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July 13-16, 2014
Savannah, GA

General Meeting Information

The 54th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society will be held July 13-16, 2014 at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia.  Standing 15 stories in Savannah’s Historic District, overlooking Madison Square, historic mansions, and oaks draped in Spanish moss, the Hilton Savannah DeSoto is a timeless sparkle on the Savannah skyline.  The downtown hotel is steps from Savannah’s treasured landmarks, museums, theaters, parks, and incredible dining and shopping.  Walk to exciting attractions like River Street, City Market, Forsyth Park, Historic Savannah Theater, Savannah Civic Center and Savannah College of Art & Design.

The Society will continue to use a 2½ day format for the meeting.  The technical program will begin Monday morning and end around noon on Wednesday.  Our meeting will kick off with the President’s Reception on Sunday evening.  As the official welcoming event of the meeting, this reception is an excellent time to reacquaint with old friends, meet new friends, and just relax.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres and your favorite beverages will be served.  The Monday evening Poster Session and Reception presents a great opportunity to examine posters and exhibits while enjoying great food and beverage.  The APMS Reception and Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening will be another memorable event where we will recognize those who have served and contributed to our Society, welcome new officers and directors, and present student paper and other awards.  This year, a two hour cruise down the river on the Savannah River Queen will be our venue for the awards banquet.  These special events are free to all registered delegates, students, and guests.  Non-registered guests may purchase individual tickets for these events at the registration desk.

 

Hotel Reservations

Due to the unexpected high demand not seen in recent years for accommodations, the APMS conference room block at the Hilton DeSoto is nearly full. Here are several options for reserving a room at either the Hilton DeSoto or our overflow hotel, the Country Inn and Suites on Montgomery Street, a seven minute walk to the Hilton. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Hilton DeSoto: Online Reservations or (877) 280-0751
Country Inn and Suites: (912) 921-5300

Option 1:

Delegates can book a guest room at the Hilton on Sunday and Monday at the block rate ($134/night) and a King corner suite for Tuesday night at $185/night, but will have to move to the king corner suite on Tuesday and check out on Wednesday.

Option 2:

Delegates can book a guest room at the Hilton on Sunday and Monday at the block rate ($134/night) and a guest room at the Country Suites for Tuesday night at $129/night, but will have to move to the Country Suites on Tuesday and check out on Wednesday.

Option 3:

Delegates can book their guest room at the Country Suites beginning on Sunday and check out Wednesday at the rate of $129/night.

Hotel reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling the Hilton Savannah DeSoto directly at (877) 280-0751.  When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are part of the Aquatic Plant Management Society.  The cutoff date for reservations at the special group rate is June 23, 2014.  Our special APMS guest room rate is $134.00 for single and double occupancy per night plus applicable tax.  These group rates are available three days prior to the conference and three days post conference.  The Hilton DeSoto requires that all reservations be guaranteed with a major credit card or a deposit.  Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival or you will be charged one night’s room and tax.  Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 p.m.  If you choose to depart earlier than your reserved departure date, the hotel will charge one night room and tax.

 

Guest Activities

This year, our spouses, children, and guests will be treated to a trolley tour of Savannah.  You will be picked up at the Hotel at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 3:00 p.m.  The experience begins with a trolley ride through historic Savannah, home to stately Southern architecture and distinctive park-like squares and a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the founder of the Girl Scouts.  We will also visit The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist which is compared to some of the most beautiful churches in Europe.  We will continue with lunch at the Johnny Harris Restaurant and Barbecue Sauce Company. Established in 1924, Johnny Harris Restaurant continues to be one of the largest and most popular full service restaurants in the city.  After lunch, we will travel back roads with beautiful marsh views, have great picture opportunities in front of a mile long oak lined drive of a former plantation, see elegant homes on “The Bluff” overlooking the waterway, and then end for refreshments and cookie sampling at Byrd Cookie Company, a Savannah favorite since 1924.

 

Registration Fees

The meeting registration fees are $275.00 for a delegate and $130.00 for a guest (spouse, partner, child over 12 years of age) if received by June 22, 2014.  After this date, registration fees at the door will be $330.00 for a delegate and $155.00 for a guest.  The meeting registration fee for a student competing in the student paper contest (oral or poster) is waived and the registration fee for a student not competing is $75.00.  Delegate and student registration includes all technical sessions, President’s Reception, refreshment breaks, Poster Reception, and Awards Banquet.  Guest registration includes President’s Reception, refreshment breaks, Guest Tour, Poster Reception, and Awards Banquet.  Non-registered guests may purchase individual tickets for these events.

 

Transportation

The Hilton Savannah DeSoto is only a 20 minute drive from the Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport and is easily accessible by taxi, limousine, rental car or commercial shuttle service.  Getting around the city is very convenient.  Free shuttle service and the free River Street Streetcar are available along with the downtown Trolley.  Trolley tours that take you around the Historical District are also available.

 

Meeting Sponsorship

Would you like to be a Meeting Sponsor and assist the APMS in conducting an informative and successful meeting for the education, scientific, and operational advancement of aquatic plant management?  Information on sponsorship and exhibiting at the annual meeting is available by contacting Craig Aguillard (phone: 337-290-1096, e-mail: caguillard@landolakes.com).

 

This is guaranteed to be an extraordinary meeting, so plan to attend and bring the family!  Please help us in planning for the 54th Annual Meeting by submitting your registration form by June 22, 2014