Planning is underway for the GSA SmartPay Training Conference! The 2011 conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV, August 16th – 18th. Karen and I recently traveled to Las Vegas for a site visit to check out the conference center, conference hotels and the downtown area.
Attending these site visits every year always gets me geared up for our annual conference and this year’s visit in November was no different. I can’t believe this is the 13th year of the GSA SmartPay conference and what better place then Fabulous Las Vegas! Let me just say, it’s about time! I really enjoyed our visit and think it will be a great location for the conference.
We discovered that Las Vegas has a lot to offer in restaurants, tourist attractions and night life. We had two days to uncover some of the city’s hidden treasures. Each hotel along the Las Vegas strip offers a different theme and attraction. Unfortunately, we only made it to a couple hotels, so we are looking forward to returning in August. Las Vegas is sure to offer something for everyone, and will be a great place to unwind after a day of training.
Read on to learn more about what is in store for this year’s training conference:
Conference Center and Hotels
The conference center and hotels are conveniently located along the Las Vegas strip. The training classes will be held in a beautifully maintained facility that has plenty of meeting space to hold all of our conference activities. There are many eating establishments within walking distance of the meeting space allowing for the perfect spot to grab lunch and/or dinner during the conference. The conference location is also within close proximity to the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
Planning for the conference is under way!
Whether you are new to the program or an experienced A/OPC, a variety of training will be offered at this year’s conference. It is the training event of the year, so don’t miss out on all the great training and networking opportunities that will be available to you. GSA will also be hosting an evening networking event open to all conference attendees to provide further opportunities to connect with other card program managers.
More information on Las Vegas and the conference including the conference location, agenda, hotel/travel information, registration, course descriptions and training schedules will be posted as it becomes available on our conference website, www.gsasmartpayconference.org. Look for online conference registration to open from this site beginning April 28, 2011.
We hope to see you in Las Vegas!
About the Author: Dana Todd is a member of the Office of Charge Card Management’s (OCCM) Service Delivery Division. Karen Link, also part of OCCM, accompanied Dana on the site visit. This is Dana’s third year managing the GSA SmartPay conference.