2019 MRA Conference & Trade Show

48th Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show

October 21 – 23, 2019

Hilton La Jolla Torrey
San Diego, CA
People, Purpose, Passion: the Pathway to Success

The Marine Recreation Association's 48th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show will be held this year at the spectacular Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, home to PGA golf tournaments, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and just twelve miles from the classic restaurants and entertainment of the Gaslamp Quarter and beautiful San Diego Bay.

Special hotel rates are being offered from October 15th to the 28th, 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.

This year's Conference will again focus on enhancing guest services and customer satisfaction, improving operations and regulatory compliance, and optimizing fiscal results. Imagine the possibilities and potential for your marine operations and business as the marine industry continues to evolve in today's rapidly changing world of new challenges and potential.

The Conference will feature seminars and round-table discussions covering key marine industry management, operations, and marketing concerns, along with an extensive Trade Show exhibiting the latest technology and engineering with a broad range of products and services from leading industry vendors and contractors focused on innovation, growth and profitability.

Imagine, the perfect opportunity for marine industry professionals to meet, innovate, and share experiences and effective strategies dealing with the ever-evolving business environment.

This year's Conference will kick off on Monday, October 21st with three special events:

  • The 25th Annual MRA Golf Tournament will tee off at the Torrey Pines North Course, the more scenic of the two world-renowned Torrey Pines golf courses, newly renovated by Tom Weiskopf in 2016, and one of the most spectacular golf courses in America. SOLD OUT
  • The 7th Annual MRA Marina & Boatyard Tour will visit a number of San Diego marina and boatyard locations, providing an in-depth view of some world-class marine operations.
  • And the "Introduction to Basic Marina Operations" seminar will provide a valuable opportunity for both new and seasoned managers and employees to enhance basic industry skills and knowledge focused on best management and operations practices and policies.

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

10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel resides on the Torrey Pines Golf Course with views of the fairways, greens, and vast Pacific Ocean from every room. 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.

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 Wi-Fi, 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 state-of-the-art conference and event center, the hotel provides everything for a relaxing and memorable stay.

Grab a bite to eat at the hotel restaurant and bar or stay in and take advantage of the hotel room service or relax by the poolside lounge and bar. And of course you'll find a great variety of world-class restaurants and entertainment in nearby La Jolla and San Diego.

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.

Hotel Rate
Special Rates for MRA Members

Special Hotel Rates for MRA Conference Attendees will expire September 30, 2019 so book your room now as space will most likely sell out . . .

  • Room rate for MRA Conference attendees is $229.00 / night, plus tax, single and double occupancy - includes complimentary overnight self-parking
  • Special rate applies for stays from 10/15/19 to 10/28/19.
  • All reservations require a deposit of first night's room plus tax. Cancellation of reservations and/or no-shows without 72 hours notification prior to arrival will be charged first night's room rate plus tax to credit card on file. Please note that there is a $75.00 charge for all early departures.
  • Check-in time 4:00 pm - Check-out time 11:00 am
  • To make reservations call Hilton Reservations at 858-558-1500, extension "0" or toll free 877.414.8020, and be sure to mention the Group Code: "MR1019"; or to book online, go to https://book.passkey.com/go/MR1019.
  • For more hotel and travel information visit www.hiltonlajollatorreypines.com.
25th Annual MRA Golf Tournament
Tee Time: 9:30 am, Monday, October 21, 2019

Torrey Pines North Golf Course
11480 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037

The $215 / person tournament fee includes green fee, cart, drink tickets, and a $15 food voucher. A best-ball, scramble format is typically followed. Awards will be given at the Monday night Welcome Reception.

The Torrey Pines North Course was renovated in 2016 by renowned golfer Tom Weiskopf, and is the host course for the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open. The North Course is shorter, and considered to be more scenic than the South Course, with many picture-perfect opportunities along the track. Bordered on its north end by the Torrey Pines State Reserve, it's a golf course to be remembered and an experience not to be missed.

