AIC 2019 Annual Meeting – Greater New England

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the Greater New England area selected as the location for the 2019 meeting?

AIC has struggled to find affordable Northeast locations for the Annual Meeting. This has resulted in our many members living and working in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions:

  • Always traveling long distances to the Annual Meeting, and 
  • Being unable to showcase their work to their peers in the form of Annual Meeting tours.


Why was the Mohegan Sun hotel selected as the main meeting location vs. a New England city?

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AIC is priced out of Boston and New York City. Hartford and New Haven do not have a venue large enough to hold the AIC Annual Meeting. We have outgrown the space we used in Providence in 2006 and the next option is too much space and cost for us. The Mohegan Sun located in Uncasville, CT, provides the following opportunities for AIC:

  • Uncasville is 45 minutes by bus from New Haven. AIC is planning to offer both workshops and tours at Yale University. It might be possible to arrange a two-day pre-conference package with an overnight in New Haven. Attendees could take the train to New Haven and then be bused to the Mohegan Sun.
  • Uncasville is 45 minutes by bus to Hartford. AIC is considering offering tours and possibly workshops and receptions at the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.
  • Uncasville is 50 minutes by bus to Newport, RI. The Newport mansions are possible tour locations, including the possibility of an overnight tour.
  • Uncasville is 90 minutes by bus to Boston. Tours of Boston museums are being planned. Attendees could fly into Boston and transfer to the tour site and then be bused to the Mohegan Sun.
  • Uncasville is 2.5 hours by bus from New York City. A pre-conference overnight tour to New York City could be planned.
Additionally, Uncasville is about 20 minutes to many great New England sites. Receptions are possible at the Mystic Seaport, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Lyman Alyn Art Museum, Florence Griswold Art Museum and many other great locations.

The location of the Mohegan Sun offers AIC opportunities to develop rich and diverse pre- and post-session programing. It is unlikely that AIC will ever be able to hold the Annual Meeting in New York City and/or Boston. However, those locations are accessible from the Mohegan Sun.

The Mohegan Sun is a casino hotel. How can it live up to past meeting locations?
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  • The Mohegan Sun is a Four Diamond Rated Hotel.
  • The Mohegan Sun is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which represents the finest and most diverse global portfolio of independent hotels. All must be 4 or 5 Diamond properties. Preferred Hotels & Resorts requires that each of its member hotels conform to the Preferred Standards of Excellence™, renowned quality standards that are measured by yearly anonymous on-site inspections carried out by professional third-party experts.
  • All of the meeting space, all access to sleeping rooms and the hotel lobby, and access to most of the restaurants is on a level above the casino. Unlike large casino hotels in Las Vegas, one can access their room, the meeting space, and most restaurants while never setting foot in the casino.
  • Travel & Leisure Magazine named Mohegan Sun the #1 Hotel in Connecticut for 2016.
  • The hotel has 1,200 rooms and over 100,000 square feet of meeting space.
  • More than 95% of the sleeping rooms and all common areas are non-smoking. The casino has smoking and non-smoking sections.
  • Sleeping room rates on the hotel’s booking calendar on the website run from $179 on Monday and Tuesday nights to $599 on the weekends. However, AIC’s rate is $139 per night – Sunday to Thursday.
  • The property is owned and operated by the Mohegan Sovereign Nation.
  • The resort has over 30 restaurants from quick service to fine dining.

(Note: We have linked to the Mohegan Sun website so that you can see the high quality of the hotel. All of AIC’s rooms will be located in the Sky Hotel. Please don’t reserve your room now. AIC will open the room block in the fall of 2018 and we will have a special link to our room block) 

 

Value, Inclusiveness, and Fairness:
Three Reasons for Selecting the Mohegan Sun as the 2019 AIC Annual Meeting Site

Mohegan Sun at nightWhile AIC keeps Annual Meeting registration rates as low as possible, we do hear from members that the cost of attending the annual meeting is too high. This is especially true for those members in private practice. Being able to hold the annual meeting in the Northeast, within driving distance of a large percentage of our members, greatly reduces the cost to attend for many. In addition:

  • The sleeping room rate at the Mohegan Sun is $139 (Sun-Thu) with a special block for students at $98.
  • By using the hotel during the week (the Mohegan Sun’s busy time is weekends), AIC is getting a top-notch hotel at a good value.
  • Parking is free
  • Travel by Amtrak is easy and affordable
  • AIC will be able to offer low-cost bus shuttles from New York City and Boston
AIC attempts to select meeting sites and dates so that all AIC members will be able to attend the annual meeting (at least some of the time). Not all dates and locations will appeal equally to each member. However, by varying the dates and locations for the meeting each year, we are able to achieve a level of fairness and access to the annual meeting for all members.