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 Frequently Asked Questions

General

How do I get to the Annual Meeting?

The 2020 NPA Annual Meeting will take place at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. The closest major airport is the Orlando International Airport (RSW), located approximately 15 miles from the hotel. Taxis and ridesharing services are available. More information is available.

What time does the Annual Meeting start?

Registration will open on Sunday, March 15, at 1:00 pm. The Welcome Reception and Dinner will start at 6:00 pm.

When is the registration desk open?

Sunday, March 15, 2020                               1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, March 16, 2020                               7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2020                              7:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

Hotel


How do I reserve a guest room for the Annual Meeting?

Reservations can be made online or by calling the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista at 1-855-757-4984 and referencing "NPA". The discounted NPA room block is available until Wednesday, February 12 for stays between March 13 and 17, 2020. More details are available.

 

Location

 

What local restaurants and activities are available outside the resort?

 

Visit Orlando is a great resource to find a restaurant or plan a getaway before or after the Annual Meeting. Additionally, Disney Springs provides rich offerings very close to the hotel.

 

 

Registration

How do I register?

Registration for the 2020 NPA Annual Meeting takes place online through NPA’s online store. You can also sign up for bocce, golf or purchase a sponsorship through the registration portal. If you need your email address added to the system or need assistance, please email info@ilovepasta.org.

When is the deadline for the early registration discount?

Early registrants can take advantage of a $100 discount for all registrations received on or before January 30, 2020.

I would like to bring my spouse/companion. Are there fees associated with this?

NPA is offering registration for spouses and significant others at $550. All guests must be pre-registered before the start of the meeting and must wear a name badge to be granted access to receptions and meal functions. A companion is defined as a spouse, significant other or other family member, not an adult in an industry-related occupation. A coworker, associate or spouse/family member who works within the industry may not register in the companion category.

Can I register onsite?

Yes, you may register when you arrive onsite, but your name will not be included in the printed pre-registered attendee list and you will need to provide credit card payment information upon registration.

Where is my receipt?

Upon completion of your registration, you will be emailed a receipt with your confirmation. Please check your spam folder. If you need an additional copy, please email info@ilovepasta.org.

 

 

Attendee List

 

How can I obtain a copy of the attendee list?

Printed copies of the final attendee list will be available at the meeting. The online attendee list is available at any time.

 

Receptions

What is the dress code for the receptions?

The dress code for the receptions is business casual. As many of the events are outside, comfortable shoes and light layers of clothing are recommended. A sport coat and tie is typical for men at the Tuesday evening dinner. Temperatures in Orlando average around 80°F in mid-March.

Is there a special event to welcome new members and first-time attendees?

First-time attendees and new members are cordially invited to meet the NPA Board of Directors at a special reception on Sunday, March 15. Please contact info@ilovepasta.org for more details.

 

Golf

Can I register for golf onsite?

We recommend advance registration for golf to ensure that you have a spot in a foursome. If you prefer to register onsite, please check with the NPA registration desk upon arrival to see if space is still available.

I registered for the Annual Meeting and forgot to register for golf. How can I register for this?

Please log in using your email address and go to the online store. You can add the 2020 NPA Annual Meeting golf tournament and golf club rental to your shopping cart.

I am playing golf and want to make sure I am playing with a certain foursome. How do I note this request?

During the registration process, be sure to enter the names of your preferred foursome. We do not publish the list of registered golf players, so please contact your colleagues to confirm their participation prior to entering their names. Foursomes are selected a week before the event. We will do our best to accommodate all requests, but you may be placed in a foursome outside of your selected group.

 

 

Bocce

 

Can I register for bocce onsite?

 

Please check with the NPA registration desk upon arrival to see if space in the mixed-gender, double-elimination bocce tournament is available.

 

I registered for the Annual Meeting and forgot to register for bocce. How can I register for this?

 

Please log in using your email address and go to the online store. You can add the 2020 NPA Annual Meeting bocce tournament to your shopping cart.


 

Cancellations

If I cancel my registration, will I receive a refund?

NPA grants refunds less an administrative fee of $100 until February 24, 2020, by sending a request to info@ilovepasta.org. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 24, 2020, except in the case of emergency, such as an illness or death in the family.

If I am unable to attend, can I send someone in my place?

If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting and would like to send a replacement from your company, please send your request to info@ilovepasta.org. The replacement must be a colleague from your organization.

 

 

Additional Questions

 

I have a dietary concern. Who should I inform about this and how?

 

During your registration process, please note any dietary concerns in the space indicated on the registration form. If you are unable to do so, please email info@ilovepasta.org.

I would like to get as much networking done as possible. When should I arrive?

The welcome reception and dinner are scheduled for Sunday, March 15, starting at 6:00 pm, so attendees should plan to arrive at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista prior to this event. The Executive One-on-Ones provide structured networking for pasta suppliers to meet with manufacturers. Other excellent opportunities are the multiple daily breaks and the golf and bocce tournaments. Additionally, Monday lunch and dinner and Tuesday lunch are unscheduled times for any appointments that you may want to plan.

 


 

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