2016 MRA Conference & Trade Show

Marine Recreation Association’s 45th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

October 24 – 26, 2016

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego, CA
Navigating the Future

The Marine Recreation Association’s 45th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show will be held this year at the spectacular Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort in La Jolla, California, home to PGA golf tournaments, the Scripp’s Institution of Oceanography, and just twelve miles from the classic restaurants and entertainment of the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.

Special hotel rates are being offered from October 17th to the 30th, and attendees are invited to come early and stay late to enjoy the wonderful Southern California weather and amenities overlooking the white sand beaches and blue Pacific Ocean.

The theme for this year’s event is “Navigating the Future,” focused on enhancing guest services and customer satisfaction, improving operations and regulatory compliance, and optimizing fiscal results. The Conference will feature seminars and roundtable discussions covering key marine industry management, operations, and marketing concerns, along with an extensive Trade Show exhibiting a broad range of products and services from industry vendors and contractors—the perfect opportunity for marine industry professionals to meet and share experiences, and effective strategies, dealing with the ever-evolving business environment.

This year’s Conference will kick off on Monday morning, October 24th, with three special events:
  1. The 22nd Annual MRA Golf Tournament will tee off at the Torrey Pines South Course, home of the 2008 US Open Championship.
  2. The 4th Annual MRA Marina Tour will visit a number of San Diego marine businesses, including the Bay Club Hotel & Marina, Driscoll Boat Works, Shelter Island Marina, Nielsen Beaumont Marine Inc, and Gold Coast Anchorage.
  3. The "Introduction to Marina Operations" seminar, designed to enhance industry skills and knowledge for new marina and boatyard managers and employees.
A Welcome Reception for all attendees and guests will be held Monday evening in the conference Trade Show pavilion at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines conference center. Regular Conference seminars, Trade Show exhibits, and other events will continue Tuesday through Wednesday.

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resides on the Torrey Pines Golf Course with impeccable views of the fairways, greens, and vast Pacific Ocean. With phenomenal accommodations, landscape, and scenic vistas, the hotel offers the quintessential Southern California experience just minutes from the village of La Jolla, and the beautiful beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar.
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
This peaceful seaside venue is also just 8 miles from Sea World San Diego, and 12 miles from the classic restaurants and entertainment of the downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. And, don’t forget about the world renowned San Diego Zoo and Safari Park nearby.

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines offers one-of-a-kind service and excellent amenities, including high-speed internet and in-room wifi, on-site fitness and 24-hour business center, private balcony or patio at each room, and discounts at hotel and resort shops. With upscale and comfortable accommodations, a gorgeous ocean-side pool, on-site spa, and recently renovated meeting and event center, the hotel provides everything for a relaxing and memorable stay.

Rental cars, Super Shuttle, bus service, and taxis are available at the San Diego Airport. Bus and taxi service is available from the downtown AmTrak station. Typical rates are:
$16 / person for bus and shuttle service
$45 for taxis
$50 / day for rental car
Non-guest self-parking fee is $10.00 per day

Special hotel rates are being offered for MRA Conference and Trade Show attendees. Book your room now as space will sell out. Special offer will expire September 30, 2016.

Hotel Information
Special Rates for MRA Members
  • Room rate for MRA Conference attendees is $219.00 / night, plus tax – single and double occupancy – includes complimentary overnight self-parking – rate applies for stays from 10/17/16 to 10/30/16.
  • All reservations require a deposit of first night’s room plus tax. Cancellation of reservations, early departures, and/or no-shows without 48 hours notification prior to arrival will be charged first night’s room rate plus tax to credit card on file.
  • Check-in time 4:00 pm – Check-out time 11:00 am
  • To make reservations call Hilton Reservations at 858-558-1500, extension “0,” and be sure to mention the Group Code: MRA16; OR, book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/MRA16.
  • For more hotel and travel information go to www.hiltonlajollatorreypines.com.
22nd Annual MRA Golf Tournament
Tee Time: 9:30 am, Monday, October 24, 2016
Torrey Pines South Golf Course
11480 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037

The $205 / person tournament fee includes green fee, cart, drink tickets, and a $10 food voucher. A best-ball, scramble format is typically followed. Awards will be given at the Monday night Welcome Reception.

