According to Peggy Shandy Lane, director of the CVC Group, there were many reasons for the move and all of them focused on improving the quality of the experience for veterinarians, team members and exhibitors.
"We are looking to create a positive experience for attendees that provides sufficient space and the variety of content that people like under one roof."
The 2011 move to the Gaylord National offers attendees a top-notch new facility in a growing area just outside of downtown Washington D.C.
"Our goal was to find an easily accessible location that helps us build the quality and quantity of seminars and labs that veterinarians and technicians like," Lane says.
The Gaylord National is located in the fast-growing National Harbor nestled on the Potomac. The new meeting site offers easy access to downtown Washington D.C. and plenty of choices for entertainment, dining and other hotel locations.
Tremendous consideration and planning went into the site selection, Lane says, including negotiation on hotel rates to keep the continuing education and room rates affordable for veterinarians and team members.
With three airports offering access to the area, some 2,000 rooms at the Gaylord National and plenty of surrounding hotels, the new venue offers the conference plenty of room to grow, she says.
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