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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/20/06 07:48 AM


June 14, 2006 - The early registration period for the IBM/SAM 2008 Combined Convention has been extended to the end of the year, it was announced today by the convention committee.

There is significant evidence of the worldwide interest in this special event with over 80 registrations received to date based only on the initial announcement last fall.

Since convention registration was set back almost four months while seeking a new convention site due to Katrina, the early registration period has been extended to December 31, 2006. This means that those people wishing to take advantage of the $295.00 early registration price have until the end of the year to do so.

In addition, a simplified registration fee schedule has been published.

Jan 1, 2006 Dec 31, 2006 $295.00
Jan 1, 2007 Dec 31, 2007 $395.00
Jan 1, 2008 Jun 30, 2008 $495.00
Jul 1, 2008 to the convention $595.00

A 2008 Convention Registration form may be found on both the IBM and SAM web sites and by email to IBMSAM2008@apps magic.com.


June 19, 2006 - The Galt House Hotel and Suites, Louisville, Kentucky, is now accepting reservations for the IBM/SAM 2008 Combined Convention during the week of July 21-26, 2008, it was announced today.

Although its early, we wanted those who are registering for the IBM/SAM joint convention in 2008 to be able to lock in their hotel reservation at the same time, said Diane Reiff, Galt House National Sales Manager. We understand that the early interest in this special magical event is significant and we want to do everything possible to accommodate our visitors from around the world.

Overlooking the Ohio River, The Galt House Hotel & Suites is Louisvilles premier hotel, with over 1,300 rooms and 120,000 sq. ft. of function space and an easy 200 yard walk to the Kentucky Center Performing Arts theater complex.

Hotel reservations can be made toll free by calling (800) 843-4258. Overseas calls should be made to the regular hotel phone (502) 589-5200. Reservations may also be made on line at www.galthouse.com (booking code 422497) where a virtual tour of rooms and facilities can also be made.

The Galt House has guaranteed its rates for the Combined Convention. Initially, 600 traditional rooms in the West Tower have been set aside at $99, single or double occupancy, plus an additional 300 Executive Suites in the East Tower at $124 for single or double occupancy. Applicable taxes apply to all reservations.

Although guests 18 or younger stay complimentary, triple and quad rates at a $10 increment each apply to adults. The convention rate is applicable 3 days prior and 3 days following the convention, subject to availability.
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