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GBA Spring Conference 2021

 

Apr 22, 2021 @ 8:00 am - Apr 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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Save the date and plan to join more than 150 geoprofessional executive level industry leaders for GBA’s 2021 Spring Conference taking place at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel in San Diego, California on April 22-24, 2021.

On-line registration will open in late January 2021.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • 8:00AM – 1:00PM – GBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM – Group Liaison Meetings (Technical, Operations, and External Affairs)
  • 2:00PM – 5:00PM – Committee Meetings
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM – GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting
  • 6:30PM – 7:00PM – First Timer Attendee Reception
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

Friday, April 23, 2021

  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Buffet Breakfast
  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Council of Fellows Meeting and Buffet Breakfast
  • 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Guest/Spouse Buffet Breakfast
  • 10:00AM – 2:00PM – Guest Activity (subject to additional fee)
  • 12:30PM – 1:45PM – Luncheon
  • 1:45PM – 5:00PM – Conference Programming
  • 6:30PM – 7:00PM – Reception
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Awards Recognition Dinner

 Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Buffet Breakfast
  • 7:45AM – 1:00PM – Conference Programming
  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM – Guest Activity – Yoga Class
  • 9:30AM – 11:30AM – Guest/Spouse Continental Breakfast
  • 1:00PM – 1:45PM – Networking Luncheon
  • 1:00PM – 2:15PM – Board of Directors and Committee Chairs Meeting
  • 2:15PM – 3:30PM – Board of Directors Meeting

Details coming in late December 2020.

Details coming late December 2020.

Details coming late December 2020.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel
333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Main phone number for hotel: (619) 234-1500
Reservations phone number: (800) 228-9290

An on-line reservation link will be available and posted here in mid-November 2020.

Room Rates and Current Taxes:

• Run of House Room Rate is: $265 Single/Double Occupancy plus 12.5% tax per room/per night
• Since GBA elected to opt out of the resort/destination fee – each guest is responsible for purchasing services or amenities on an a la carte basis.

The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel overlooks a private marina and is within minutes to numerous area attractions including Seaport Village, The Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and more. The hotel is within 5 miles from the San Diego International Airport. Each guest room has an impressive view of the city, San Diego Bay or the Pacific Ocean. Additional amenities of the hotel include: The Hideaway Spa which offers a variety of treatments and services to reinvigorate the body; an on-site fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights, Universal weight machines, and several complimentary fitness classes; two outdoor swimming pools. three full-service restaurants offering American, Mexican or Asian-Fusion cuisine and an in-house Starbucks®.

AMERICAN
Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

The award-winning Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar has reinvented comfort food with creative takes on American favorites. Savor every bite while enjoying the incredible views of the San Diego marina and Southern California coastline.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual Phone: +1 619-234-1500

MEXICAN
Tequila Bar & Grille

Step into our tropical pool area and enjoy dining on the Baja Mexican cuisine of Tequila Bar & Grille. This casual restaurant offers delicious fare, one of the largest tequila menus in the world and an inviting resort atmosphere near the San Diego marina.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual Phone: +1 619-234-1500

ASIAN-FUSION
Roy’s

If you are craving innovative Asian-fusion fare, Roy’s in our San Diego hotel is a ‘must try.’ This popular restaurant tempts with fresh seafood entrees and much-lauded sushi rolls, as well as unforgettable views of the marina.
Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Dress Jeans Phone: +1 619-239-7697

How to Secure a Room Reservation?

Phone reservations may be made by dialing: (800)-228-9290
Mention the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) or GBA’s 2021

Spring Conference to be quoted the group rate of $265.00 per night plus taxes.

An on-line reservation link will be available and posted here in mid-November 2020.

Secure room reservation early: Even though GBA’s cut-off date is Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Once GBA’s room block is filled the hotel and GBA cannot guarantee availability of rooms at the GBA group rate or any other room rate.
All reservations made must be secured by a one-night room/tax deposit guaranteed with a major credit card at the time reservation is secured.

Pre/Post Room Nights: Limited guest rooms may be available for up to 2 days pre/post the official conference dates of April 22-24, 2-2021 based on availability at the time reservations are made and at the hotel’s discretion. Should you plan to extend your stay, please contact the hotel early for best availability.

Hotel Reservation Changes and Cancellations: The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel has a Three (3) day (72-hour prior) room reservation cancellation policy. Room Reservation cancellations received less than 3 days prior to arrival will be subject to one night’s room/tax cancellation. Individuals who cancel must receive a cancellation confirmation number from the hotel.
Please Note: In-order-to minimize any charges to you, your firm, or to GBA, if you need to cancel your room reservation, please do so in a timely manner so that the guest room nights can be sold to other GBA guests. Contact Barb ([email protected]) or Sara ([email protected]) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can try to assign your guest room to someone else.

