Event Information about RAA's 45th Annual Convention
Amidst the ongoing pandemic, our team is fielding questions about our intent to hold an in-person event this year. While every effort is being made to hold an in-person event when it is safe, our team has created a list of FAQs that may answer attendee, exhibitor and sponsor questions as they come up. Please click here for FAQs about our 2021 event and read on for information about the rescheduled event.
RAA 2021 Annual Convention (Postponed from 2020)
On the heels of one of our strongest annual conventions in a decade in Nashville in 2019, team RAA was eagerly looking forward to bringing you even greater value in 2021. We know our convention provides for an important venue to bring our community together. However, under the influences of the COVID-19 global pandemic, RAA was forced to postpone its annual convention, and moved the event to the same time and place this year! The event is now scheduled for September 25 - 28, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ.
RAA staff worked with exhibitors who registered for RAA’s 2020 convention. Most exhibitors chose to roll their booths over to our new dates; however, our sponsorship and sales support teams worked to meet individual participant needs.
Since making that difficult decision, challenges continued for our industry. Last year, four RAA member airlines ceased operating and other airline and numerous associate member companies liquidated and others have experienced extensive furloughs. Our team has been steadfastly working to help regional airlines weather this crisis, which in turn helps to protect the health of every supply partner company in the regional aviation ecosystem.
Your participation in RAA, through associate membership and by exhibiting and sponsoring at our convention and other events, has been a critical source of financial and moral support for us. We are counting on your continued support. We will be rebuilding for some time and know you will too. Throughout, RAA will be here to support and protect this industry at every step.
What comes next?
The health and safety of all our attendees, your families, our staff and volunteers, and the community at large are of utmost importance to us. You—and your continued partnership—are important to us. At the present time, we are evaluating the complex business and health regulatory environment to ensure we can hold a successful in-person event. Should we be unable to hold an in-person event, RAA staff will work tirelessly to meet vendor needs with a virtual alternative.
We look forward to seeing you again in person. Until then, please watch your inboxes for news as we continue to make updates. You may also read our FAQ page for help with common questions about the event, including exhibitors rights and obligations in the event of a cancelation and steps RAA will take to include our exhibitors in future convention planning.
Whatever the format, you may count on our team’s commitment to producing a high quality event that showcases the industry’s resilience and determination to rebuild, together, while protecting the important networking opportunities our airlines and their suppliers enjoy at RAA events.
Thank you for being an important part of the RAA family!