The Torrey Pines South Course, located adjacent the hotel, was renovated in 2001 by renowned architect Reese Jones, and boasts dramatic coastline views and challenging golf on one of the longest golf courses in the US.

This course was home to the 2008 US Open Golf Championship, perhaps the most memorable modern-day US Open, when an injured and hobbling Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in a sudden death playoff after 90 grueling holes of exciting golf. It's a golf course to be remembered and an experience not to be missed.
Marina Tour
4th Annual Marina and Boatyard Tour
Transportation for Tour will depart at 9:00 am, Monday, October 24, 2016
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037

Tour transportation cost is $35 per person. Attendees will visit the following premier marina and boatyard operations, and gain valuable insight into their operations, facilities, and customer service practices.
  • Shelter Island Marina, 2071 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
    This award winning marina is part of the Best Western, Island Palms Hotel & Marina resort. The marina features 188 slips, from 20 feet to 200 feet in length. Slips provide premier amenities, including single and triple phase electrical service, and 440/200 European converter electrical. Slip holders also receive hotel guest privileges, including pool, spa, showers, fitness center, Wi-Fi, and TV hookups.

  • Driscoll Boat Works, 2500 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
    The Driscoll / Kettenburg Marine facilities have served the marine industry since 1918, and currently provide a full range of boatyard services, including haul-outs, bottom paint, and carpentry, welding, fiberglass, and mechanical repair and renovation for vessels up to 200 feet in length.

  • Nielsen Beaumont Premier Yachtworks, 2420 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 Nielsen Beaumont strives to provide the highest quality repair, maintenance, and restoration services for both sail and power yachts up to 80 tons. The facility was completely remodeled in 2011, and is one of the most modern and environmentally advanced boatyards in the country, featuring a closed-loop recycling system for all hydro-wash and storm water resulting in a zero discharge facility. The tour will also cover the nearby Gold Coast Anchorage Marina, which Nielsen Beaumont is now renovating and redeveloping into a full service marine center with new slips, fuel dock, yacht brokerage, marine services, and other amenities.

  • Bay Club Hotel & Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 This premier marina was the first “Green Marina” on the West Coast, with environmentally friendly dock construction from 100% recycled and recyclable materials. The Bay Club continues to provide top-flight services and environmental excellence with slips ranging from 10 feet to 80 feet in length. The marina is a ‘pet friendly’ and ‘live-aboard friendly’ facility, and slip holders receive hotel privileges, including pool, spa, fitness center, hotel, restaurant, and bar discounts, underground parking, and FREE morning coffee, and Wi-fi.

  • Shelter Island Yacht Center
Introduction to Marina Operations
Seminar sessions will run from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, October 24, 2016 Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Conference Center 10950 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, California 92037 858.558.1500

The cost for this important series of introductory seminars is $89 per attendee and includes lunch. The morning session will cover Introduction to Basic Marina Operations: Policies & Practices, discussing such topics as boatyard and marina best management practices, leasing and administrative policies and practices, and providing top-flight customer service. The afternoon session will provide critical information related to Basic Marina Safety & Maintenance, including how to assess and manage risk in a marine environment, marina and boatyard maintenance and safety policies and practices, and emergency management planning and practices. This is a session that all new marine industry managers and key employees should plan to attend.
2016 MRA Conference & Trade Show Registration
Registration Fees

Registration fees for the 45th Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show are listed below for both members and non-member attendees. Regular Conference events and activities will begin at 8:00 am Tuesday, October 25th and conclude at 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 26th, 2016. All attendees are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at 6:00 pm Monday, October 24th. Sign up now to join us Navigating the Future ...

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First time attendee rate is $484 for MRA members and $594 for Non-Members.

The conference will conclude at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.