Marina Tour
7th Annual Marina and Boatyard Tour

Transportation for Tour will depart at 9:30 am, Monday, October 21, 2019
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037

Tour transportation cost is $40 per person. Attendees will visit the following premier marina and boatyard operations, and gain valuable insight into their operations, facilities, and customer service practices.

  • Half Moon Marina, 2323 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

    Half Moon Marina is located on the beautiful, tropical Shelter Island and is a short drive to all of San Diego's most popular attractions. The 180 slip marina offers a wide variety of amenities including a reservable 50' guest dock, newly renovated restrooms, showers, laundry room, free wifi, 4K security camera system, security gate and off street parking all situated in a relaxing atmosphere. The marina is moments from the fuel dock, marine chandleries, restaurants, cafes and grocery stores. Adjacent to the docks is the famous Humphreys Concerts with acts such as Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Still and Nash, Willie Nelson, BB King and Tony Bennett to name just a few. We are a certified Clean Marina and allow live aboards. We welcome both long term tenants and visiting guests.

  • Point Loma Marina , 4980 N Harbor Drive, Suit e 101, San Diego, CA 92106

    Point Loma Marina offers a friendly home to both long-term tenants and short-term guests. We're proud to be a Certified Clean Marina and continually aim to maintain a clean and safe environment for our boaters and their families. Our marina comprises 55 slips and end ties, ranging from 36' to 178' in length. We're pet friendly and our location is perfect for access to many restaurants, shops, boat yards and other services in the Point Loma/Shelter Island area.

  • Sun Harbor Marina , 5000 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

    Sun Harbor is the world's first LEED certified marina and continues this tradition as a certified Clean Marina. Dating back to 1933, this marina has enjoyed a long history in America's Cup Harbor and has a reputation as one of the earliest and most established marinas in San Diego. The marina offers slips from 20' to 76' in length as well as storage and bike lockers, free WiFi, electric vehicle charging stations and individual pump-out hydrants along with many other amenities. This marina is pet friendly and offer live aboard accommodations. Because of its unique location, the marina has wonderful amenities that go beyond the traditional marina with restaurants and water sport rentals at the head of the docks, dock and dine accommodations and a multitude of retail stores a short walk away.

  • Marine Group Boat Works, LLC, 1313 Bay Marina Dr, National City, CA 91950

    Marine Group Boat Works, LLC (MGBW) is a family-owned, full-service boat and superyacht refit and repair facility occupying over 15 acres of land and water. Located at the southern part of the San Diego Bay with a second location in San Jose del Cabo, MGBW specializes in refits, repairs and new construction of boats up to 220 feet long. Marine Group Boat Works is recognized worldwide for its 665-ton travelift, making it the premiere San Diego superyacht refit facility for the West Coast. Its specialties include haul-outs, bottom paints, Lloyds' and ABS-class surveys, engine repowers, mechanical repairs, propeller service, custom fabrications and more. Specific to the commercial and government sectors, MGBW also provides highly specialized services including new construction, custom metal fabrications and emergent work repairs for vessels ranging from range training support crafts, workboats, tugboats and barges.

Introduction to Basic Marina Operations
Introduction to Basic Marina Operations

Seminar sessions will run from 9:00 am to 2:20 pm on Monday, October 21, 2019

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Conference Center
10950 North Torrey Pines Road,
La Jolla, California 92037

The cost for this important series of introductory seminars is $94 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.

2019 MRA Conference & Trade Show Registration
Registration Fees

Registration fees for the 48th 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 22nd and conclude at 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019. All attendees are invited to attend the Welcome Reception at 5:15 pm Monday, October 21st. Sign up now to join us . . . Imagine!

Exhibitor Registration located in the Exhibitor Information Tab

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  Additional Person  
If postmarked by 7/31/19If postmarked by 7/31/19
After 7/31/19After 7/31/19

First time attendee rate is $494 for MRA members and $604 for Non-Members.