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What to expect at #MACU13


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What to expect at #MACU13

  1. 1. PRE-CONFERENCE GUIDE What you need to know before you go!Airport If you haven’t booked your flights yet, WestJet is offering conference attendees a 10% discount off their best available fare for those flying in and out of either Vancouver or Abbostford. Please quote convention code CC7339 when booking. Additional details can be found by reading the WestJet Conference Convention Promise.Ground Transportation The Westin is not near the airport. The closest airports would be either Vancouver or Abbotsford. The trip from Vancouver airport would take approx 2 hrs, which may seem far, but it is one of the world’s great scenic drives. We have discounted car rental rates available with National Car Rental and Enterprise. Cost for parking is $30 (plus tax) for self parking and $34 (plus tax) for valet parking. If you are interested in carpooling you may want to post on the MACU member only forum so you can connect with others wishing to do the same. You can also hop on the Pacific Coach Lines Skylinx Service coach for $65/pp each way. The bus ride is approx 3 hours as it stops at some hotels in Vancouver prior to making its way up to Whistler.Hotel The Westin Whistler is located at 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 right in the heart of Whistler Village. Check in is at 4pm and check out is at 11am. We have secured discounted rooms for our delegates starting at $165/night (studio jr. suite). All rooms include a fireplace, flat panel television, soaker tub, kitchen, and windows that open to fresh mountain air. You can book online. Note that rates are only being held until April 24th (subject to availability). Internet is complimentary in all guest rooms.Conference We anticipate approximately 130 - 150 attendees which is a great size to connect with fellow marketers. Attire is business casual with many dressing up for the AIME Gala dinner on Tuesday evening. 
Monday at 4:00pm during the welcome reception in Emerald C. For those of you not attending the reception you can register Tuesday morning beginning at 7:30am in the Emerald Foyer.
  2. 2. PRE-CONFERENCE GUIDE The conference will commence Tuesday morning with a continental breakfast starting at 8:30am in Emerald A&B. Our first keynote speaker will begin promptly at 9:00am. The full agenda can be found here. Basic internet service will be available in the conference rooms for the duration of the conference.Optional Events We have arranged two fun and educational events for the Monday prior to the conference; an Innovation Workshop and a photo scavenger hunt. Details on both can be found on the agenda. You do not have to be attending the conference to attend these events (so companions are welcome)!Seeing Whistler There are numerous activities available for you to get out and see Whistler. We have selected a couple of popular ones (Zip Lining, Monkido and the Scandinave Spa) that you can reserve directly online with Tourism Whistler. We have also secured discounted lift tickets for those of you wanting to go on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (photo at right). Click here to book your tickets directly with Whislter Blackcomb.Connect on Twitter During the conference we will be tweeting about the speakers and events using the hashtag #MACU13. Feel free to join the conversation. We have created Twitter lists to make it easier for you to connect with everyone. Subscribe to the following Twitter lists and start tweeting: • Attendees • Sponsors We look forward to hosting you in Whistler. If you have any additional questions please email