Check-in / Check-out Times: Check-in time is 4:00 PM; check-out time is 11:00 AM. The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel cannot guarantee any early check-ins before 4:00 PM. If you would like to check-in early, you may contact the hotel’s front desk representative on your arrival day to see if the hotel has any rooms clean and ready earlier than the 4:00PM check-in time.
Early Departure Fee/Policy: The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel has an Early Departure Fee/Policy; i.e., if you reserve to depart on the 24th, but leave a day early, you will be charged for the night you “missed” at the group room rate plus tax, unless you make arrangements with the hotel’s front desk manager in advance. Emergency and other special circumstance situations will be reviewed by the hotel on a case by case basis.
Beware of unauthorized hotel booking and housing agencies (Poachers): GBA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than GBA staff or GBA’s chosen hotel (Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel) contacts you and suggests that they represent any GBA event, they do NOT. It is GBA’s recommendation that you book your hotel guest room directly with the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel. Don’t be scammed! Should you have any questions, please contact Barb Nappy at 727-457-2272 (cell) or via e-mail at [email protected]

San Diego International Airport (SAN)
3665 N. Harbor Drive (Terminal 1) or 3707 N. Harbor Drive (Terminal 2), San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 400-2400
Distance between this airport and the hotel:  approximately 4 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $18 one way
Visit SAN airport website

John Wayne Airport – Orange County (SNA)
Thomas F. Riley Terminal, 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA
Phone: (949) 252-5200
Distance between this airport and the hotel: 88 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $150 one way
Visit SNA airport website

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
One World Way, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 646-5252
Distance between this airport and the hotel: approximately 125 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $225 one way
Visit LAX airport website

Parking:
Parking at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel is managed by Ace Parking.
In/out privileges included for both self and valet parking.
Garage height clearance is 10 feet.
Self-parking fee is currently: $9 per hour or $35 daily.
Valet parking fee is currently $50 daily.

Click any of the links below for information about the many things to see and do while in the San Diego area.

Official Travel Resource for San Diego

San Diego Visitor Information

Balboa Park
With its 17 museums, gardens galore, storied theater and music venues, Balboa Park could be considered the granddaddy of California’s cultural districts. Established more than 150 years ago, the park is the cultural heart of San Diego and is a must-visit destination where you can explore everything from art to science to history to horticulture in this iconic 1,200-acre urban park.

Ferry to Coronado Island
Enjoy a piece of history aboard the oldest working wood ferry in the US! Two ferry routes service Coronado from San Diego, departing from Broadway Pier and the San Diego Convention Center, at a cost of $5 per ride. Once across, you’ll arrive at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a waterfront marketplace full of over 25 unique shops and restaurants, and convenient access to all that Coronado Island offers.

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
The Japanese Friendship Garden (“the Garden”) is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. It illustrates two cultures and creates an immersive experience into Japanese culture. The Garden’s design is based on centuries-old Japanese techniques adapted to San Diego’s climate and florae and seeks to foster a relationship between humans and nature, providing a respite attuned to Japanese simplicity, serenity, and aestheticism.

The Garden sits on a 12-acre plot. It offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and festivals as well as accredited horticultural classes to enhance and deepen visitor appreciation for Japanese culture. As a valued community resource, it is well known for its unique setting, stone arrangements, koi ponds, water features, sukiya-style buildings and landscape.

Museum of Contemporary Art – San Diego
The collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego includes more than 4,700 works created after 1950, representing a variety of media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation. MCASD is known for collecting works by promising emerging artists and under-recognized, mid-career artists, as well as by major figures in international contemporary art.

Old Town San Diego Guide
The Old Town San Diego Guide provides information about Old Town attractions, restaurants, shopping & hotels that are in and close to Old Town. Our site also includes a list of historic sites and a calendar of Old Town community events.

Within walking distance there are a great many places to shop and dine with unique merchandise and a quaint atmosphere. Discover Old Town by visiting the many historic sites and learn about San Diego history.

Old Town is located in the heart of San Diego with 9 hotels to choose from and is convenient to everything. Stay in Old Town and you will be ready to experience San Diego and the adventure that is Old Town, California’s first settlement.

San Diego Zoo
An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, Komodo dragons, tigers, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of paradise, giant tortoises, elephants, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to see our colony of more than 25 koalas. A stroll through Africa Rocks reveals the animal and plant inhabitants of six iconic African habitats. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or an aerial view from Skyfari, and dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert’s Restaurant.

Seaport Village
Explore 50-plus diverse shops, 13 unique eateries and a variety of outdoor entertainment.

San Diego Botanic Garden
“To inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature.” San Diego Botanic Garden is designated one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For” by the American Gardens Association. Four miles of trails wind through its 29 uniquely themed gardens, among them a tropical rain forest, a bamboo garden, and regional desert landscapes. Together with two acclaimed children’s gardens and the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, it’s a hub for horticulture, conservation, education, and events.

U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Embark on an adventure at sea. Explore over 60 carefully restored exhibit areas from the engine room to the flight deck!

 

A refund (less $125/per person administrative fee) will be given to individuals whose conference registration cancellations are received by 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 26, 2021.   For cancellations received after this date, but not later than 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, April 9, 2021, the cancellation fee will be $250/per person, for administration, food service and related guarantee charges that GBA will have to absorb. No refund or credit may be given after 5:00PM on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Please note: GBA may charge an individual whatever GBA has to pay the hotel (in attrition fees) if you fail to cancel a room reservation in a timely manner and GBA is unable to assign the room to someone else. Be sure to notify Barb ([email protected]) or Sara ([email protected]rofessional.org) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can at least try to mitigate any additional charges.

Details

Start:
Apr 22, 2021 @ 8:00 am
End:
Apr 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm