RAA Announces Rescheduled 2020 Annual Convention
RAA has announced it will reschedule its 45th Annual Convention, originally planned for September 29-October 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. RAA plans to move the 45th Convention forward by one year, held at the same time of year in our selected location. The new Annual Convention dates will be September 25 - 28, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ.
We know our convention provides for an important venue to bring our community together and today, we need our community more than ever. For this reason, our team is working on a virtual event to tide us over until we can meet again in person. However, in view of the extraordinary worldwide crisis of COVID-19, and as chances for a safe and productive 2020 event diminish by the day, rescheduling our in-person Annual Event provides us with an opportunity to preserve value for our members, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Allowing a full year before we reschedule allows us to rebuild our show and focus on creating a milestone event that will showcase the industry’s resilience and determination to rebuild.
As we finalize our rescheduled dates and agenda, exhibitors who have registered for RAA’s 2020 convention will not need to take any action. Contracted booths will be rolled over to the new dates automatically; however, we will work with exhibitors and sponsors who are unable to reschedule. Our sponsorship and sales support teams are reaching out to exhibitors and sponsors to best meet your needs. If you are a sponsor or exhibitor with specific questions in the meantime, or you would like to sponsor or support a virtual conference this year, you may contact Diana Lundie at Diana@thelundiegroup.com.
In this industry, we need only scan social media to see incredibly inspiring stories of our member airlines, supply company partners and their essential workers locking arms (from an appropriate social distance!) to meet the vast and evolving human needs associated with this health crisis. Whether it is an airline making special announcements to a lone passenger traveling to a sick parent, or a manufacturer repurposing its work to create ventilators, a uniform company making masks and other PPE to protect frontline workers, or your employee groups supporting one another and various charitable health organizations, I have never been more humbled to be part of this community. You inspire me every day, and on behalf of our entire team I want to commit to you that we will continue to be here for you in return, as we fight to protect our shared industry.
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. With all this in mind, when we considered whether or not these challenges presented a reason to discontinue our annual convention permanently, the answer was a resounding “no.” We need one another more than ever now and we hope you will with stick with us into the future.
The health and safety of our attendees, your families, our staff and volunteers, and the community at large are of utmost importance to us. We thank you for your understanding in this complex situation.
This web page was last updated on April 22, 2020. Please check back often as we will post updated information as new details of our rescheduled events are confirmed.