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  • Papers for Conference Proceedings being accepted until May 4. (April 23, 2007)
    If you gave a paper, poster, or computer demo at GWS2007, we urge you to think about submitting your presentation to the conference proceedings, which will be published on CD in PDF format and as a paperback book. Deadline is May 4. Here are the instructions.

  • On-line registration has concluded, but you can still register on site. (April 10, 2007)
    The on-line registration form has now been removed. If you haven't yet registered for the conference, you can still do so on-site at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul. The registration desk will be open from 1:30–10:00 pm on Sunday, April 15, and from 7:30 am each morning thereafter. Look for the signs that say "Walk-In Registration" at the Registration Desk on the hotel's Lower Level.
  • GWS Office will be closed from April 12–22. (April 10, 2007)
    The GWS office will be closed from April 12–22 while we are in St. Paul for the conference. If you have a late change in the program to communicate to us, or need to cancel your attendance at the conference, please send an email to
  • Tickets now on sale for Native Cuisine Luncheon. (March 21, 2007)
    A small number of tickets are now available for registrants who'd like to attend the luncheon honoring the George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship Winners. The luncheon will be held poolside at the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday, April 17, from noon to 1:30, and will feature Native American cuisine. It's a great opportunity to meet these promising students from diverse backgrounds. Tickets are $27 and you can sign up on the conference registration form.
  • Calling all Talent! Musicians needed for Auction Gala! (March 21, 2007)
    We are seeking the musical talent of our members and friends to join in the Gala Event of the George Wright Society Silent Auction Gala Wrap-Up on Tuesday evening. Last time, as many may recall, we had an amazing evening of Irish jigs and African drums courtesy of our members. This year we are seeking similar and other such talents to entertain. All funds from the silent auction go to support our student scholarship program so we need to get people to bid early and bid often! If you have a musical talent that you are willing to share, please contact Gillian Bowser at
  • Discounted sleeping rooms sold out at Crowne Plaza, City Center hotels. (March 21, 2007)
    Our block of sleeping rooms at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza, and at our nearby overflow hotel, the City Center Hotel St. Paul, are now full. This means there are no more rooms available for at the federal per diem rate of $113 + tax; rooms may still be available other rates.

    If you have not secured a hotel room reservation yet, we suggest you proceed as follows: (1) Try calling the Crowne Plaza first (1-651-292-1900) to see if there have been any cancellations among the GWS room block. (2) If that doesn't work, try calling the City Center Hotel St. Paul next (1-651-291-8800) and see if they've had any recent cancellations. (In our experience, sometimes people have been able to get rooms at the per diem rate that way, especially if they are seeking rooms for only one or two nights rather than for the whole week.) (3) Try calling the Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown (Rivercentre) at 1-651-225-1515. About 5 blocks from the Crowne Plaza, this is the next closest hotel. Or, try either the Embassy Suites at 1-651-224-5400 or the Best Western Kelly Inn at 1-651-227-8711. Both of these are about a mile from the Crowne Plaza. The GWS does not have a room block at any of these hotels, so you'll have to negotiate your own rate. Federal per diem rate rooms may not be available.
  • Conference schedule and program guide/abstract book now available for viewing / downloading. (March 21, 2007)
    A complete Daily Schedule of Events is now available — click the "complete program & abstracts" link above. On that same page you will also find a link to the Program Guide & Abstracts book, which has all the abstracts for the concurrent and poster sessions.
  • Giving a paper? Preparing a poster? Shipping materials to the hotel? Need instructions? (March 12, 2007)
    Are you preparing a paper or poster for presentation at GWS2007? Do you need to ship an exhibit or other materials to the hotel? If you are, please take a few moments to read the instructions for authors and presenters. We urge you to think about submitting your presentation to the conference proceedings, which will be published on CD in PDF format and as a paperback book. Click the link above for more information.
  • Northwest Airlines offers discounts on flights to GWS2007. (October 26, 2006)
    Northwest Airlines is offering discounts of 5–10% off their regular fares for GWS2007 attendees. (More info)

We know that travel & training budgets are tight...

  • Everyone in our profession is on a strict budget, especially for training and travel. Our goal is to maximize your investment by making the GWS Conference the best educational and training value available to park professionals. We’ve put together a page of travel justification talking points and budget-cutting tips to help you make your case for attending GWS2007 ... and keep your costs down while you’re with us in the Twin Cities.