention. That’s why we focus much of the organization’s attention on making it the best possible tool for introducing air show performers and support service providers to the event organizers who organize and conduct air shows.
And, to ensure that the activity on the exhibit hall floor gets the full attention of all our convention delegates, ICAS does not schedule any other educational sessions, meetings or events while the exhibit hall is open.
Exhibit booths at the ICAS Convention are still available. For more information and available booth locations contact Karen Connors at ICAS headquarters, by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 703-779-8510.
ICAS will offer nearly 70 different educational sessions during the 2013 ICAS Convention. The topics and the format of this extensive education program have been fine-tuned during the 40+ years that ICAS has been running this important education event. Indeed, long before the ICAS Convention included a trade show and exhibit hall, ICAS members were attending this annual business meeting to meet, discuss and learn from one another.
Educational programming includes everything from a pre-convention, day-long, information-packed introductory workshop on air show air/ground operations to a series of 70 hour-long break-out sessions conducted throughout the convention. And the education program for the 2013 ICAS Convention will include some of our perennially most popular sessions, as well as a large number of new programs designed to help you look at the air show industry from a somewhat different perspective.
Stand-alone seminars scheduled for the 2013 ICAS Convention include the Air Force Open House Workshop on Monday, December 2, Air Shows 101: Air/Ground Operations Training and Sponsorship for Events Workshop on Monday, December 2, and Air Boss 201: Advanced Air Boss Workshop on Wednesday, December 4.
Registration information will be available after May 15, 2013.
Dress for the ICAS Convention
Generally, dress for the ICAS Convention is business casual.
Though there is no official policy within the military, with the exception of Flight Suit Day on Wednesday and Mess Dress for the Chairman’s Banquet on Thursday evening, it is unusual for military representatives to wear their military uniforms.
Wednesday is Flight Suit Day. All pilots and performers are encouraged to wear their flight suits.
The Thursday night Chairman’s Banquet is a “black tie optional” event. Though many of our convention delegates choose to wear tuxedos (Mess Dress for military), and evening dresses, they are not required, and you will not feel out of place if you come in less formal attire.
The Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Convention Center will be the host hotel for the ICAS Convention in 2013. Located on The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard), the Paris Las Vegas Hotel is decorated with numerous fountains and statuary as well as replicas of Parisian landmarks (including a one-half scale Eiffel Tower), conveying the grace and elegance of its namesake. The rooms at Paris Las Vegas Hotel are decorated in classic European style and craftsmanship. The hotel has 20 different restaurants, numerous clubs and bars, and a wide variety of upscale shops.
The hotel’s meeting space is ideally suited for the ICAS Convention. Large, open meeting space concentrated in a small corner of the hotel will ensure that ICAS Convention delegates will be able to conduct their business comfortably, easily and with a comparative minimum of walking.
ICAS negotiated with the Paris Las Vegas Hotel to offer rooms to ICAS Convention delegates at the heavily discounted rate of $99, guaranteed through November 7, 2013. This discounted rate includes in-room internet for the duration of your stay and from December 1 through December 5 - 25% off dinner in Le Provencale and Le Village Buffet and 2 for 1 drinks until 9:00pm in Le Cabaret and Napoleans. The Paris Las Vegas Hotel has set up a special website for ICAS members to reserve a sleeping room during the convention. Click here to make your reservation or call the Paris toll free number at 888-266-5687. Be sure to identify yourself with Group Code SPCIS3.
Be Aware of Convention Scams
Every year there is at least one company contacting ICAS members for room reservations at the Paris Hotel or exhibit hall services. These companies are NOT affiliated with ICAS or the Paris Hotel.