The Association for Women in Sports Media will hold its 2019 annual convention June 13-16 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina along the scenic downtown waterfront.
The Marriott Waterside is located across the street from Amalie Arena – home to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning – and sits two miles from Ybor City, accessible from a trolley stop steps from the hotel. The Florida Aquarium and Tampa Museum of Art are less than a mile away. The property will have completed a $40 million renovation by the time AWSM’s conference is held.
General registration for the convention is currently open: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=rqkrk. Our current registration rates are $650 for nonmembers, $400 for professional members and $325 for student members. Registration will close May 10 or when capacity is reached. Cancellations are subject to a $25 fee. No refunds will be processed after May 1. Early registration closed on March 15.
These rates represent AWSM’s first increase in fees in more than five years. The conference continues to be one of the best values among media organizations, factoring in the amount and type of food and beverages offered as well as outings and quality speakers.
Pro Football Hall of Fame broadcaster Andrea Kremer and ESPN senior writer Jackie MacMullan are two of the featured speakers set to headline #AWSM2019. A full convention agenda will be announced at a later date.
AWSM attendees will be offered an initial rate of $169/night for single/doubles, which includes complimentary internet. The room rate is good three days before and three days after the conference, based on availability. Attendees also are eligible for reduced valet parking rates. To book your room, visit https://book.passkey.com/go/AWSM19
AWSM will continue to seek to secure rental car and shuttle discounts for attendees.
Results from a survey distributed at AWSM’s 2018 conference in Arizona and a social media poll indicated Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth are favorites among the membership for the organization’s next conference. AWSM will look into the viability of competitive pricing in each area before it makes a determination on the 2020 conference location.
Tampa photos courtesy of Visit Tampa Bay.