Pre-Conference Information

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Welcome to GAA Conference

Pre-Conference Information

(Very Important – Please Print this out!)

The details below contain very important last minute information which you should print out and use as a checklist and reference for the conference.

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ONSITE REGISTRATION

Everyone must do the onsite registration to obtain a conference bag which contains essential conference materials such as a delegate badge (which must be worn at all times), a conference agenda, and other valuable information.

Please do your onsite registration and pick up your conference bags at these times and locations:

Sunday, 8th October 2017
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Amsterdam Marriott Hotel Lobby


Address: Stadhouderskade 12, 1054 ES Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Tel: + 31 20 607 5555 / Fax: + 31 20 607 5511

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TEAM BUILDING

Sunday, 8th October 2017
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Amsterdam Marriott Hotel Lobby

(Coach depart 2:00 pm sharp !)

Be ready for team building!!!

- In October, the weather can be quite cold, so wear comfortable long pants and a jacket.
- Take an umbrella with you in case of rain.

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

For the Full Agenda, please click
http://conference.globalaffinityalliance.com/gaa2017/info/eng/agenda.php

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HOW TO GET TO AMSTERDAM MARRIOTT HOTEL

Airport transfers are NOT provided by GAA.

  • From Airport

    The easiest way is by taxi and the cost is approx. €40-45.  The journey to your hotel from the airport is approximately 30-40 mins depending on the traffic.

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SETTLE ALL PAYMENTS BEFORE ARRIVING

For those who have already registered, but still have not settled their invoices, especially ones for hotel arrangements, please do so immediately. Your hotel reservation will be tentative until we receive payment for your rooms. If you have not settled payment before your arrival in Amsterdam then your room will be subject to availability at the time of checking-in. We accept CASH only. Please settle any outstanding payments at our Registration Desk.

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ONE ON ONE MEETING SCHEDULER

Please ensure that you pick up the most updated One-On-One Schedule each morning before the meetings start. The One-on-One meeting scheduler will close for the first time on Sunday, 8th October at 9:00 pm and then re-open as per the following schedule:



Date Color Pick Up Time Scheduler Operating Hours
Monday, 9th October Yellow 9:00 am – 10:00 am 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, 10th October Blue 9:00 am – 10:00 am 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, 11th October Pink 9:00 am – 10:00 am  


Important: Out of respect for all delegate’s privacy, we will not reveal information about someone else’ One-on-One schedule to anyone.

If you would like to meet someone or reschedule/cancel a One-on-One meeting then please contact our registration desk. We will provide you with a “One-on-One Communication Sheet” which will allow you to leave messages for certain delegates to be delivered by our staff.

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WCA EVENTS APP

WCA Events App allows members and delegates to schedule One-on-One meetings with fellow attendees easily and instantly, straight from their mobile phone/tablet. It contains all the information you need for each event including conference agendas, conference floor plans, venues, maps, and attendee lists. Search for “WCA Events” in the Apps Store and Play Store, or scan the below QR codes.

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TRAVEL GUIDE

MONEY AND CURRENCY

In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of the European Community, the accepted currency is Euro (EUR, €), no other currencies are commonly accepted so you will need to change your Dollars, Sterling, Yen, etc. to Euros. Credit cards are widely accepted though in some small shops or hotels, there might be an extra charge (2-6%) if you pay by a credit card. A passport may be required when exchanging money. Generally, the most preferred payment method is Euro cash.

WEATHER

Please check Amsterdam weather forecast here.

DUTCH LANGUAGE

Dutch is the national language of Netherlands. However, English is spoken by everyone in Amsterdam. In addition, many Dutch people speak German and French. Dutch is the mother tongue of well over 21 million Dutch people and Flemish people (Dutch-speaking nationals of Belgium).

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SAFETY

Amsterdam is a safe city, and there is nothing to fear when walking in any part of the city. However, don't leave your belongings unattended. When you're in a coffee shop, bar or restaurant, keep your bag near to you - under the table, between your legs. As in every large city, beware of pickpockets. Some residential surburbs (outside the city) have a bad reputation at night.

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS & REMINDERS

WCA/GAA representatives are available 24 hours a day. If you need urgent assistance then please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.

Name Mobile Phone Local Amsterdam Phone
Mr. Brian Majerus
(Managing Director)
+1 847 800 7226 N/A

 Mr. Matthew West
(Regional Director, North America)
+1 702 757 8620 N/A

Ms. Monica Tappi Van Velthoven
(Vice President – Europe)
  +31 655 544 690

Mr. Randy Van Velthoven
(Regional Manager – Europe)
  +31 631 799 830

Mr. Erwin Van Der Genugten
(Regional Manager – Europe)
+ 31 6270 72470 +31 6270 72470
 Ms. Aui
(Conference Manager)
N/A +31 6555 28535
(valid from Oct 7)

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REMINDERS:

  1. Please wear your badge at all times. Badges are essential – you will NOT be admitted to ANY function areas without it. Please also do not lose your badge because a replacement will only be issued on production of a passport or government ID card. A business card or other forms of ID will not be accepted. 

  2. Always carry a sufficient supply of business cards so you won’t have to run up to your room to get new ones.

  3. Please show up on time for all of your meeting appointments. If you cannot make it to a meeting appointment for any reason then please have the courtesy to inform your meeting partner by contacting our staff to fill out a “One on One Communication Form.